Entries in Resources: Feminism (6)


Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?

A review of a new book titled Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?: A Debate between Warren Farrell (with Steven Svoboda) and James P. Sterba. This book is the first time one of the two main academic presses (Oxford University Press and Harvard University Press) has attempted to introduce a male-positive perspective to feminist gender studies professors in the U.S. and Canada. How badly is this needed in universities? Have a look at this email received by Warren Farrell:

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Setting The Record Straight On Masculinity

One of John Ashfield's "Men's Health Brief" articles. Decades of anti-male gender politics have seen men and masculinity made the scapegoats for every human ill you can name. "Self-destruction is masculine, getting better is feminine" wrote a once pro-feminist author, Herb Goldberg. But are men and masculinity really any more flawed than women and femininity? And if we’re to lament the oversupply of dysfunctional men in the world, shouldn’t we also deplore the oversupply of dysfunctional women?


Time For A Rethink On Domestic Violence

One of John Ashfield's "Men's Health Brief" articles. You may have heard it said that the first casualty of war is truth. Well the gender war of the last few decades is no exception. A cornerstone of gender feminist ideology has been the "smoking gun" of domestic violence – proof, they’ve said, of the lengths to which men will go, to control and oppress women. However, as recent authoritative research reveals, what is actually happening behind closed doors is very different to what we’ve been led to believe. 


Discourse and masculinities, by Micheal Woods


The concept of "discourse" is very helpful in understanding why men must resist negative stereotypes of their gender imposed by those with a negative mind-set. Discourse is a term that is often used synonymously with "ideology". However, it is much more than this, and is a central concept in trying to make sense of the contested area of understanding gender. One fairly precise definition of discourse is:

"A body of ideas, concepts and beliefs which become established as knowledge or as an accepted world view. These ideas become a powerful framework for understanding and action in social life".

Bilton et al, 1996, p. 657

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The War Against Boys - How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men

Christina Hoff Sommers controversial book (2000) articulates the concerns of many parents of boys - a brief review of her line of argument follows.

The first provocative book by Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, was especially noteworthy for its exposure of the outright lies perpetrated by establishment feminism -- many of which are still simply repeated and perpetuated by the press and politicians, like the Super Bowl domestic violence hoax: the lie that large numbers of women beaten by drunken male football fans flood into emergency rooms on Super Bowl Sunday.

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