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Men for gender equality

Gender has always been understood to be about women. But increasing numbers of men are now challenging traditional views of masculinity. They are getting involved in debates about violence, parenting, relationships, and sexuality. They are questioning the stereotypes of what it is to be a man. And most – but not all – are doing it from a feminist perspective. This month’s NI asks men and women around the world about why it is important for men to be involved in work on gender equality.

ALSO: Special feature on biofuels • debate on animal testing • all our regular features

July 2011, Issue 444

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Cooking up a storm
Men’s willingness to address how they see themselves is bringing change for the women in their lives, too. Nikki van der Gaag offers a global perspective.
Reaching out with both hands
Gary Barker on helping young men break out of cycles of violence.
The prison that is patriarchy
South African activist Mbuyiselo Botha’s rallying call to his fellow men.
Boy talk...
A lighthearted look at some not-so-great expectations.
No longer a fairytale
Researchers Mark McCormack and Eric Anderson on a generation of men who are unafraid of showing affection.
Fields of burning gold
Danny Chivers with the lowdown on fuelcrops. Are any of them any good?
Branching out
Biofuels, including those still in the pipeline, at a glance.
Canada quits Afghanistan, almost
Canadian troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan this month. In theory, at least, reports Wayne Ellwood.
South Sudan: what now for Africa’s newest country?
Bedding down freedom in Tunisia
Burmese mothers told: ‘Do not add water!’
Walls of shame, destined to fail
Naming the dead in Mexico
Is animal testing necessary to advance medical research?
Pro-testing activist Laurie Pycroft and Helen Marston, who heads an organization that campaigns against the use of animals, focus on the key issues. Join the debate!
Campaigns set me free
Jailed for writing a song called ‘Constipated Constitution’, Cameroonian musician Lapiro believes international solidarity helped secure his release.
Books: Metamorphosis and more
Films: Blood in the Mobile and more
Music: Viscera and more
Gado-gado recipe
A popular Southeast Asian salad
An alien invasion
Not all visitors to the garden are welcome, as Anna Weston explains.
Fair trade your love life!
Ethical condoms
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With special reports on campaign news
Islam and other cultures; yet more on population and climate change; a Dalit hero remembered.
Country profile: Burkina Faso
Facts, figures and ratings.
Essay: Viewed through an ism
Chris Abbott challenges the way we see the world.
View from Havana
Leonardo Padura Fuentes considers Cuba’s prospects for real change.
Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia on the ‘true Egyptians’ who always seem to be up in arms.
Southern Exposure
A mother’s pain, photographed by K M Asad.
Mark Engler
Is the US really teetering on the edge of bankruptcy?
Puzzle Page
Axe's classic crossword is joined by a wordsearch and ‘Sudokey’
Making Waves
Krystian Legierski, politician and gay rights campaigner, believes the tide is turning in Poland.
Cartoon Corner
Polyp’s Big Bad World, Marc Roberts’ Only Planet plus guest cartoonist Elena Ospina from Colombia.
Anna Chen
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei is a thorn in China’s side.
And finally...
Canadian First Nations actor Adam Beach on being a role model for young aboriginal kids.