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Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and…

Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power

by Shira Tarrant

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A book of essays on feminism written by men. I was a bit annoyed to find this book on the syllabus for a women and gender studies course - in general, we hear far too many men's voices in our society, drowning out the voices of women, and it seemed that we could at least avoid this dynamic in a WGS course. However, many of the essays were very interesting and insightful, and I am glad that our instructor included this on our reading list. (A few of the authors clearly don't "get" feminism, but a surprisingly large number of them did). ( )
  herebedragons | Jun 16, 2011 |
This is a great collection of feminist men writing on gender equality. These essays were meant to be personal and anecdotal, certainly not scholarly.

There is a wide range of topics covered, and there are essays in particular that really stand out. My favorite essay was early in the collection, written by the man who created the film BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES. It was a fantastic essay about him filming and doing research about people of color and how as a whole women are treated. His essay was about what he observed at the BET Spring Break and what the implications of what he observed.

I LOVED this book, but it's too bad that getting one's hands on a copy is not an easy task. ( )
  rmostman | Jun 5, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415956579, Paperback)

Men Speak Out is a collection of essays written by and about pro-feminist men. In the essays, which feature original, lively and accessible prose, anti-sexist men make sense of their gendered experiences in today’s culture.

The authors tackle the issues of feminism, growing up male, recognizing masculine privilege, taking action to change the imbalance of power and privilege and the constraints that men experience in confronting sexism. They describe their successes and challenges in bucking patriarchal systems in a culture that can be unsupportive of - or downright hostile to - a pro-feminist perspective.

In these chapters, a diverse group of men reflect on growing up, share moments in their day-to-day lives, and pose serious questions about being a pro-feminist male living, working, thinking, and learning in a sexist society.

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Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power, Second Edition highlights new essays on pornography, pop culture, queer identity, Muslim masculinity, and the war on women. With personal candor and political insight, this collection of diverse authors explores sex work, digital activism, incarceration, domestic violence, surviving incest, and standing firmly as male allies facing the backlash against women's reproductive rights.… (more)

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