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

Alliance Politics

Alliance politics

In this chapter I explore the potential to develop alliances between feminists, gay men and profeminist heterosexual men. It is premised on the belief that it is important for profeminist heterosexual men to join with feminist women and progressive gay men if we hope to be able to restructure the social relations of gender. As little theoretical and empirical work has explored the possibility for dialogue and coalition between these groups, this chapter endeavours to contribute to the ‘prefigurative’ aims of the research. The first part explores the main themes arising out of discussions with feminist women and the second part examines outcomes of dialogues between gay and straight men.

Women and Men Talking

Prior to the 1960s, women's movements allowed a supporting but ...

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