Favorite Web Sites - 2002

Menstuff® features a web site that we feel fits our parameters of positive change in male roles and relationships. Selections to date are listed below. Because of reduced funding and staff, this has become more periodic than weekly. Hopefully things will return to weekly soon. See also Web Sites of the Week 2001, 2003 or 2004. Also see Top 100.


Youth Web Online unites youngsters, teens and adults from diverse backgrounds and communities in the fight against bias, bigotry and prejudice. Young people can report hate-related incidents and get assisance along with information about hate crimes, school violence, discrimination and human rights.. To report a hate-crime, go to www.youthwebonline.com/everyone/reportform.html (See more about Hate Crimes.)


The Second Nature For the Guys sampler is a special sampler just for those special guys from menstuff.org on Father's Day and after. It includes screen saver images from some of their most popular collections! Check it out at www.secondnaturecd.com/secnatforguy.html

Second Nature Software is the producer of screen saver collections and, since 1993, a proud supporter of The Nature Conservancy. In a unique partnership between business and conservation, 100% of all after tax profits go to support The Nature Conservancy, an international non-profit membership organization founded in 1951. To date, more than $2.3 million dollars has been contributed to The Conservancy.

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Over the past half century, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 10 million acres of the most ecologically significant habitat in the United States, and more than 55 million acres in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.

Second Nature Software, Inc, 1325 Officers' Row, Vancouver, WA 98661, 360.737.4170, or fax 360.693.7869 or terry@secondnature.com or www.secondnature.com


This is International Men's Health Week, part of International Men's Month. We wanted to share what kids in France see on television about condoms. It is somewhat graphic, so if you are extremely sensitive or under 18, be advised. andigraph.free.fr/animation/pageanimationseb/pagepapabite.htm If you like it, tell the producers (gamatboy@aol.com) and tell your congressperson (where to write) that you want to see condom advertising on television in this country - the country with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world. Relying on parents and the church to give appropriate information about sex and assuming kids will abstain hasn't worked. And STDs and AIDS are on the rise again. So, let's try a new approach! Television.


Starting off International Men's Month - since men don't talk about, much less look at another man's penis, we thought we would bring you this opportunity. www.my-penis.org An interesting site, not pornographic but does link to some porn sites. Now, if you're over 17 and can handle it, check out this greeting card: www.my-penis.org/images/bouquet.jpg It's not gross. It's beautiful in a way. It is really something else. And, it's something you probably always wanted to do, no matter what your sexual orientatoin, but were afraid of getting caught.. This is a chance to check out "the other guy". Call it comparitive research.


The Fathermag provides some great on-line information for and about fathers. See www.fathermag.com


The Hepatitis Foundation International is cultivating a community that helps people with hepatitis concerns o manage and fulfill their lives. Organizations interested in strategic partnerships for hepatitis C testing, contact Andi Thomas 877.435.7443x101. For general hepatitis C info, call Hep C Connection at 800.522.HEPC www.hepfi.org


This web site is set up to raise public awareness and concern of, and assist people affected by, hepatitis C. They also have a plan for low-cost testing for Hep-C nationally. Call 877.help-4-hep (877.435.7443) for a confidential health-risk assessment and information about the blood test or go to www.hep-c-alert.org

HCV Anonymous sponsors a program of Positive Attitudes Anonymous is a fellowship of persons who have found that living with a potentially terminal illness (Hepatitis C) is a major challenge. They are individuals who meet regularly as a group, assisting one another in this new way of life. They have no outside affiliations. Their past is kept in confidence within the group. They don’t thrive on their past, but concentrate on what they want for today and their future. For many of them, the realization of their present condition left them feeling dejected and depressed. They could no longer live life to its fullest. They became disoriented, and their peace of mind was displaced by uncontrollable emotions. They have learned from their group experience that those who come to the meetings on a regular basis, and work the program with diligence, are those who experience spiritual transformation. hcvanonymouse.com and great Hep C Resources

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is a public awareness, education, and advocacy organization which works to create a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted surgery for intersex people (individuals born with anatomy or physiology which differs from cultural ideals of male and female). Examples of medical diagnoses which result in intersexuality are: clitoromegaly, micropenis, hypospadias, ambiguous genitals, early genital surgery, adrenal hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, androgen insensitivity, testicular feminization. www.isna.org or info@isna.org

