Lately I’ve been seeing a pattern. More and more men are standing up to misogyny, to sexual violence, to street harassment, to victim blaming, to rape apologia, to sexism.
Despite the noise created by the idiocy in the Men’s Rights Movement, a tide is shifting.
On every college campus and in every high school where I work, I meet young men who are passionate about creating a different masculinity.
In short, there are men who are acting like this:
So I wanted to take just a minute here at Change From Within to highlight some of those amazing men who are leading this transformation of masculinity, men who I admire tremendously and who inspire me to be a better man on the daily.
I’ve long been a fan of his writing and speaking, and I had the opportunity to meet with him recently, and I cannot describe the humble power this man possesses in words. His kindness and generosity are only surpassed by his brilliance.
As a public intellectual on issues of race, sexuality, and gender, Darnell is leading men to imagine their positionality in the world differently, moving toward an ethic of love and brotherhood rather than dominance and control, and his work with youth is truly groundbreaking.
Check out his recent Ted Talk:
His film House Devil, Street Angel is an autobiographical documentary that tells Fivel’s story of his struggle to raise his son to know a different, nonviolent, positive masculinity.
On a personal level, Fivel is a caring soul, a man who is passionate about making this world a better place and who makes you feel like a family member in that work from the moment he meets you.
Fivel is currently working on a documentary about consent and positive, healthy sexuality, so keep an eye out for that.
In the mean time, check out the first of Fivel’s film that I ever saw:
Kai is a filmmaker, poet, and Ph.D. candidate who strives to build a more inclusive understanding of gender and masculinity through his art and scholarship.
Though I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Kai in person, I am proud to boast that I get to write alongside Kai at Everyday Feminism where his writing inspires me to think differently about race, gender, and healing.
Check out the trailer for his documentary “It Gets Messy in Here” here, and watch his interview with Me and My Bois below.