Definitions of the moment: activism and advocacy

I’m not as active in hunting down companies or people to help bring Vaslagel to market, and so I was wondering, whether I have moved from being an activist to a simple advocate or men’s rights and issues? Oxford says that advocacy is a form of activism. I feel that is too generous a title for me at this given moment. While I continue to educate myself, formulate my thoughts, search for deeper insight into the law, our culture and men’s issues, and I continue to speak of them, I’m not sure that I’d qualify myself as a serious activist at this moment. I think of activism as a results oriented set of actions designed to produce measurable and quantifiable results that can be acknowledged by a neutral third-party. I’m not so sure that mere thinking and speaking falls into that class, until one actually sets to persuade certain people or groups in position of influence to carry out a given task or to create specific results. Perhaps writing or creating videos might qualify. I might be more generous toward others in that respect than I am to myself. I’ve always been my harshest critic.

Definition of activism

a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue

Definition of advocacy

the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal : the act or process of advocating something


2 thoughts on “Definitions of the moment: activism and advocacy

  1. Activism requires time and money. These are always both in short supply. Advocacy is a good thing even if it’s not as big as activism. Not every one has multi-national multi-million dollar orginizations bankrolling their activism.

    • Francis Roy says:

      Yeah, I had one of those in the back pocket of my old jeans, but I forgot to take it out before putting them in the wash. Boy was I pissed when I pulled them out!

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