Men who Believe in Feminism
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.
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