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Reimagining Manhood

“Be Strong.” “Be a Man.” “Man Up.” “Don’t cry.” How many of us hear these phrases and cringe at how they reinforce the dominant narrative of masculinity?  The social norms around this narrative also shape the belief that men are to be intimidating, controlling and aggressive if they want to be respected.  While cultural differences  exist, the social education of becoming a man transcends diverse communities.  The wealthy, the middle class, the poor, every race, color, and creed, no one is exempt from the pressures to conform to this construct of masculinity.

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The Campaign Continues

The Statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign continues with local community events across Massachusetts, bringing the campaign message to thousands of people.  Here are several events being operated by campaign affiliate organizations in the coming few weeks.
Bring a friend or coworker to one of these events and introduce them to WRD.  If you're going to the Celtics Game on March 19, wear a white ribbon and.stop by our table to say hello. Read More...

Many Thanks and Congratulations to all!

Thank you everyone for your many efforts and work to make our White Ribbon Day a great success this year.

This was our largest audience to date, 450 to 500 people attended the event yesterday at the State House.  The program came together well and was inspiring to all.   Many Jane Doe Member Programs attended this event, advocates for life saving work every day with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Read More...


The Men Behind White Ribbon Day: Meet our Ambassadors

Like many men I’ve met throughout the years, I had often felt quite alone with my passion for ending men’s violence against women. It wasn’t a topic that came up in most circles and wasn’t well received in others. But we found each other, men of heart and men of courage, ready and willing to speak truth to power, willing to exchange our privilege of position as men for the privilege of working for justice. Read More...


White Ribbon Day Campaign Affiliates Summer Meeting Kicks off 7th Season

The level and range of activities happening in Massachusetts under the umbrella of JDI's Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign continues to expand exponentially. Each summer we invite our WRD Campaign Affiliates to debrief on our past campaign and to begin envisioning the year ahead. As we enter our seventh year of the WRD Campaign, seven seems to be the lucky number: staff from seven JDI Member programs (Casa Myrna, Center for Women & Community, Family & Community Resources, Inc., Independence House, MAPS, NELCWIT and Safe Passage) and seven community Affiliates attended the meeting held at Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham on July 25th. Read More...


Winter Storm No Match for Energy at 6th Annual WRD

While a winter storm kept many away, over 250 people participated in Jane Doe Inc.’s sixth annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) on March 7, 2013. The snow didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as the crowd at the State House raised their voices in support of men’s efforts - and the efforts of everyone - end sexual and domestic violence.

(YouTube: links take you to the video clip of each speaker!) Read More...


Happy International Women’s Day and Thank You!!!

First of all, happy International Women's Day!

On behalf of Jane Doe Inc., thank you all very much for participating and for helping to make our White Ribbon Day ceremony yesterday a great success. Even though the weather made it impossible for many of you to attend, we are glad we held the event. Over 200 people attended, and imagine what the crowd would have been if we had had good weather! Read More...


This Starts with Positive Masculinity

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, co-chair of this year’s White Ribbon Day campaign, weighs in on positive masculinity, male role models, and how communities can help stop violence.

For me, White Ribbon Day is about creating a community standard among boys and men that rejects violence. This starts with positive masculinity.

When I think of positive masculinity, I think of role models, people I want to be compared to. I think of my father: a man who worked hard, but who cared for us. He impressed upon me the importance of respect in my personal relationships. My mother did, too, of course, but it was my father, the man of the house, who taught me what it meant to be a man myself. My siblings and I were active as kids, and we enjoyed sports and competition, but there was a guiding principle that distinguished competition from violence, and especially forbade violence against women. Today, I have kids of my own, a son and a daughter, and I find those lessons so valuable and so important to share with the next generation. Read More...


Reflections on Masculinity: The Evolution of White Ribbon Day Ambassadors

Reaching the 5-year mark of Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign prompted us to step back and ask how the campaign is making a difference. We had our own theories and had in fact seen evidence of the WRD Campaign’s impact in terms of the public dialogue on the issue, involvement of more men in local and statewide efforts, responsiveness in the policy arena and elsewhere. What about the impact of the campaign on men themselves? In the fall of 2012, Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) convened a diverse group of male thought leaders who have been active Ambassadors in the White Ribbon Day Campaign and asked them to share how their own thoughts, perspectives, and commitments have evolved over the course of their involvement. Read More...


It’s Countdown Time for the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day

It’s countdown time for the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day, and we’re counting on you to help make it as successful as ever.

The momentum is building:

  • Our allies at Northeastern University invited the competing teams in this year’s 60th Anniversary Beanpot Tournament to join the WRD Campaign. All the players put a white ribbon on their helmets and demonstrated that along with the shared prestige of being a student-athlete comes responsibility for adhering to the White Ribbon Day Pledge and being a role model for others. It was cool to see the video with the Team Captains taking the pledge up on the jumbotron. Read More...