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The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men's studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.

Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory
Men, masculinities, and feminist theory
Judith KeganGardiner

Is it true … that women in your society I are treated exactly like men?” a doctor in Ursula LeGuin's (1974) science fiction novel, The Dispossessed, asks a visiting anarchist. The anarchist replies with a laugh, “That would be a waste of good equipment” (p. 16). Then he explains that in his society, “a person chooses work according to interest, talent, strength—what has the sex to do with that?” (p. 17). Published in 1974, at the height of the 20th-century American movement for women's liberation, LeGuin's fantasy attempts to visualize gender equality as a society without differences based on one's anatomical sex, but one, it turns out, that primarily takes the form of allowing women ...

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