Amherst’s Rob Okun wins leadership award from online news service

  • Rob Okun, who is the editor and publisher of Voice Male magazine, in his office in Amherst, Dec. 28, 2017.

Published: 4/18/2018 12:14:19 PM

AMHERST — Local profeminist men's movement author and publisher Rob Okun has won a prestigious award from the online news service Women's eNews.

Okun, of Amherst, is the editor and publisher of the profeminist magazine Voice Male, which has documented the efforts of men trying to support the women's movement ever since it was founded as a one-page newsletter in 1983. For that work and his activism, he will be presented the Gordon Gray Outstanding Male Leadership award at the Women's eNews “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” gala in New York City next month.

“It’s a very big honor to be acknowledged,” Okun said Tuesday. “Particularly for me as a magazine editor, to have a global news site that focuses on issues related to gender, to have them recognize me… that carries some extra weight.”

When Okun is asked about his activism, he sometimes begins with a quote from Gloria Steinem: “Make no mistake about it: Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.” That work has defined the better part of Okun’s life.

The Gordon Gray award is meant to honor one man in addition to the 20 women also being honored at the gala. Among the night's other honorees will be former U.S. Congresswoman and first female New York City District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Emmy award-winning journalist Catherine Crier.

Okun’s book, “Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement,” is recently out in a second edition.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.
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