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Some MenFeminist Allies in the Movement to End Violence against Women$
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Michael A. Messner, Max A. Greenberg, and Tal Peretz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199338764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338764.001.0001

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“This is men’s work”

“This is men’s work”

(p.1) Chapter 1 “This is men’s work”
Some Men

Michael A. Messner

Max A. Greenberg

Tal Peretz

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces a framework for understanding the historical development of feminist engagements with rape and domestic violence in the United States and men’s emergence as allies. The life history method used in the research for the book is described, and three men’s stories are introduced to illustrate men’s feminist antiviolence engagements in three historical age cohorts who work to bring about change in institutions like the U.S. military, college sports, and high schools. Two key tensions that are discussed throughout the book are introduced: first, the shift over time from a politicized mass feminist movement to antiviolence work that is increasingly professionalized, bureaucratized, and depoliticized; second, the promise and contradictions that inhere when people from privileged groups (in this case, men) join as allies in a movement for social justice.

Keywords:   rape, domestic violence, life history interviews, historical age cohorts, college sports, U.S. military, high schools, privilege, allies

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