Mothers Against Circumcision, (MAC), was created in January 1997. They maintain a website listing the many benefits of remaining intact and the physically, psychologically, and sexually damaging effects of circumcision. They are dedicated to ending circumcision of non-consenting children by educating parents. Members communicate online through an e-mail list. They post current news, exchange ideas, implement strategies to end circumcision, and provide support to one another. Members, including men, are of all ages, religions and walks of life. www.mothersagainstcirc.org

NOHARMM - National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males, informatin that news media needs concerning latest scientific research and emergingin social, legal andhuman rights developments relevant to the non-therapeutic genital alteration of unconsenting chidren. The mission is to raise public awareness about male genital cutting (MGC) practices and increase public understanding of genital integrity as a fundamental human right. www.noharmm.org/raising.htm or thammond@noharmm.org

The National Organization of Restoring Men is a non-profit support group for men who have concerns about being circumcised, are considering foreskin restoration, or are in the process of restoring their foreskins. Our aim is to help men regain a sense of self-directedness -- physically as well as emotionally.

NORM is dedicated to providing an arena in which circumcised men can share their concerns without fear of being ridiculed for a desire to be intact and whole again. A safe place is provided to discuss goals and learn about methods and techniques of restoration and to discover those methods that will work best for each individual. www.norm.org

NOCIRC, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center. MUSIC.com is an organization of musicians who support the work of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers. NOCIRC is an organization of diverse individuals committed through research, education and advocacy to securing the birthright of male and female infants and children to keep their sex organs intact. NOCIRC has over 100 centers throughout the world. NOCIRC-PA is the Pennsylvania branch of NOCIRC. www.nocirc.org/ or nocirc@concentric.net

The National Exchange for Urban Leadership created the African American Male Empowerment Summit (AAMES) in 1998 to promote entrepreneurship, fatherhood and youth leadership programs, while celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and organizations which enhance the lives of Urban Americans through mentoring, community development and partnership creation. It was inspired by the vast number of untapped, entrepreneurial opportunities and the strong, yet largely unknown, network of urban male mentoring, family and community development organizations across the U.S. It was created to profile young urban leaders and the elements which enable their success. aames.org or info@aames.org. EVENTS

Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination (FFYR) is MTV's yearlong campaign to educate our audience about discrimination and to help them fight it within their communities and in themselves. The initiative addresses some of the most prevalent types of discrimination in our communities today, including those based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and physical and/or mental ability.

The campaign is integrated into virtually every aspect of MTV. It includes specials and programming events, news segments, a free action guide, public service announcements and this Web site - the most comprehensive, youth civil rights destination on the Internet.

As part of the campaign, MTV has partnered with some of the nation's most renowned civil rights and other non-profit organizations to provide ways for young people to get involved locally through anti-discrimination workshops, petition signing campaigns, and thousands of volunteer opportunities with civil rights groups across the country.

This Web site is produced in partnership with SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday). Through this site our audience can find local anti-discrimination volunteer opportunities, e-mail members of Congress or the President urging them to pass comprehensive hate crimes legislation, read FFYR-specific news stories, participate in online discussions, and much more. www.fightforyourrights.mtv.com

This weekly documentary series examines true-life crimes rooted in discrimination, whether based on race, sexual orientation or mental ability. Criminal focuses on the lives of both the perpetrators and victims, exploring the social and cultural influences that incited the aggressors and giving voice to the grief, anger and confusion of the victims' families and communities. www.mtv.com/onair/ffyr/criminal/

WordsCanHeal.org is a visionary national media and educational campaign designed to reduce verbal violence and gossip. It is a new national effort to reduce verbal violence and gossip. The goal of the campaign is to promote the value and practice of ethical speech in order to improve our democracy, build mutual respect, honor and dignity in our country. The campaign includes posters, print and television ads. You can play a key role in this ambitious undertaking to improve our society and make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Enhance your interpersonal relations at every level, from the most intimate to the most casual. Seize the initiative and make a difference in your home, school, community and workplace. WordsCanHeal.org

The Harvard Men's Health Watch.is part of the Harvard Medical School. The goal of all of their publications is to bring the public, around the world, the most current practical, authoritative health information, drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at the Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals. This includes information about health and wellness through all types of media: newsletters, books and this website. In addition, Harvard Health Publications has editorial responsibility for one of the world’s largest and most heavily visited consumer health websites: InteliHealth. Our mission is to be the worlds most widely recognized and trusted provider of high-quality information about health. www.health.harvard.edu/section.cfm?id=19


Career Gear is a nonprofit organization that fills the gap between job-training programs and employment by providing men with the interview clothing, motivation and follow-up support that helps them get jobs and keep jobs. How does it work? A variety of job-training programs refer men to Career Gear. When a client arrives, he is greeted by a personal shopper who helps him put together his entire interview outfit. He gets grooming tips and coaching on his upcoming interview. Each man leaves ready to meet prospective employers not only looking his best, but also radiating the self-confidence needed to get the job. More than a suit: New clothes are just the beginning. Career Gear also strives to give these men the confidence and support they need to see themselves as successful individuals. The Career Gear Alumni Program brings former clients together to discuss issues regarding job retention. Alumni meetings feature guest speakers who cover topics such as budgeting money and time, stress management and job advancement. www.careergear.org

 

Adopt-A-Minefield® engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the United Nations effort to resolve the global land mine crisis. The Campaign helps save lives by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness about the land mine problem. The Campaign seeks national and international sponsors to adopt minefields that the United Nations has identified as being in urgent need of clearance. Sponsors raise funds in their communities to clear their adopted minefields and return land to productive use. Every dollar raised for Adopt-A-Minefield® is earmarked for mine clearance projects. www.landmines.org

Condomania, America's first condom store, was established June 1991, in New York City. Condomania OnLine assists customers of every age, sex, culture and sexual orientation in the purchase of condoms and safer-sex products. At Condomania, we believe that the best way for the public to make educated choices about safer-sex products is through access to accurate, nonjudgmental information. Condomania's vision is crucial to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Happy VD Day! www.condomania.com

 

KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media, our mission is to provide the best children's health information on the Internet! Only KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally hundreds of in-depth articles and features, and the site continues to grow every week. www.Kidshealth.org

 

This is the first health and wellness site dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered men and women. Staffed by professionals from within our own community, the site provides easy access to accurate, current and vital health information. Your privacy is our priority. www.gayhealth.com or ContactUs@GayHealth.com

Torah Tots: As this is the start of the Jewish New Year, and the 10 days of Atonement, we felt this web site was the best to learn about the various Jewish holidays during the year. It's safe for kids, acts as a quick refresher course for Jews and is an informational, easy to understand site for interested non-Jews. Check it out! www.torahtots.com

 

drDrew.com: We are looking to expand on that essential one-on-one contact. Through our network of doctors and health institutions, writers and editors, celebrities and community members, we are creating a space where everyone shares a part of their lives in hopes of helping others. Some of this information will be straight fact; some of it will be personal stories; and some will be a mixture of the two. At drDrew.com, we look forward to providing information that is difficult to access to the public. We offer a place to answer your questions and encourage you to share something from your own life as well. www.drdrew.com or editorial@drdrew.com

Fathers' Forum: From the pregnancy on, there were very few services both educationally or socially to meet with other men and hear about their experiences as fathers. In 1983 with a few other new fathers Bruce Linton started a men’s group for new dads. From that experience he became aware of how essential having a dialogue between men about fatherhood is to understanding and valuing are roles as parents. The Fathers' Forum is an experiment to help fathers connect with each other and reflect on what it means to become a parent. At the Fathers' Forum the specific focus is on expectant and new fathers. This On-line version offers electronically some of the information and materials used in classes, workshops and groups with fathers. It is an attempt to offer a “virtual community” for expectant and new dads.  www.fathersforum.com

No Stigma: There are many reasons why people do not get help for mental health problems. Fear, Shame and Embarrassment often prevent individuals and their families from doing anything. Mental health problems are real, and they deserve to be treated. It is not a person's fault if he or she has a mental health problem. No one is to blame. Mental health problems are not a sign of weakness. They are something you can't just "snap out of" even if you try. Whether you're male or female, it's OK to ask for help and get it. There's hope. People improve and recover --with the help of treatment, and they are able to enjoy happier and healthier lives. www.nostigma.org

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