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Updated 4/19/98

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Statement of Purpose and Editorial Guidelines

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Welcome to MenWeb!

MenWeb came on-line in November 1995 as the on-line edition of M.E.N. Magazine, making it one of the first national publications to go on-line. Since that time, it has taken a life of its own. In the past years, much of the material for the magazine came to us through MenWeb, with its international exposure. So when I agreed to Seattle MEN Board sentiment that I step away from the magazine (see "Death, Birth and Transformation in the Men's Movement" for the complete story) I focused on new ways to continue doing the work I've loved so much over the last five years. The result is MenWeb's new hard-copy brother publication, the Men's Voices quarterly. (Click here for details.)

NenWeb has garnered many awards for excellence. As of April 1998, about 600 Web sites have linked to us. But the most gratifying part, for me, is the e-lails I get almost daily, thanking me for providing this valuable resource for men

Seattle M.E.N. is no longer a sponsor of MenWeb, and has ceased publication of M.E.N. Magazine. We have extended sponsorship of MenWeb to a range of men's publications, as an expression of mutual synergy and support.

Since I became editor of M.E.N. Magazine in 1992, it has grown in size and in national stature. M.E.N. Magazine has gained a reputation among leaders of Men's Work throughout the U.S. and Canada and, through MenWeb, around the globe.

Men's Voices, like M.E.N. Magazine under my editorship, has a major focus on men's "inner work." It will continue the tradition of ground-breaking interviews like the ones M.E.N. Magazine has published with Robert Bly, Sam Keen, Robert Moore, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Marion Woodman, Warren Farrell, Aaron Kipnis and Elizabeth Herron, Dr. Sam Osherson, a number of other nationally-published authors, and men active in Men's Work. It also features men's stories, stimulating articles, poetry and reviews of books, audio tapes and videos of interest to men.

I have long been active in Men's Work and in other areas of personal growth. I do this work on a volunteer basis, above and beyond my full-time job. Currently, I am also the Forum Manager of the Men's Issues Forum on The Microsoft Network. My wife Bernetta, step-son Ian and I live in Seattle and spend much of their spare time in the mountains, backpacking, hiking and skiing.

I'm happy that we've added MP3 WebCasts from workshops, audio books and readings of poetry for men.

We've expanded our focus to include more gender justice ("Men's Rights") issues and men's health articles.

I think that adding an on-line bookstore is exciting. Not only does it help support this "labor of love" called MenWeb, but it provides a valuable service in a world where there are few books stores with "Men's" sections to match the "Wonen's" sections. In particular, men may be reluctant to go get books for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, or may not fiind the titles they need for their healing. MenWeb has them.

The most popular feature here has turned out to be the Men's Personal Stories page. The site has features on "Where Is Men's Work Going?" the Promise Keepers and "Has Feminism Gone Too Far?". The Web site also has a poetry section, a humor section with on-line cartoons, book reviews , a national calendar of men's events, and links to other interesting sites on men's issues and personal growth and development.

MenWeb is also an inexpensive way of promoting services and events world-wide. (A Web page promoting an event, linked to the National Calendar, Local Calendar and Resources pages, only costs $75 and gives national exposure to almost 10,000 readers a month. E-mail me for details.

MenWeb is guided by an International Advisory Board to guide this effort. Board members include Robert Moore, Harris Breiman (known for his work with men in prisons); Andre Heuer (guest editor of our series on where Men's Work is going); Onaje Benjamin (an African-American activist); Jed Diamond (author and men's leader since the early '80s); Steve Biddulph (author of Manhood, an Australian best-seller); Jim Bracewell of the Men's Resource Network; Tom Golden, internationally known for his work on men and grief; David Shackleton, publisher of Canada's Everyman magazine; James Sargent of the Ottawa Men's Center; Marc Braun of a men's center in Ohio; Halim Dunsky and Robert A. Carlson of Seattle, both former Seattle MEN Board members (Halim was recently President); Dick "Coyote" Prosapio, New Mexico therapist and program leader; James Dolan, Houston therapist; and Scott Abraham, well-known on the Web for his pioneering work (as a survivor) on childhood sexual abuse.

One of the first tasks of this International Advisory Board was to review our statement of purpose and our guidelines. Click here to see them.

One of the issues that comes up for us, for Wingspan and for other publications is the issue of targeting our audience. Do we provide basic information for people who want to know a little more about what Men's Work is and for men starting down this path? Or do we provide leading-edge stuff to stimulate those many men who have been doing this work for years? This is an issue we struggled with each month at MEN Magazine, within the confines of 24 pages.

But there's an exciting new opportunity here. We can provide basic information, for example on how to form a men's group. Articles and book reviews published we present on this were published in M.E.N. Magazine years ago. Those who saved their issues have no idea how to find that particular issue. But much of this information is "timeless," and MenWeb is an ever-growing resource for men new to Men's Work.

The choice which we take here is to provide a sampling of basic material. For example, we will keep on-line reviews of some of the basic tapes and books that have helped a lot of men in this work.

Our articles will provide a sampling of the kinds of things men are doing under the rubric of Men's Work. Healing their own wounds. Working to heal the planet. Working with men in prisons. Working personally, on relationship issues and socially, on men-women issues. Getting in touch with their spiritual side.

Some men have begun to question what we are doing. This self-examination is healthy and creative. Are we too stuck on the "warrior" instead of the "trickster". Do we need to move beyond the hero, as the title of Allan Chinen's wonderful book suggests? Is it enough just to go to men's gatherings? What should we be doing next? Are we doing enough to include men of color and gay men? Over the next years MenWeb and Men's Voices will be hitting many of these themes. Sections of MenWeb such as "Where is Men's Work Going" and "The Promise Keepers" focus on these issues.

Thank you for joining us. Let us know what you think. More important, let us know what YOU want to see on here. And, please support our efforts. Take the time to read our page, How can I be a part of this?

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