A BRIEF HISTORY OF NCFM, GREATER NEW YORK CHAPTER
During the early months of 2001, a group of NCFM members from
the greater New York area met informally with the goal of
establishing a local chapter. Appropriate documentation was
submitted to NCFM-national, and on 4/4/01 the group was granted
"provisional" status. Full-fledged status was granted
by NCFM-national's Board of Directors on 6/2/02.
The group's first effort in support of men's perspectives on
gender issues occurred on 1/31/01, when NCFM Board of Advisors
member Warren Farrell, Ph.D. was scheduled to appear as a guest
on a popular New York radio "audience participation"
talk program, the Alan Colmes Show, on WEVD--1050AM, promoting
his just-published book Father and Child Reunion.
Mr. Colmes has a track record of hostility towards men's
perspectives on gender issues, and, to provide a foil for Dr.
Farrell, he also booked as a guest the vituperative feminist
lawyer Gloria Allred. The nascent chapter's members phoned in
repeatedly to ask incisive questions and make comments
supportive of Dr. Farrell's perspectives on the air, letting
other listeners know that Dr. Farrell is by no means a lone
voice in the wilderness.
Other activities of the GNY Chapter during 2001 were varied.
A series of talks was presented by members of the GNY Chapter
(and one guest of the chapter) for the chapter's fellow members
- Edward M. Stephens, M.D., spoke on "Men's Mental
Health and the 'Paternal Instinct'"
- Stephen Thomas spoke on "The Good Father"
- Gregory Singer spoke on "One Man's Experience in
Gender Issues Activism"
- Joseph R. Sahid, Esq., spoke on "Domestic
Violence and the Law -- a Plan to Correct
- Myrna Thomas spoke on "Why Men's Issues Are
Important for Women"
- Richard B. Gartner, Ph.D., spoke on "Male Sexual
Victimization: Barriers to Understanding and How to
In April '01, the GNY Chapter undertook a fund-raising
initiative for a class action lawsuit that had been filed in the
Federal Court in the District of Minnesota seeking to have the
Battered Women's Act declared unconstitutional because it is not
gender-neutral but instead discriminates in favor of women.
Although plaintiffs lost their case, thanks to the GNY Chapter's
fund-raising plaintiffs were able to file an appeal.
On 6/5/01, GNY Chapter members participated in the National
Family Courts Protest sponsored by the American Coalition for
Fathers and Children, featuring a march across the Brooklyn
Bridge and a rally in front of Manhattan's Family Court
During August '01, GNY Chapter members in New York,
Connecticut and New Jersey lent their support to the Canadian
teenager Clayton Giles and his "Journey for Kids"
through each of these states, helping to bring Mr. Giles's call
for family court reform to the attention of elected officials,
the press and the public at large.
During late August and early September '01, GNY Chapter
members devised a plan for membership recruitment, featuring a
roster of speakers in a public forum, which, due to the 9/11/01
terrorist attacks, was temporarily shelved. Discussion of the
plan was revived later in the year and in early '02 -- and it
may eventually be put into action.
During '02, the GNY Chapter undertook an activism project in
conjunction with the Capital District Chapter of the Fathers'
Rights Association of New York State ("FRANYS").
FRANYS sought NCFM's support for its efforts to encourage the
passage of several bills pending in the state legislature. In
response, the GNY Chapter circulated among its membership copies
of materials about the legislation provided by FRANYS along with
sample "boilerplate" letters for members to re-write
in their own words and send to their state Senators and
Also in '02, the GNY Chapter was approached by three greater
New York public access CATV producers, seeking guests to appear
on their respective shows, which deal with men's perspectives on
gender issues. In response, GNY Chapter members have appeared on
two programs that are broadcast in Long Island suburbs of New
York City, "Families in Transition" and "The Men's
Forum," along with one program that is broadcast in New
York State suburbs north of the city, "MensNet."
Individual GNY Chapter members have undertaken the project of
sponsoring these programs for broadcast in Manhattan over
Manhattan Neighborhood Network ("MNN").
In August '02, NCFM-national held its 25th anniversary
conference in New York City, which was attended by delegates
from around the country, including from as far away as Guam.
Members of the GNY Chapter volunteered their time and energy to
insure that this event being held in their own hometown would
prove to be a success.
In September '02, the GNY Chapter participated in
NCFM-national's Action Plan to Stop CEDAW (Convention on
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women), a U.N.-sponsored
treaty that would soon be voted upon by the U.S. Senate and
which would neglect the needs of males. Passage of the treaty
In October '02, GNY Chapter President Edward M.
