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Profeminist men’s movement advocate to speak Nov. 3

Rob Okun, feminist advocate, editor and author, will visit The University of Toledo Monday, Nov. 3, to spread the message of profeminism and social justice.

The free, public event will take place in the Student Union Auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m.

Okun

Okun

There also will be a resource fair before the event at 6 p.m. The resource fair will include 15 organizations from UT, community and Bowling Green Sate University.

Since 1997, Okun has been the editor of Voice Male, a magazine that gives a range of male perspectives from childhood, adult, fatherhood and social classes through essays, commentaries and stories. The mission of the magazine is to explore issues relevant to men’s development and health in an effort to decrease the isolation and violence that plagues part of the male population.

Okun also has published a book, Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement, a collection of more than 100 stories, commentaries and essays previously published in the magazine.

Additionally, he has spoken at a number of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Towson University, Tulane University and the University of Massachusetts.

“We are really excited to have Rob Okun come to our campus because we feel that there is a lot of energy on college campuses about this issue,” Dr. Stanley Edwards, director of the UT Counseling Center, said.

“Rob has done a lot of research, written a book, and is a part of numerous organizations that focus on the profeminist men’s movement and how men can get involved in the mission to eliminate sexual violence,” Edwards said. “We felt he would complement the efforts of our Sexual Assault and Prevention Program, and connect well with the University community.”

After his talk, Okun will sign books in the Student Union Auditorium, an event sponsored by the People Called Women bookstore, a local feminist bookstore.

For more information about Okun and his book, contact him at 413.687.8171 or rob@voicemalemagazine.org.

For more information about the event, contact Michael Desposito, graduate assistant in the UT Counseling Center, at 419.530.2426 or michael.desposito@rockets.utoledo.edu.

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