KURE BEACH, NC (AP) - Vanessa Lussier is a self-described advocate for men's issues. She created the group Lovely Ladies for Men's Issues with two other men's issues advocates.
"All we really want to do is use our freedom of speech to talk about men's issues and other issues that aren't really discussed, or are seen as controversial," Lussier said.
Her group's target issues include domestic violence against men, custody battles, and supporting military veterans.
"Not in any specific order, some of the most important issues that we try to challenge are male genital mutilation, also called circumcision, which is still legal in the United States, and custody battles are often in favor of the mother, even if the mother is unfit to take care of the child, as well as veterans. Many veterans are homeless," Lussier said.
Lussier's passion advocating for men's issues began in high school.
"Quite a few of my friends started getting deep into women's rights and social justice, and I noticed that they became very bitter towards the thought of men's issues, and I thought that wasn't very fair," she said.
The feminist movement is also an issue the group takes on.
"Feminism was a good idea that got taken advantage of by people who are biased, and don't really want equality," Lussier said. "They just want to either make money or they want to spread lies that are actually quite harmful to men, like saying that there's a patriarchy, that all men are potential rapists."
The group is taking action by creating a Lovely Ladies for Men's Issues Calendar. Each month will feature a pin-up style model along with a problem facing men, including veteran's medical care, prostate cancer, unemployment, and alimony.
The proceeds from the calendar's sale will mostly go to the charity Vets Mentoring Vets, according to Lussier.
Learn more about the calendar's creation here >> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lovely-ladies-for-men-s-issues-2018-calendar-women#/