Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Social Justice

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 2, 1999 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Since its original publication in 1989, Refusing to be a Man has been acclaimed as a classic and widely cited in gender studies literature. In 13 eloquent essays, Stoltenberg articulates the first fully argued liberation theory for men that will also liberate women. He argues that male sexual identity is entirely a political and ethical construction whose advantages grow out of injustice. His thesis is, however, ultimately one of hope - that precisely because masculinity is so constructed, it is possible to refuse it, to act against it and to change. A new introduction by the author discusses the roots of his work in the American civil rights and radical feminist movements and distinguishes it from the anti-feminist philosophies underlying the recent tide of reactionary mens movements.

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Review: Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice

User Review  - Duncan Robertson - Goodreads

Refusing to be a Man is an assortment of stark, fascinating essays wrapped in a blanket of self-conscious angst. Stoltenberg provides great insights into the mechanics of male domination, which I ... Read full review

Review: Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice

User Review  - Abdullah Alhomoud - Goodreads

I'm not sure what to think about this book. I found some essays very well argued and supported with sufficient evidence, making anyone who wants to argue against them faced with a difficult task. John ... Read full review

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