This is a question we get asked a lot. There is absolutely a place for male-identifying folks in this project! We hope that ALL entomologists, regardless of gender, will proudly express support for a safe and inclusive meeting and research environments.
If you’ve read the meeting Code of Conduct, you’ll recognize that Ento-Allies aren’t just about gender; we are allies for issues of ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. We work on being good allies to everyone, regardless of whether or not we share certain characteristics.
Being an Ento-Ally is a position of trust. You may have access to information that is confidential, and it needs to remain confidential. If we don’t know you…we can’t make sure that you are the right person to protect that information. So, people that want to be official Ento-allies will have to be someone we know. As in, we’ve had a face-to-face meeting with you.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t LOTS of things you can do as an unofficial Ento-Ally. The biggest, most helpful thing you can do is to help foster a culture of respect at our meetings. If you are in a position to safely speak up, say something. It doesn’t have to be a major speech. Just a small statement can help establish that racism, sexism, or ableism at our meetings isn’t OK.
Resist the temptation to try to solve problems for someone, or to assume that someone is “overreacting.” Listen, learn, and then let the impacted person make their own decisions. Trust them to know what is best for themselves.