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  - Olivia - Goodreads

Very heavy reading. These essays are hard hitting and is sort of the "gotta hear both sides" of masculinity. Delves into patriarchy in ways I'd have never thought, but still in an easy to follow manner that even the simplest meninist can follow (or not) Read full review

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

User Review  - Rob Little - Goodreads

After the first 2/3 of the book, I was kind of ready to write it off as a loss. The author starts off with some very interesting premises for his essays, but almost uniformly ends of supporting his ... Read full review

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