for your note to FEMINIST.COM
and for all of the work you
clearly have been doing on behalf
of battered women. I don't know
if there is necessarily a trend
that men are advocating at women's
shelters--however, I do know
that over the past few years
there has been increased attention
given to how men need to play
a role in ending violence--given
that they are the majority of
the perpetrators. We can no
longer just protect the women--because
that hasn't curbed the problem.
So, yes, I do think that more
men are attempting to be allies
to women both by working with
organizations that are in place
to protect the women and that
are trying to "cure" the men.
has a greater impact if a fellow
male says "it's not good to
hit your wife" than it does
if a woman says "don't hit me."
Also, there are many books coming
out that examine malehood and
masculinity--this will certainly
add to the increase. Let's hope
it leads to us someday no longer
needing battered women's shelters.
I hope that helps.