What is the Masculinity Action Project?

The Masculinity Action Project, formerly Men Can, works to build understanding on some basic principles, including:  that male dominance and privilege are a root cause of domestic violence; men of all sexual orientations can be victims of abuse; men are key to domestic violence prevention and awareness; and men can lead and influence other men to work to end domestic violence. The Masculinity Action Project is a comprehensive Philadelphia city-wide program seeking to engage anyone who identifies with masculinity as advocates against violence. 

Recently, the Masculinity Action Project (MAP) has expanded its programming to organize with the larger movement for gender justice. Over the past year we’ve facilitated a series of workshops called “Get Your Boys” that explore what male accountability looks like in the wake of #metoo, as well as completed the first round of the Socha Programa multi-month training and organizing program where participants gain skills to heal from masculine socialization and find ways to take action with grassroots social justice efforts here in Philadelphia. The MAP will continue to host workshops and events on gender justice, as well as launching the second round of the Socha Program in January 2020 Find out more on what we’re up to below! 

Upcoming Events:

  1. June 26-28 Feminist Facilitation for Masculine-Identified Folks, a training for facilitators who identify with masculinity. The Training covers the fundamentals of experiential education and dynamic facilitation, designed for all experience levels – from brand new activists to seasoned organizers and trainers honing their craft. More info and application at bit.ly/feministfacilitation.
  2. Support the Culture Change Initiative that our Socha Program is fundraising for, check out bit.ly/socha2020 for more information.
  3. Join the Masculinity Action Project Facebook group for upcoming Facebook live conversations about masculinity in the time of physical distancing. Have a question or request? Send them to Toby at tfraser@lshphilly.org. 

The Socha Program

The Socha Program is a 6-month training about healing from a culture of harmful masculine socialization and finding responsible ways to take action to reduce gender-based violence. The second round of the program will run from January to June 2020 and will consist of retreats, meet ups, participant organized events, and several ways to take action. If you are interested in learning more or participating in the third cohort likely starting in late 2020 or early 2021, get in touch with Toby at tfraser@lshphilly.org



















 *Some members of the second cohort of the Socha Program

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Workshops, Events, and Speaking Engagements

Staff members and some community participants are available to facilitate trainings, collaborate on discussions, speak at public events, or bring resources for an outreach table at your event. Please fill out this form to request a training around topics like: 

  • The Man Box and Toxic Masculinity 
  • Police, Prisons, and Survivors 
  • DV is in my apartment complex, What do I do?
  • Transformative Justice and Abuser Accountability 
  • Organizing for Gender Justice 
  • Taking accountability for causing harm 
  • Bystander Intervention tactics and options 

Stay Connected on Social Media

In addition to following @lutheransettlementhouse on Facebook, and @lshphilly on Instagram and Twitter, you can find the Masculinity Action Project as a group on Facebook. Search for “Masculinity Action Project” on Facebook and request to join. There you will find a growing community sharing resources and plugging each other into the work of gender justice in Philadelphia. 

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