Drawing together the broad range of theoretical issues posed in the new study of masculinity, contributors from diverse backgrounds address in this volume the different disciplinary roots of theories of masculinity - sociology, psychoanalysis, ethnography, and inequality studies. Subsequent chapters theoretically model many issues central to the study of men - power, ethnicity, feminism, homophobia - or develop theoretical explanations of some of the institutions most closely identified with men including the military and the men's movement.
Chapter 8: Men, Feminism, and Men's Contradictory Experiences of Power
Men, Feminism, and Men's Contradictory Experiences of Power
In a world dominated by men, the world of men is, by definition, a world of power. That power is a structured part of the economies and systems of political and social organization; it forms part of the core of religion, family, forms of play, and intellectual life. On an individual level, much of what we associate with masculinity hinges on a man's capacity to exercise power and control.
But men's lives speak of a different reality. Though men hold power and reap the privileges that come with our sex, that power is tainted.1
There is, in the lives of men, a strange combination of power and powerlessness, privilege and pain. Men ...