The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

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Among the many important tools feminist legal theorists have given scholars is that of anti-essentialism: all women are not created equal, and privilege varies greatly by circumstances,particularly that of race and class. Yet at the same time, feminist legal theory tends to view men through an essentialist lens, in which men are created equal. The study of masculinities, inspired by feminist theory to explore the construction of manhood and masculinity, questions the real circumstances of men, not in order to ...

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Overview

Among the many important tools feminist legal theorists have given scholars is that of anti-essentialism: all women are not created equal, and privilege varies greatly by circumstances,particularly that of race and class. Yet at the same time, feminist legal theory tends to view men through an essentialist lens, in which men are created equal. The study of masculinities, inspired by feminist theory to explore the construction of manhood and masculinity, questions the real circumstances of men, not in order to deny men’s privilege but to explore in particular how privilege is constructed, and what price is paid for it.

In this groundbreaking work, feminist legal theorist Nancy E. Dowd exhorts readers to apply the anti-essentialist model—so dominant in feminist jurisprudence—to the study of masculinities. She demonstrates how men’s treatment by the law and society in general varies by race, economic position, sexuality, and other factors. She applies these insights to both boys and men, examining how masculinities analysis exposes both privilege and subordination. She examines men’s experience of fatherhood and sexual abuse, and boys’ experience in the contexts of education and juvenile justice. Ultimately, Dowd calls for a more inclusive feminist theory, which, by acknowledging the study of masculinities, can broaden our understanding of privilege and subordination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814720059
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy E. Dowd is Director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and holds the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law. She is the author of several books, including Redefining Fatherhood (NYU Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction 1

Part I Theory 11

2 Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory 13

3 Masculinities Theory and Practice 25

4 Toward a New Theory of Feminist Jurisprudence 57

Part II Boys 73

5 Boys and Education 75

6 Boys and Juvenile Justice 87

Part III Men 101

7 Men and Fatherhood 105

8 Men and Sexual Abuse 125

9 Conclusion Ted Shaw Shaw, Ted 141

References Ted Shaw Shaw, Ted 151

Index Ted Shaw Shaw, Ted 185

About the Author Ted Shaw Shaw, Ted 187

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