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
Many writers have noted that most heterosexual men project their identities by defining gay men and women as the ‘other’. It thus seemed pertinent in the context of this project to explore the potential for heterosexual men to reconstruct their gender and sexual identities in ways that do not imply their domination over other sexualities and over women. Two social practices that reinforce oppressive, discriminatory forms of heterosexuality are homophobia and the sexual objectification of women.
In the first part of this chapter, I demonstrate how consciousness-raising about homophobia is an important strategy in transforming masculinity. If one accepts the possibility that one's sexuality may be different from the norm, it may redress the exclusion of others defined as different from oneself (Young, ...