Men, Feminism, and Social Justice
This chapter begins by examining men’s violence prevention work in homosocial institutions that have traditionally been at the center of men’s power and privilege—especially the U.S. military and organized sports—and then poses a critical question: As the field of men’s antiviolence work has become broader and more professionalized, to what extent does the work itself become thinner, more open to organizational co-optation, and less able to confront how men’s violence against women is rooted in male privilege, race and class inequalities, and the public valorization of violence? These regressive tendencies are potentially countered by three emergent sources of a progressive “social justice paradigm” in antiviolence work: feminist professional antiviolence networks; a nascent “organic intersectionality,” which encourages violence prevention efforts that connect with efforts to address poverty, racism, homophobia, and transphobia; and developing networks of transnational feminism and social justice–based violence prevention organizations, especially in the Global South.
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