International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 2016-06-01 5 2
Forks in the Road of Men’s Gender Politics: Men’s Rights vs Feminist Allies
How do men respond to feminist movements and to shifts in the gender order? In this paper, I introduce the concept of historical gender formation to show how shifting social conditions over the past forty years shaped a range of men’s organized responses to feminism. Focusing on the US, I show how progressive men reacted to feminism in the 1970s by forming an internally contradictory ‘men’s liberation’ movement that soon split into opposing anti-feminist and pro-feminist factions. Three large transformations of the 1980s and 1990s – the professional institutionalization of feminism, the rise of a postfeminist sensibility, and shifts in the political economy (especially deindustrialization and the rise of the neoliberal state) – generated new possibilities. I end by pointing to an emergent moderate men’s rights discourse that appeals to a postfeminist sensibility, and to an increasingly diverse base for men’s work to prevent violence against women.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Pages:6 to 20
Total Abstract Views: 1822 Total Unknown Downloads: 344 Total PDF Downloads: 870