Note: the link has been taken down by the university, but a screenshot has been preserved. See the comments section of this article for more.
Progress occurs here in a variety of forms. Sometimes it’s a new article being posted, contributing to an ever-expanding body of knowledge that is just waiting to be absorbed by the world. Sometimes, it’s someone designing artwork for the site. Or me doing my own design. Sometimes it’s a donation. Sometimes it’s the good advice I get in my inbox that I haven’t heard from anyone before.
Sometimes it’s this website surpassing another in terms of web rankings, or being highly ranked on a simple Google search on men’s education issues. Sometimes it’s a prominent website placing a permanent link to this website on theirs. Still other times, it’s an interview from a national news publication. Or a student newspaper. Or a radio show.
Sometimes it’s someone who emails me with an idea that we work on together, but don’t reveal to the world until later. Sometimes it’s just someone coming to a men’s issues website, seeing a validation of their concerns, and realizing they’re not alone in a crazy world.
Yes, progress comes in many shapes and sizes. A lot of it is about building something and making connections. And while some of the progress is entirely predictable, some of it is rather surprising as well. I was certainly surprised when I checked the site statistics today. I noticed that a website I had never visited before was linking to this one.
Southern Connecticut State University’s library webpage now hosts a research guide dedicated to understanding the Men’s Movement. The guide itself appears to be rather new. To my surprise, it is filled with genuine pro-male resources. The very existence of a research guide of this nature, being publicly posted on a university website, is a notable step forward for the movement. It would never have existed five years ago.
On the right-hand side of the page is a list of notable Men’s Movement websites. And at the top of that list is this website. While its position on the list is due to alphabetics, its inclusion in the list itself is not. This website has grown both by graduating increments and periodic leaps.
I was happy to see that Community of the Wrongly Accused and A Voice for Men were listed as well. In my perspective the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is a very respectable organization and is also on the list, is not a men’s movement organization. Our issues do periodically intersect, however.
Let us hope that many other universities follow suit in creating such resources. Here is a screenshot, preserved in the event of site changes: