07/01/2015 Jonathan Taylor

What’s new in A Voice for Male Students 2.0

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”horizontal-curve-bottom” width=”fullpx” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Thank you for visiting A Voice for Male Students. This website was walled off during the latter half of June 2015. Here is what is new in AVFMS 2.0. If you like the work we’ve done, please consider donating or joining us so we can expand![/dropshadowbox]

 

A change in trajectory

Welcome to A Voice for Male Students 2.0. I hope you are liking the change in scenery. The change is more than just a facelift, however. We are changing from a blogging-oriented model to a service-oriented model. While we will still be publishing blog posts from site staff and contributors, the main focus will now be research, networking, special projects, and direct action.

 

Outgrowing our old model

AVFMS 1.0

AVFMS 1.0 – click to see what this site looked like before June 17.

This website was launched on August 20, 2013. During the first twenty-two months of blogging we occasionally created highly useful resources that went beyond simple blog posts. This includes graphs and charts developed in-house, a scholarships database, a lawsuits database, vast compilation pages (such as “The Language of Misandry in Academia”), a conferences page (which is now a database), and more.

All those were the products of rigorous and meticulous research.

Because these resources were often featured as blog posts they were quickly buried by regular blogging. In addition, since many of them were regularly updated “behind the scenes,” expanding them increasingly took up more and more time – something that was also not readily apparent to site visitors.

In addition, because these resources (and the networking and relationship-building with other groups who requested them) grew over time, they collectively became such a big part of the AVFMS pie that it became difficult to justify presenting to the world that blogging was our primary focus.

As our resources grew, so too did the urge to place links and references to them on the front page. In time these references became so numerous that the front page began to appear as one vast smorgasbord, short-circuiting new users’ experience by creating a “paradox of choice” whereby visitors had so many choices they did not know which path to take.

Some site visitors, for example, came from more academic backgrounds. They were just interested in education resources and didn’t quite know what to make of resources regarding false accusations presented right beside them. And vice versa: visitors interested in due process issues had to sift through other resources they weren’t particularly interested in. I have uprooted almost everything on this website and restructured it in a way that solves this problem.

 

A radical restructuring

The new structure now tailors your path through the site to your background and interests. For example, after either clicking on the “Resources” tab at the top or briefly scrolling down you will now be presented with this simple section (click to expand):Choose your path

By clicking on an icon you will be taken to a section dedicated to that area of interest. Visitors interested in education issues, for example, can click on the mortarboard hat icon and be taken to this section (click to expand):

AVFMS 2.0 - Education sneak peek

As you can see, the new site layout not only allows you to more easily focus on your particular section of interest, it now presents our key resources – proportionate to their value and the work that goes into them – in a gallery fashion rather than as just another blog post.

And of course, you can now see all blog posts relevant to your section of interest by clicking on the “blog posts on this topic” button rather than sifting through the blog.

 

A visual makeover

Those who remember the old website layout will remember how “busy” it looked. As you can see, it has undergone a radical makeover. The front page now features evocative high-resolution imagery. This same goal – to make our resources more visually appealing – is suffused throughout the entire website. For example, In addition to presenting a much tighter and cleaner look, I have added over two hundred images to this website.

Another example of this makeover is the Mission and Values page. Previously, each of our Nine Values was followed by an average of four paragraphs describing it. It took about thirty-six paragraphs to make it through the page – almost like reading a research paper! This is what it used to look like. Well, now look at it:

Mission and values - AVFMS 2.0

Sometimes less really is more.

 

Mission forward: the blacksmith philosophy, and our return to academia

I am planning on 2016 being a year of great expansion into academia. I plan to do this by first developing three critical resources. By forging these resources we will lay the groundwork to network with various academic groups:

Each of these databases is ripe for expansion. If you would like to work on them with me be sure to message me.

You may notice our new tagline: informing, connecting, empowering. These verbs encapsulate the heart of what we do here. As I wrote in a new page describing our philosophy, we have truly become the blacksmiths when it comes to educational equity for men and boys. We do not fight all the local battles, but we are able to fortify and arm advocacy groups across the nation with effective tools to get the job done.

 

New database: Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Webinars, etc.

  • This was previously a simple list containing academic events that – too frequently – did not fit the topic of educational equity for men and boys. Irrelevant events have been pruned, 20+ events have been added, and the list itself has been converted into a database – view it here.

 

New position open: Conference Coordinator

Many people would like to attend conferences, workshops, webinars, and so forth, but are simply unaware of their existence. Organizations hosting such events are not networked nor synergized with other organizations, complicating logistics and reducing turnout. This isolates advocates and reduces the overall momentum of the advocacy community.

With the help of a Conference Coordinator we will create a solution by maintaining an updated database of events, networking with other groups, and promoting awareness of upcoming events.

  • High attention to detail
  • A people person with above average communication skills; in particular, the ability to communicate with a spirit of courtesy and professionalism
  • Concern for the educational and psychological well-being of boys
  • General agreement with our platform’s Mission and Values.
  • Network with and maintain good relationships between AVFMS and other organizations
  • Update conference database regularly
  • Create and maintain email lists to send timely notifications to subscribers of new and upcoming conferences and other events
  • Send notice of updates to relevant parties (advocacy organizations, news director to tweet/post on social media)

 

New position open: Wrongly Accused Advocate

 

When a student has been wrongly accused, their life is instantly turned upside down. Blindsided and expelled before they barely know what is going on, they are isolated, left with few resources, and do not know where to turn. Their parents often feel desperate and helpless. Lastly, some attorneys have taken the charge of building cases in their behalf, they have historically lacked an easily-accessible track record of cases as such litigation is fairly new – a problem also shared by advocates and journalists.

Our Advocate for the Wrongly Accused will fill this vacuum by working with wrongly accused students and their parents, provide limited advice, and direct them to the appropriate resources. By maintaining and expanding our lawsuits database, he/she will provide a critical resources for advocates, attorneys, and journalists.

  • High attention to detail
  • Above average communication skills; ability to communicate in a spirit of compassion, courtesy, and professionalism
  • Ability to read (or willingness to learn how to read) relatively simple legal documents, such as Complaints, Motions, and Opinions.
  • Concern for those wrongly accused
  • Agreement with our platform’s Mission and Values.
  • Network with and maintain good relationships between AVFMS and other organizations
  • Work with wrongly accused students and their parents by providing them an ear, limited advice, and direction to appropriate resources
  • Update and maintain the database of due process lawsuits
  • Create and maintain email lists, and send timely notifications of key events to advocacy organizations, attorneys, media contacts, and so forth
  • Attend monthly teleconferences

 

Overhauls of old pages

Forward

The fall semester is rapidly approaching. Are you ready? I know I am.

Jonathan Taylor
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Jonathan is Title IX For All's founder, editor, web designer, and database developer. Hailing from Texas, he makes a mean red beans n' rice and is always interested to learn new things.
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Jonathan Taylor Jonathan is Title IX For All's founder, editor, web designer, and database developer. Hailing from Texas, he makes a mean red beans n' rice and is always interested to learn new things.

Comments (4)

  1. Allan Kirk

    This looks like AVMS is positioning itself to be the beating heart of the ‘second wave’ of a MRM. Jon, you have performed a miracle: you have laid the groundwork for the Foundation I have advocated for on this site, ONLY IN VIRTUAL FORM. Of an early generation, I envisioned bricks and mortar but what you have here has all the hallmarks without the expense. Congratulations. Incidently, since calling for a Foundation here, I have discovered one already exists but when I emailed them I got no reply. As any good businessman will tell you, this is poison. Even an auto reply is immeasurably better than no reply.

     
    • Thanks, Allan! There is so much we can do with this platform now. We were bound to outgrow our old model, it was just a matter of time.

      We have so much influence to wield through the internet. I believe we have only just begun to tap into it.

      ONWARD!

       
  2. Great work!! This site has been and continues to be an important resource to which I direct people for information about the persecution, enslavement, impoverishment, imprisonment and extermination of men (in the US and globally). An important step in totalitarianism historically is the denial of men freedom to exercise their scholar for benefit of themselves and others. Governments regard the scholar of men as an obstacle to their hegemony and one of the steps in removing that obstacle is to deny those men educations. Denying men educations isn’t just a disservice to them but to everyone (men and women alike). But it’s worse than that. Governments are denying men the benefits of their educations if they actually do choose to pursue them. Enslaving them by giving everyone else the benefit of that scholar except the men themselves. Or worse: actually punishing them for daring to educate themselves. Men can’t help others if they can’t help themselves and their lives are not of value only if they are of service to others.

     
  3. Roby 83

    A former Harvard professor writes: «One that remains among the most shocking ones in my memory was the Harvard graduate student admission process sometime in 2005 or so. I was serving on the admission committee twice. It’s a lot of work, 400 folders etc. When the work was completed and the letters “You were admitted to Harvard” were sent out, a group of feminists in the department announced that they forgot to apply the “affirmative action correction” to the results.

    These women had the stomach to revise the results and send the “erratum letters” to the boys who were eliminated by the girls now “above the threshold” thanks to the “affirmative action correction”. I still remember a guy who got this “disacceptance letter”. “Sorry, guy, we made a mistake, ignore the previous letter that you were accepted to Harvard and just f*ck off” is what a guy in Canada – with various letters saying that it was the best guy that Canada produced in a decade etc. – had to read.

    I believe that what the feminists did is illegal and I would fully support the guy if he decided to get a million-of-dollars compensations from the bitches.»

    http://motls.blogspot.com/2015/11/why-not-to-get-more-girls-into-stem.html

     

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