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Men who believe in feminism
Goldrick-Jones, Amanda, 1956-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2002]

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x, 209 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1570 Lexile.
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Despite popular misconceptions, some men do believe in feminism and support the feminist movement. Since the 1970s, supportive men in North America, Britain, and Australia have published magazines, formed anti-sexism organizations, and worked on a variety of feminist-inspired projects. ^IMen Who Believe in Feminism^R examines and recounts the motives and strategies, the successes and failures, and the challenges and triumphs of those men who have worked to support the feminist movement, combat sexism, and convey profeminist messages to different audiences. This timely and unique book invites readers interested in the future of gender relations to learn more about men's involvement and activism in redressing gender-based inequality.

Profeminist men's groups have been responsible for many successful anti-sexist campaigns and have often gained the support of feminist women. But they have also faced a number of challenges from various constituencies. The author describes reactions from anti-feminists, radical gay men, skeptical feminists, and others who question the profeminists' motives and accountability. Still, while profeminist organizations struggle, and sometimes fail, to overcome the challenges they face, the author contends that many men continue to believe in and support feminism and that it is the role of feminist groups and other interested women's programs to encourage profeminist activism, support men in their efforts to convey their profeminist message, and advocate the ongoing participation of men in the crusade for gender equality.

Author Notes

Amanda Goldrick-Jones is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Academic Writing/Women's Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg.

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In Canada, Australia, Britain, and the US, men have organized to promote women's liberation and subvert patriarchy. Goldrick-Jones (Univ. of Winnipeg) uses interviews, publications, and movement ephemera to chronicle the ideas, actions, successes, and failures of these pro-feminist men. She draws from secondary sources in women's history to place men's pro-feminist activism in the context of second-wave feminist social movements. Her empirical examples include Canada's White Ribbon Campaign, the US's National Organization for Men against Sexism, Australia's Men against Sexual Assault, and the collective that edited the periodical Achilles Heel in Britain. Her careful attention to debates over politics, accountability, guilt, and issues of men's violence against women provides a sound structure for the book. Goldrick-Jones is strongest when she parses men's pro- and antifeminist positions, specifically contrasting "men's rights" movements to the "men who believe in feminism" of her title. Unfortunately, she does not take analytical advantage of her cross-national comparative data. But overall, this appreciative account of men's campaigns for women's liberation nicely complements the flurry of memoirs and histories of modern feminisms and fills a gap in what we know about social movements and gender since the 1970s. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General collections and upper-division undergraduates and above. L. D. Brush University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: "Profeminist" Men: Who and Why?p. 1
1 Women's Struggles for Change: A Brief Historyp. 11
2 "There Was Liberation in the Air..."p. 31
3 "An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come"p. 51
4 Trials and Errors: Being Accountable to Feminismp. 67
5 Profeminism and Inclusivity: Vexed Questionsp. 87
6 "The Ongoing Female Holocaust"p. 111
7 "Breaking the Silence to End Men's Violence"p. 131
8 Politics and "the" Antisexist Malep. 157
Appendix A Profeminism on the World Wide Webp. 177
Appendix B A Method of Analyzing Profeminist Men's Motivesp. 185
Referencesp. 189
Indexp. 203