American radical feminist John Stoltenberg – the widower of fellow feminist Andrea Dworkin, though both identified as gay – has been a tireless campaigner of feminism for many years. A prolific writer on gender issues, Stoltenberg is perhaps best known for his 1989 work Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice, a critique on the construction of misogynistic masculinity, male sexuality and its enabling forces like pornography. One of the founders of Men Can Stop Rape – a group that seeks to mobilize men to work towards building cultures free of male violence against women – Stoltenberg initiated its My Strength is Not for Hurting campaign, a program educating young men on sexual assault prevention.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Award-winning American documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt – the mind behind Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, an observation of masculinity and misogyny in the musical genre – first got involved in anti-sexism activism after graduating college when he landed a job with Mentors in Violence Prevention, a program initiated by fellow activist Jackson Katz, geared towards educating high school and college aged youth on gender violence prevention – an eye-opening experience that marked his immersion into feminism. In his 2011 essay for The Root, Hurt put forth why more black men should embrace feminism stating: “Not only does feminism give women a voice, but it also clears the way for men to free themselves from the stranglehold of traditional masculinity.”
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German artist Wolfgang Klaus Maria Friedrich – the first male artist to be exhibited at the Women’s Museum in Bonn – is a self-professed dedicated feminist, saying to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle: “I do it out of conviction. When I see inequality, then I have to address it. That’s my main job as an artist.” A political pop artist, Friedrich has two Women’s Museum exhibitions under his belt: a group show entitled Black Chocolate which explores women’s position in the art world, included his installment On everyone’s lips, while his 2013 exhibition Stronger Than… was a series of 33 paintings of powerful women from across the globe from iconic German feminist Alice Schwarzer to South African politician Nkosana Dlimini-Zuma.
Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor John Legend is known for hits including Ordinary People and All of Me, but in 2013 made a stand for women’s rights when at a press conference in London held by Chime for Change – a campaign founded by Gucci focused on promoting education and social justice for women and girls across the world – he announced: “All men should be feminist. If men care about women’s rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – its leads to a better society.” Legend cites his mother as a major influence in his feminist sensibilities.
Australian lecturer in sociology at the University of Wollongong, and pro-feminist Michael Flood is known for his research in areas including gender, sexuality, interpersonal violence and writings on pornography, anti-feminist men’s movements and homophobia. In 1990, Flood was the founding editor of the magazine XY: Men, Sex, Politics. Now an online magazine, XYonline explores men, masculinity and gender politics from a pro-feminist perspective with the mission of inspiring men to unite with women in the causes of gender equality and social justice. In 2006, Flood was recognized with a Violence Against Women Prevention Award from the New South Wales Department of Community Services for his work in raising awareness of violence prevention.
Rahul Roy, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker from India, is the brainchild behind films exploring issues of masculinity and gender relations such as When Four Friends Meet (2000) and Majma (2001), and is a tireless campaigner for gender equality. In 2007, Roy published A Little Book on Men, which addressed issues of problematic masculinity as a social construct from a pro-feminist viewpoint, while his most recent project Let’s Talk Men 2.0 is a series of four films observing masculinity of South Asian men in relation to stories of power, sex, violence and politics and has written a number of articles for the radical political blog Kafila on subjects including the 2012 Delhi gang rape.
Nana Kofi Acquah
Nana Kofi Acquah is a Ghanaian photographer, poet and blogger who travels around Africa using his camera to document the lives of African women to challenge dominant narratives that portray them as victims. Formerly and award-winning name in advertising, Acquah stated in an interview with BBC Africa that having close relationships with his female family members while growing up promoted him to become a feminist and raise awareness of women’s rights saying, “For me, feminism is when we can create a world where a woman has the same rights as a man. I believe my daughter has the same rights as my sons.”
Renowned American sociologist and gender studies expert Michael Kimmel first forayed into feminism as a college student. He volunteered at a domestic violence shelter where his girlfriend worked, and later began teaching on the subject of masculinity. A tireless advocate for male feminism, Kimmel believes feminism can be as enriching for men as it can be for women, stating in an article for Huffington Post, “Real equality will only come about with the active involvement of both men and women.” His seminal text Manhood in America: A Cultural History argues for the deconstruction of masculine ideals while more recent projects include The Guy’s Guide to Feminism co-authored with fellow male feminist Michael Kaufman.
Canadian punk rockers Propagandhi are well known for their radical left wing stance and are proponents of a number of causes, including anti-homophobia, veganism and anti-racism. They are staunchly feminist too. Their 1996 song Refusing to Be a Man had the lyrics: “I fight against their further attempts to convince a kid that birthright can bestow the power to yield the subordination of women.” The band also rallied support for the Russian feminist punk activist band Pussy Riot following their arrest in Moscow in 2012 and uses Twitter as a means of conveying feminist ideas.
Retired Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki, the mind behind films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003 – has often been hailed by film critics for the positive portrayal of strong female protagonists in his films that go against the grain of stereotypical female roles in many Japanese and Western films. One of the co-founding directors of famed Japanese anime production company Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki was praised by fellow founder Toshio Suzuki for encouraging female employment and progression at the studio, while online film magazine Screen Robot hailed Miyazaki as “one of the greatest feminist filmmakers of our time.”
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