Between Men and Feminism (RLE Feminist Theory)
By David Porter
Routledge – 2013 – 208 pages
Between Men and Feminism had its origins in a lively colloquium at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1990. It discusses how two decades of feminism have affected the ways men define their own masculinities, and how they have responded in their own social, sexual and political lives to the challenges posed by the evolving feminist critiques of patriarchy and maleness itself.
The collection contains a great diversity of approaches from Britain and North America. It includes viewpoints from academics, a poet, an educational researcher and the members of an active men’s group. Gay issues feature prominently, as do psychoanalytical views, and a number of the pieces provide a refreshingly personal and practical outlook.
Between Men and Feminism shows men finding their own way within the spaces feminism has opened to them, rediscovering their own gendered voices and participating in the transformation of controllong ideologies in their daily lives. These very readable accounts will appeal not only to students in the social sciences and gender studies, but to all men who find themselves responding to the feminist challenge.
List of contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction David Porter. Part 1: Making Space 1. Of me(n) and feminism: who(se) is the sex that writes? Joseph A. Boone 2. Why can’t a good man be sexy? Why can’t a sexy man be good? Naomi Segal 3. Men and women: the use and abuse of mutual space Andrea Spurling Part 2. Writing Between the Lines 4. Men after feminism: sexual politics twenty years on Joseph Bristow 5. Body odor: gay male semiotics and l’ecriture feminine Gregory W. Bredbeck 6. What do men want? John Forrester Part 3. Between Men: Finding Their Own Way 7. Men and change: reflections from a men’s group Cambridge Men’s Group 8. A gay man’s reflections on the men’s movement Martin Humphries 9. The personal, the political, the theoretical: the case of men’s sexualities and sexual violences Jeff Hearn. Index.