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 reproduction of patriarchal gender relations is not inevitable in families. Sometimes sons will break with patriarchal traditions because they recognize the destructive consequences for their lives and the lives of women. Sons can construct their masculine subjectivity through dis-identification with patriarchal fatherhood and through empathy with the experiences of their mothers. This chapter is based on memory-work amongst participants exploring these issues by examining tensions in father–son and mother–son relationships. It is especially concerned with theorizing how these experiences can contribute to profeminist subjectivities and practices.
The first part of the chapter examines how memories associated with discontent in father–son relationships and the ensuing group discussions enabled the research group to identify the construction of some of the ways in which patriarchy ...