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AMSA Board Member Bob Minor – Now That Michael Sam is Out, Fantasize with Me: Men Comfortable in Their Skin

February 18, 2014 by  
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This past month an All-American defensive lineman named by the Associated Press as the Southeast Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year told an interviewer from ESPN that he’s gay. Michael Sam from the University of Missouri announced to the world what teammates and coaches already knew: “I am an openly, proud gay man.” Media […]

AMSA Board Member Bob Minor – Surprised That There’s So Much Rape in the Military?

June 14, 2013 by  
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In 2012, 26,000 women and men reported sexual assault in the American military. We have no record of how much remains unreported. That’s only one year of victimization in what military brass admitted before Congress was a “cancer.” If it weren’t for the seven women on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I’d expect such reports […]

AMSA Board Member Bob Minor – The Non-End of Homophobia

January 2, 2013 by  
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2012 ended with the Associated Press publishing a new stylebook for journalists that bans the use of the words “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” The AP argues that “phobia” describes an illness or mental disability and, thus, isn’t accurate in “political or social” reporting. As Michelangelo Signorile argued, the problem with their decision “is not necessarily the […]

Mark Justad – Limbaugh and the Usual Misogyny

March 5, 2012 by  
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There is, I suppose, a modicum of satisfaction to be had in seeing Rush Limbaugh being criticized — and seeing the criticism “stick” — by voices on the left and the right for his slanderous and offensive ad hominem attack on Sandra Fluke.  Of course we all know that offending is his schtick, his MO, […]

AMSA Board Member Bob Minor – Eighteen Suicides a Day

July 19, 2011 by  
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Eighteen U.S. veterans, on average, commit suicide every day. Eighteen. Every day. That’s the latest statistic of one of the most under-reported costs of our wars. It adds up to more than are actually being killed in our on-going wars themselves. There is still debate about how many Vietnam veterans have committed suicide on top […]

AMSA Board Member Bob Minor – When Can a Speaker of the House Cry?

January 1, 2011 by  
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Some are calling right-wing Ohio Republican John Boehner “The Weeper of the House,” as he strengthens his control over the US House of Representative’s agenda. New Speaker Boehner openly tears-up when he talks of his own working class background and his personal success in achieving “the American Dream.” Speculators say he’s mentally unstable or that […]

AMSA Board Member Mark Justad: Congressional Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”–Who is the “Real Man” Now?

December 21, 2010 by  
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The repeal of DADT is a significant milestone for our nation with specific positive implications for those who are gay and wish to serve (or have been serving) in the military. How many of us thought, “not in my lifetime, buddy”, when it came to the notion of sexual minorities serving openly in the U.S. […]

AMSA Board Member Richard Pitt: “What Attracts Hypocrites to Religious Leadership?”

November 22, 2010 by  
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The jury is still out on Bishop Eddie Long, who is facing charges of sexual coercion from four men. And as time passes for the religious leader, accusations continue to mount. Besides the sensational value of the scandal, the Eddie Long issue has put some of the most serious questions about organized religion on the […]

AMSA Board Member Bob Minor: “Is He Gay or European?”

June 22, 2010 by  
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People used to ask about a man who didn’t fit the American image of manhood: “Is he gay or is he European?” In an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry acquired a small bag to carry around everything that stuffed his pockets. When he forgot it, his companions said, “Hey, you left your purse.” “It’s not a […]

AMSA Board Member Mark Justad: Men’s Changing Attitudes on Sexuality

June 5, 2010 by  
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As noted in the NYTimes and elsewhere, a recent Gallup poll on Americans’ take on the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations indicates that our collective attitudes are changing. AMSA members may be most interested in noting that men’s attitudes have changed significantly in just the last few years. According to the poll, 62% […]

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