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Michael Kaufman

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Chapter 8: Men, Feminism, and Men's Contradictory Experiences of Power

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Men, Feminism, and Men's Contradictory Experiences of Power
Men, feminism, and men's contradictory experiences of power
MichaelKaufman

In a world dominated by men, the world of men is, by definition, a world of power. That power is a structured part of the economies and systems of political and social organization; it forms part of the core of religion, family, forms of play, and intellectual life. On an individual level, much of what we associate with masculinity hinges on a man's capacity to exercise power and control.

But men's lives speak of a different reality. Though men hold power and reap the privileges that come with our sex, that power is tainted.1

There is, in the lives of men, a strange combination of power and powerlessness, privilege and pain. Men ...

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