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

Postmodern Feminism and the Critical Study of Men

Postmodern Feminism and the Critical Study of Men

Postmodern feminism and the critical study of men

In recent years feminist theories have all been interrogated by postmodern and poststructural perspectives. There has been considerable debate about the implications of these interrogations for the feminist project of the emancipation of women. Little attention, however, has been given to the implication of these debates for the critical investigation of men.

Early feminist theory assumed that a distinct identity was being denoted through the category of women. This premise informed the political project of radical feminism to re-value the feminine, which patriarchy has devalued, as an alternative basis for social organization (Weedon, 1987: 31). These feminists thus asserted an essential feminine that is repressed by male domination, but within which ...

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