Men Against Sexism, Gay Liberation, Men's Liberation

Scope and Content

Folder includes: a number of gay and other publications, some of which are already held by the WL; 'Thoughts on Men's Oppression' by Rick DeGolia, California c.1970s; 'A Man's View' by Andy Hawley & 'I Want a Wife' by Judy Syfers; several biographical accounts/personal statements by homosexuals; 'Refusing to be a Man', Islington Men's Group, 1974; general men's liberation articles originating in the USA; 'Guidelines for Consciousness-Raising' by Warren Farrell, 1974; Men's Newssheet, no. 5, with a list of men's groups in the UK, Oct 1974; programme for the Men Against Sexism National Conference, 23-25 Feb 1979; annotated issue of Men's News, 7 Feb 1977 includes list of London men's groups; 'The Socialized Penis' by Jack Litewka, 1972; paper 'Working at Lesneys', unsigned; Songs for International Women's Day, Mar 1976; first issue of London Men's Groups Newsletter 1976; 'Liberating Sexuality' by Paula Tree;

This also includes a long (?80pp) untitled, unsigned manuscript with a covering letter about it signed by 'John' [a note by Rowbotham at the top says 'John Hoyland - section from novel about sexual politics in 1970']. John Hoyland was active in the 1970s men's groups. This is an early draft of an unpublished novel which provides an insight into sexual politics in the 1970s. Hoyland taught with Rowbotham at the Tower Hamlets College of Further Education in the 1960s; they set up Agitprop in 1968, a network linking radical artists to left campaigns and later co-edited the newspaper, 'Jobs for a Change', at the GLC between 1983 and 1986.