Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence against Women

Paperback | March 16, 2015

byMichael A. Messner, Max A. Greenberg, Tal Peretz

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What does it mean for men to join with women as allies in preventing sexual assault and domestic violence? Based on life history interviews with men and women anti-violence activists aged 22 to 70, Some Men explores the strains and tensions of men's work as feminist allies. When feminist womenbegan to mobilize against rape and domestic violence, setting up shelters and rape crisis centers, a few men asked what they could do to help. They were directed "upstream," and told to "talk to the men" with the goal of preventing future acts of violence. This is a book about men who took this charge seriously, committing themselves to working with boys and men to stop violence, and to change the definition of what it means to be a man. The book examines the experiences of three generational cohorts: a movement cohort of men who engaged withanti-violence work in the 1970s and early 1980s, during the height of the feminist anti-violence mobilizations; a bridge cohort who engaged with anti-violence work from the mid-1980s into the 1990s, as feminism receded as a mass movement and activists built sustainable organizations; a professionalcohort who engaged from the mid-1990s to the present, as anti-violence work has become embedded in community and campus organizations, non-profits, and the state. Across these different time periods, stories from life history interviews illuminate men's varying paths - including men of differentethnic and class backgrounds - into anti-violence work.Some Men explores the promise of men's violence prevention work with boys and men in schools, college sports, fraternities, and the U.S. military. It illuminates the strains and tensions of such work - including the reproduction of male privilege in feminist spheres - and explores how men and womennavigate these tensions.To learn more please visit somemen.org

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What does it mean for men to join with women as allies in preventing sexual assault and domestic violence? Based on life history interviews with men and women anti-violence activists aged 22 to 70, Some Men explores the strains and tensions of men's work as feminist allies. When feminist womenbegan to mobilize against rape and domestic...

Michael A. Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Max A. Greenberg is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California. Tal Peretz is Lecturer in Sociology at Seattle University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199338779

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List of FiguresPreface: Men UpstreamAcknowledgements1. "This is Men's Work"2. Diving in: The Movement Cohort, 1970s to 1980s3. Digging in: The Bridge Cohort, mid-1980s to 1990s4. Plugging in: The Professional Cohort, mid-1990s to Present5. Earning your Ally Badge: Men, Feminism, and Accountability6. Conclusion: Men, Feminism, and Social JusticeAppendix 1: List of interviewees with demographic descriptorsAppendix 2: The Author's Moments of EngagementNotesList of ReferencesIndex

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"In this moving book, the authors provide insight into the hearts and minds of men who took seriously the feminist call by making lifetime commitments as allies in the movement to end violence against women. A stellar book that is carefully grounded in the history of the feminist andanti-violence movements, it is a must-read not only for students and scholars of gender, masculinity, feminism, and the anti-violence movement, but also for policy-makers and activists working toward ending gender-based violence." --Verta Taylor, Professor Sociology and Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara