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Chapter 18: Radical Pro-Feminism: Between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism – Stoltenberg

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Radical Pro-Feminism: Between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism – Stoltenberg
Radical pro-feminism: Between gender difference and categorical social constructionism – stoltenberg

While almost all of masculinity politics and much of contemporary Masculinity Studies is inclined to offer a critical but supportive analysis of manhood, a strand of men's politics and study programmes is decidedly not interested in this sympathetic critique.

From the 1970s a strand of masculinity activists/thinkers broke away from Men's Liberation (and its Liberal pro-feminist account of the equal costs of masculine and feminine roles). These progressive activists/theorists sharply dissented from the Men's Liberation equal treatment approach and its limited account of gendered power. As Messner (1997: 49–62) has argued, they developed a form of masculinity thinking that supported Radical feminism. Within the context ...

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