Introducing myself and my journal: Rus' Journal

Rus Ervin Funk
Posted February 22, 2010 from United States

About Me: Howdy y'all;

I am Rus Funk, based in Louisville, KY USA. I have been working to engage men to end all forms of men's violence against women and others for over 25 years. I am the author of "Stopping Rape: A Challenge for Men" (the first book by a man for men about stopping rape) and "Reaching Men: Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors and Violence (Jist Publications, 2006). I am currently director of MensWork -- a grassroots social change organization that focuses on promoting male leadership to end all forms of sexual and domestic violence. I am also active in advancing reproductive justice, and am on the board of our local ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. You can find out more about me at www.rusfunk.com and more about MensWork at www.mensworkinc.com

My Passions: my child, reading, baking, writing, walking in the park, gardening

My Areas of Expertise: organizing, educating and training, writing

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  • Rus Ervin Funk
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    Ellen Pence, one of the main foremothers of the Battered Women's Movement in the US, and co-creator of the power and control wheel, died last week.

    I am deeply saddened by her death. I had the chance to meet Ellen many times over the years and her passion, strength, humor, creativity and commitment will be sorely missed by us who knew her and by the movement as a whole.

  • Sharese
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    Welcome Rus! Your work is much needed and much appreciated. I will definitely be checking out your websites. I agree that it is so important to engage men in stopping domestic violence and rape.

    World Pulse is a great place to connect with people and offer your resources and share ideas with others. How do you find Louisville's reception to your work? Do you travel around and have discussions about this issue?

    I am very intrigued by your work and look forward to reading more about it.

    Much Peace,

    Sharese

  • Rus Ervin Funk
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    I find Louisville, as most of my colleagues find their communities, to be mostly receptive. We're new (this version fo the men's movement and our efforts in Lville) so there is a bit of time spent explaining our selves -- we don't work with men who batter or men who rape, we don't work for men who have been victmized, we're not an advocacy organization (in the traditional manner). It often takes a while for folks to get their brains around what we do -- a preventionist social change organization committed to engaging men as allies.

    I travel a great deal. MensWork does not, yet support me full time and the movement has been an amazing source of for me so I feel like I owe something back. I was in Northern MI earlier this month, will be in California, New Hampshire and Tennessee in March, and some other places later this spring. I am also likely to be going back to Mexico to extend some efforts we've been doing there for some time.

    I am also a part of a brother movement to the feminist movement -- MenEngage is working internationally to bring men into the work on the local levels.

    Thanks for responding! Tell me a thing or two about yourself as well!

    Rus

  • Sharese
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    I checked out your website and the MensWork website- both are very well put together and interesting. Is the MensWork organizaiton a faith-based organization? I noticed that one section of it focuses on faith organizations.

    I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica- feel free to check out my journal here on World Pulse or my blog: de-three.blogpsot.com for more about what I do and what I am about :)

    Much Peace,

    Sharese

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire

  • Rus Ervin Funk
    Feb 23, 2010
    Feb 23, 2010

    Thanks Fatima; I'm looking forward to connecting with folks, and exploring ways to connect these networks with networks of which I'm a part. We'll be in touch!

  • Jensine Larsen
    Feb 22, 2010
    Feb 22, 2010

    Hey Rus - Great to see you here, a joy to welcome you to our community. I remember speaking with you a few years ago and being so very, very impressed with your work. There are many amazing men in this community - and there is a nascent men's space called "Through his eyes" check it out! Do introduce yourself. It needs a strong leadership voice to keep the pulse rising there. http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/7474

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Bienvenidos, my friend!

    Much love, Jensine

  • Rus Ervin Funk
    Feb 23, 2010
    Feb 23, 2010

    Muchas Graciaas Jensine. I remember us talking as well. I look forward to going deeper with my support of world Pulse and in particular, the men as allies section. I'm a bit tapped right now with some other organizing efforts, but may look at how to do Both-And.

    We'll e in touch!

    rus