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National Coalition of Free Men
Greater New York Chapter
(NCFM, GNY)
1-516-482-6378
The New Voice For Men
In The Tri-State Area
And Beyond
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This site was launched on
memorial day 2003




This site is dedicated to all the men
who fought and died to protect the
United States of America
throughout its history

NCFM, GREATER NEW YORK
a local chapter of NCFM, National

MISSION STATEMENT

AND A FEW DETAILS ABOUT MEN'S RIGHTS AND OUR ORGANIZATION

The National Coalition of Free Men ("NCFM") is a nationwide non-profit organization which seeks to promote awareness of men's rights and how the male role limits men and boys economically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically, sexually, legally, and otherwise. NCFM works to "free men" (hence our name) from the arbitrary, but powerful, societal restrictions imposed upon us. We also help males to identify their inherent strengths and goodness, to build on these and thereby help to create a better and more just society. (For more information on NCFM's perspectives and philosophy, see NCFM-national's "Philosophy" page.)

Some Issues of Interest

The issues with which NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter concern themselves cover a wide range of topics.

One set of issues concern the unquestioned expectations which our society places upon males -- expectations that, upon examination, fly in the face of our purported collective commitment to the ideal of equality for all. Here in the United States, for example, almost all males, even the disabled, are required by law to register with Selective Service upon reaching 18 years of age and are subject to severe penalties for failing to do so. No American female -- today or at any time in our past -- has ever been burdened with this substantial obligation. On the rare occasions when discussion of this disparity between American males and females makes its way into the public forum, it is usually accompanied by assertions that it is only proper for men, and not women, to be subject to Selective Service registration.

Collectively, we cringe inwardly at the very suggestion that, perhaps, things ought to be different -- why, there's something downright unchivalrous about the idea of requiring the same of women that we require of men! But when "reasons" are proffered for why the male-only Selective Service registration requirement is decent and fair and does not contravene our ideal of a society that upholds equality, the contorted thinking behind them, upon examination, stretches credibility to the breaking point and the "reasons" crumble into self-contradictory, meaningless dust. NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter seek not only to provoke discussion about such taken-for-granted expectations we place upon males, but to ask larger questions about why we shy away from such discussions in the first place.

Another set of issues which NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter seek to address are myths about past and present inequalities between men and women in our society. It is "given knowledge," for example, and "everyone knows" that, historically, the medical establishment in our country has given short shrift to gender-specific health concerns that affect females -- and that this bias continues into the present. A rigorous examination of the historical record, however, reveals that this notion is erroneous on both counts. Moreover, attempts to correct the supposed disparity of the past have led to an enormous disparity today in the funding between men's and women's health concerns in the favor of women.

Prostate cancer, for example, kills men at approximately the same rate that breast cancer kills women. But government funding for breast cancer research is four times greater than its funding for prostate cancer research. Private sector funding for breast cancer research is a whopping 30 times greater than its funding for prostate cancer. NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter seek not only to expose myths concerning the supposed inequality between men and women but to foster discussion about the reasons why our media are so reluctant to report the truth, as though truth were unimportant and no one even cared about the welfare of males.

A third set of issues which concern NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter involve reproductive rights for men. With the advent of the Pill, legalized abortion and sperm banks, women have been given historically unprecedented control over their individual reproductive destiny. While our society has widely applauded women's new array of options for the conception and bearing (or not bearing) of children, scant discussion has been devoted to men's options in the realm of reproduction -- or, to state the case more accurately, men's lack of options.

It is arguable that, in every respect, women's reproductive choices affect men, sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, and frequently with life-altering consequences. For example, in our society it is a largely unquestioned assumption that the financial obligation inherent in raising a child should fall upon the father's shoulders. So if a woman chooses motherhood, then, like it or not, her male partner must underwrite her decision. It also bears mentioning that her male partner has no voice in a decision she may make to "opt out" of a pregnancy, even if he dearly wants the child and is willing to assume full responsibility for raising it on his own.

Larger questions about the very character of our society's evolving values inevitably arise out of discussions of male reproductive rights as well. For example, because child support payments are not based upon the cost of raising a child but, instead, are calculated as a percentage of the father's income, women nowadays actually have a profit incentive to have babies -- an incentive which sometimes proves very difficult to resist. Essentially, children are being turned into "cash crops." Not only for the sake of men, but for society as a whole, NCFM and its Greater New York Chapter seek to promote discussion of these -- and many other -- reproductive issues which, overwhelming, our society chooses to pretend do not even exist.

Indeed, our collective inability to acknowledge the very existence of men's issues at all constitutes a men's issue in and of itself. We need to ask ourselves, "Why is this so?"

The small handful of topics briefly mentioned in this introduction to our organization constitute but a modest jumping-off point for an in-depth exploration of an enormous range of gender equity issues -- from a fascinating perspective whose time, we believe, has come. We invite you to join us, adding your voice to a discussion with enormous potential to foster new insights and understanding of men and women -- and thereby enhance our society's chances of evolving into an ever more just place.

NCFM, Women and NCFM's Greater New York Chapter

NCFM was founded more than a quarter century ago, and because men's and women's issues are intimately intertwined, NCFM has consistently attracted women as well as men to its membership over the years. Women's reasons for joining include an appreciation for the way NCFM upholds standards of genuine equality between the sexes -- in a way that they have been unable to find in many women's organizations. In NCFM, these women have discovered, their intelligence is not insulted by claims that they are helpless victims and that all men should be judged as worthless "oppressors." NCFM affirms that, historically, both men and woman have suffered and benefited from their respective roles -- albeit in different ways -- and the women who join NCFM appreciate the compassion for the entire human race which inheres in NCFM's perspective. Loving support for the men in their lives -- both within their families and in the world around them -- also motivates women to join NCFM.

Presently, there are six local chapters of NCFM around the country, with two more in the process of being established. (For more information on other local chapters, see "NCFM Chapters & Local Contacts".) While there is much to be said for the benefits of communication through modern technology, including print media (such as NCFM's bimonthly newsletter Transitions: Journal of Men's Perspectives) and the Internet (NCFM operates a vigorous, members-only on-line discussion group), none of these can fully replace the richness of face-to-face contact with fellow human beings. With this idea in mind, NCFM's local chapters were created for the purpose of building networks among NCFM members in any given geographic area and for fostering the development and execution of projects of the local chapter members' choosing. Because strength lies in numbers, joined together, members of local chapters are better-equipped to succeed in the accomplishment of their goals.

NCFM's Greater New York Chapter was founded in 2001 and has members who live in New York City as well as suburban areas of New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. Additionally, some members live outside the tri-state area altogether but have joined us in the spirit of lending their support to our endeavors, participating to whatever degree they can from afar. All are welcome to join, men and women alike, wherever they may live. (For more information, see "A Brief History of NCFM, Greater New York Chapter".)

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