Evaluation data gathered from audience members reveals an extremely positive response regarding our format and our message. The data indicate that audience members experience significant learning of knowledge skills to help them work to create healthy masculinities.

  • Over 94% of audience respondents reported an increased knowledge about masculinity.
  • Over 95% of audience respondents reported learning at least one way to challenge unhealthy aspects of masculinity.
  • Over 91% of audience respondents reported being provided with skills to challenge violence.

 

But our real strength is the learning and growth we see in Phallacies members. When asked “Please describe some ways, if any, being a member of Phallacies has influenced you health choices and behaviors” Many of their responses speak to a countering of the ways they identified that masculinity had previously impacted their health choices, and choices about how they express their masculinity. Representative examples are (all are direct quotes):

  • Being in Phallacies has raised my awareness in many different aspects of health like STDs, doctor visits, and eating and drinking habits.
  • Practicing safe sex, seeking counseling instead of just keeping my problems to myself.
  • I am more likely to call people out on sexist, homophobic, or racist remarks. In general, I feel better equipped to be an ally and also be an advocate for issues I support.
  • It has changed my life and the foundation of my belief system for the better. I find myself more aware of the injustices I sometimes overlook in my life.
  • I now realize when I am in a situation that is negative and stop myself before I do or say something that could hurt myself or others.
  • I take better care of my mental / physical health because Phallacies has helped me love, respect, and appreciate myself.

 

They also were asked “As a result of your involvement in Phallacies, what specific action(s) have you taken outside of Phallacies to challenge hegemonic masculinity?” Representative examples are (all are direct quotes):

  • I call out men on their problematic behavior, I’ve become an empowering male ally to women and LGBTQ folks.
  • Changed my lifestyle on weekends; changed the language I use (eliminated many words from my vocabulary); change some of the people I hang out with; challenged my friends to change their language; challenged myself and my family to think critically about hegemonic masculinity.
  • I’ve confronted my friends about the actions they take, and make sure to help women who are being cornered by creeps at parties.
  • I have also stood up and been an ally to all my friends that it is okay to be different and okay to be gay and you can still be considered a “real man.”
  • I have held discussions … about how our views of masculinity affected our relationships toward each other, men to men as well as men to women.

 

Perhaps the most significant aspect of this in the transfer of the group learning to their personal lives. This diffusion of knowledge and behavior is helping to create impact in the circles that surround the men who are participating in Phallacies.