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The Problem of ‘Men’

Men, or ‘men’, are now on the political agenda - and about time too! In one sense men have, of course, always been there. Many, most, public political agendas have been men's, just as many, most, organizations have been full of men's groups for centuries. On the other hand, the way men are has been questioned before.1 What is relatively new, however, is the extent to which ‘men’ have become problematic, contested, up for discussion, debate and dispute. In fact it is only with ‘men’ becoming problematic that ‘men’ are explicitly placed on agendas at all.

Thus, what we have here is the common paradox that something becomes a topic for study and critique when that topic is no longer coherent, certain, known, ...

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