One of the most central issues for women's prospects for equality is whether man can and will change. Changing the social relations of gender will involve changing men’s subjectives as well as their daily practices. This book asks whether this is possible. Bob Pease examines how men, who are supportive of feminism, are responding to the feminist challenge, through an exploration of their experiences and dilemmas in trying to live out their feminist commitment and resist hegemonic forms of masculinity. The book is driven by practical as well as theoretical concerns, and aims to develop strategies that will promote the process of change towards equality in gender relations. Drawing on a critical postmo

The ‘Man Question’ in Feminism and the New Men's Studies

The ‘Man Question’ in Feminism and the New Men's Studies

The ‘man question’ in feminism and the new men's studies

How should I, as a man, approach the feminist debate about men? How should men read feminist theory? Of course these are not questions that many men consider because most men, including academic men and members of men's groups, do not read feminist theory at all. While female scholars have to read what both men and women write, academic men feel the need only to read each other (Hanmer, 1990: 24). Many men writing on gender do not acknowledge feminist theory and some writers argue that feminism is about women and has little to say about men (Brod, 1987: 61).

A man who reads feminist theory must respond ...

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