The Professional Cohort, Mid-1990s to the Present
In 2006, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, changed its name to Peace Over Violence. This story introduces a major theme: today’s institutionalization and professionalization of antiviolence work, shaped by foundations, the state, and a “nonprofit industrial complex” that broadened men’s antiviolence work options, while simultaneously depoliticizing the field and eclipsing feminism. Today, veteran members of the Movement and Bridge cohorts strategize and mentor an increasingly diverse group of younger men, a Professional Cohort whose pathways into antiviolence work reflect two general patterns: white men route to antiviolence work largely through women’s studies and networked campus and community organizations; young men of color find their way to antirape and antidomestic violence work through “intersectional pathways” grounded in race- and class-based experiences of violence. Antiviolence curricula like My Strength, events like “Slutwalks” and “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” express possibilities and the limits of men’s current ally work.
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