The relation between feminism and men is often presumed to be antagonistic, so that men are expected to resist feminism, and feminists are assumed to hate men. That pattern of opposition is disrupted, however, by the continually increasing numbers of men who are participating in feminist theory and practice, trying to integrate feminist perspectives into their scholarship, teaching, work, play, friendships, and romantic involvements. Responses to this male feminism have varied. Sometimes male feminists find some female feminists critical of men who oppose or decline to join feminist projects, but also rebuff the few men who do undertake feminist projects. On the other hand, some women feminists have unequivocally welcomed men as allies in political, business, religious, and academic contexts. The essays in Men Doing Feminism reveal that there is justification for both views, the skeptical and the enthusiastic, because feminist men are as diverse as feminist women.

Many of the eighteen contributors to this book--women, men, blacks, whites, gays, straights, transsexuals--use personal narrative to show ways that men's lives can shape their approaches to doing feminism and to convey the opportunities and challenges involved in integrating feminism into a man's life. Some authors argue that men's experiences prepare them to make contributions that are of crucial importance to feminist theory. Others argue that men must radically reform, or even abandon manhood and masculinity if they are to be feminists.

In Men Doing Feminism, feminist theory is used to illuminate men's lives, and men's lives serve as a basis for feminist theory.

Contributors: Michael Awkward, Susan Bordo, Harry Brod, Tom Digby, Judith K. Gardiner, C. Jacob Hale, Sandra Harding, Patrick Hopkins, Joy James, David Kahane, Michael Kimmel, Gary Lemons, Larry May, Brian Pronger, Henry Rubin, Richard Schmitt, James P. Sterba, Laurence Mordekhai Thomas, and Thomas E. Wartenberg.

chapter |14 pages


ByTom Digby

part |153 pages

Feminist Theory from Men's Lives

chapter |15 pages

My Father the Feminist

BySusan Bordo

chapter |24 pages

How Feminism Made a Man Out of Me

The Proper Subject of Feminism and the Problem of Men
ByPatrick D. Hopkins

chapter |12 pages

Who's Afraid of Men Doing Feminism?

ByMichael S. Kimmel

chapter |11 pages

On Your Knees

Carnal Knowledge, Masculine Dissolution, Doing Feminism
ByBrian Pronger

chapter |18 pages

Profeminist Men and Their Friends

ByRichard Schmitt

chapter |31 pages

Tracing a Ghostly Memory in My Throat

Reflections on Ftm Feminist Voice and Agency
ByC. Jacob Hale

chapter |15 pages

Teaching Women Philosophy (as a Feminist Man)

ByThomas E. Wartenberg

chapter |21 pages

A Black Man's Place in Black Feminist Criticism

ByMichael Awkward

part |185 pages

Feminist Theory in Men's Lives

chapter |25 pages

Can Men Be Subjects of Feminist Thought?

BySandra Harding

chapter |23 pages

Male Feminism as Oxymoron 1

ByDavid J. Kahane

chapter |18 pages

Antiracist (Pro)Feminisms and Coalition Politics

“No Justice, No Peace”
ByJoy James

chapter |19 pages

Feminism and the Future of Fathering

ByJudith Kegan Gardiner

chapter |15 pages

A New Response to “Angry Black (Anti)Feminists”

Reclaiming Feminist Forefathers, Becoming Womanist Sons
ByGary Lemons

chapter |20 pages

Reading Like a (Transsexual) Man

ByHenry S. Rubin

chapter |12 pages

Feminist Ambiguity in Heterosexual Lives

Reflections on Andrea Dworkin
ByLaurence Mordekhai Thomas

chapter |17 pages

A Progressive Male Standpoint

ByLarry May