Stephens, M.D., served as a facilitator in a conference workshop
on the male experience of domestic violence, sponsored by the
Queens Borough President's Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
Two NCFM members from outside the greater New York area
also served as facilitators.
As reported in New
York Newsday on 2/12/03, this workshop was the first time
male victims of domestic violence have ever been discussed in a
New York City agency's public forum on domestic violence.
In October and November '02, GNY Chapter members participated
in two rallies in support of independent New York gubernatorial
candidate Tom Golisano, who had announced his intention to
endorse legislation that would favor presumptive shared
In December '02, GNY Chapter members Peter Allemano and David
Friedman were featured guests on an installment of
"Donahue" devoted to gender equity issues, broadcast
nationally on MSNBC. Also featured on the program were the
President of NCFM's Los Angeles Chapter, Marc Angelucci, and
NCFM-national Board of Advisors member Warren Farrell, Ph.D.
In '03, on behalf of NCFM-national, the GNY Chapter undertook
the project of obtaining non-governmental organization
("N.G.O.") advisory status with the United Nations --
an application process expected to last three years.
In February '03, the GNY Chapter hosted the noted journalist
Rachel Lehmann-Haupt at its monthly meeting, where members and
guests were interviewed for an upcoming article on the men's
movement, to be published in New York Magazine.
On separate occasions during March and May '03, the GNY
Chapter supported the efforts of two NCFM members from
out-of-town to meet with prominent members of the city's social
services, governmental and academic communities who concern
themselves with domestic violence -- and these men's
presentations of non-ideological perspectives on issues related
to domestic violence met with overwhelmingly positive responses.
As a direct result of these meetings, the Queens Borough
President's office is asking their task force to ensure that
gender-inclusive language be used in all written policies and
procedures of New York City government affecting domestic
violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Members of the GNY
Chapter not only participated in meetings, but extended
brass-tacks-level logistical support to their colleagues from
out-of-town, including providing overnight accommodations. (One
enthusiastic GNY Chapter member quipped humorously that, after
having hosted both men on different occasions, he felt his
living room sofabed had become a historic artifact and ought to
go on display one day in a yet-to-be-created Museum of the Men's
On 4/1/03, several GNY Chapter members participated in
Legislative Education and Awareness Day ("L.E.A.D.")
in Albany, sponsored by the Coalition for Fathers & Families
NY. GNY Chapter member David Friedman ran the press conference
for the event, which included presentations by several
legislators and GNY Chapter President Edward M. Stephens,
In April '03, the GNY Chapter disseminated several dozen
press releases, as part of an effort coordinated by NCFM's
Washington, D.C. Chapter, to bring attention to the anti-male
bigotry inherent in a recent UNICEF press release.
On 5/3/03, GNY Chapter "Honorary" member Stanley
Green of College Place, WA made two presentations on battered
men at the Domestic Violence Community Summit, a conference held
at York College in Jamaica, Queens.
On Memorial Day '03, the GNY Chapter launched its new
In June '03, the GNY Chapter kicked off an ad campaign to
promote the group and its new website -- themalevoice.org. The
traffic to this site has been increasing steadily. GNY Chapter President Edward M. Stephens,
M.D. announced "Project Media" - a series of meetings
for GNY members to increase effectiveness in promoting men's
rights issues through the media. The first meeting was
held on 6/23/03.
In July '03, NCFM, GNY's "Project Media" started
gaining some real momentum. Mark Sutton, an NCFM, GNY director,
made his national television debut on MSNBC. The show featured a
discussion about the recent "Hunting For Bambi"
scandal. Mark effectively defended men against absurd claims
made by feminists that "Hunting For Bambi" was yet
another example of how men typically treat women with extreme
cruelty. (Enlightened men and women realize by now that there
are many instances where both men and women treat each other
Also in July '03, NCFM, GNY President, Dr. Ed Stephens, and
Mark conducted interviews for a Belgian newspaper and Dr.
Stephens appeared on the Manhattan Cable News Channel.
On 7/28/03, a group of NCFM, GNY members met for 5 ½ hours
in Manhattan, NY to discuss effective media strategies. Have
some good ideas on press releases, how to get into the media,
etc.? Please send an Email to
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positive feedback after visiting our new website.
Please visit us frequently at themalevoice.org for more updates. Again, this is only
For a history of the men's movement itself, we recommend Men
Freeing Men: Exploding the Myth of the Traditional Male,
by Francis Baumli, Ph.D.