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 Politics of Men's Interests

The Politics of Men's Interests

The politics of men's interests

The question of whether it is in men's interests to change towards gender equality has dominated debates in sexual politics during the last twenty years. To explore this question further, the research group invited Anthony McMahon as an interlocutor, because, at the time of the study, he was undertaking research on men's resistance to changing the division of domestic labour.

In a background letter to the group, Anthony argued that men continue to exploit women's domestic labour because it is in their interests to do so: ‘Men thus directly benefit from such services, and are also freed to pursue their purposes in the public sphere, where patriarchal relations are also in their interests.’

Anthony began his discussion with ...

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