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Male allies and the politics of feminist accountability

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Similar to white people doing anti-racism work and heterosexual-identified people in “gay-straight alliances,” men who ally themselves with feminist women occupy a contradictory space of action that necessitates a conscious negotiation of the strains and tensions that inhere. Based on life history interviews with different age cohorts of men who work with boys and men to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, we describe the common contradiction that these male allies face: on the one hand, men in anti-violence work are subjected to critical scrutiny and pressure to remain accountable to feminist women; on the other hand, these men are often given access to unearned appreciation, status, and even higher pay than women who do anti-violence work. We briefly describe the strategies that different age cohorts of men (from the 1970s through the present) have deployed to navigate this tension, pointing to the pitfalls of certain strategies. We close with a focus on how race and class diversity among anti-violence activists, coupled with intersectional understandings of gender based violence create opportunities for navigation strategies based on expanded notions of male privilege and accountability.
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Messner, Michael., Greenberg, Max. and Peretz, Tal. "Male allies and the politics of feminist accountability" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p703967_index.html>

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Messner, M. A., Greenberg, M. and Peretz, T. , 2014-03-27 "Male allies and the politics of feminist accountability" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p703967_index.html

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Abstract: Similar to white people doing anti-racism work and heterosexual-identified people in “gay-straight alliances,” men who ally themselves with feminist women occupy a contradictory space of action that necessitates a conscious negotiation of the strains and tensions that inhere. Based on life history interviews with different age cohorts of men who work with boys and men to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, we describe the common contradiction that these male allies face: on the one hand, men in anti-violence work are subjected to critical scrutiny and pressure to remain accountable to feminist women; on the other hand, these men are often given access to unearned appreciation, status, and even higher pay than women who do anti-violence work. We briefly describe the strategies that different age cohorts of men (from the 1970s through the present) have deployed to navigate this tension, pointing to the pitfalls of certain strategies. We close with a focus on how race and class diversity among anti-violence activists, coupled with intersectional understandings of gender based violence create opportunities for navigation strategies based on expanded notions of male privilege and accountability.


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