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The Man QuestionMale Subordination and Privilege$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720059

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720059.001.0001

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Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory

Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory

(p.13) 2 Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory
The Man Question

Nancy E. Dowd

NYU Press

This chapter examines the traditional place of men in feminist theory as the essentialist holders of privilege. Feminist analysis challenges masculinities scholarship to remain focused on inequality, power, subordination, and oppression as critical to any meaningful study of men. By focusing on men as men or men in relation to other men, feminism underscores the importance of keeping women's inequality in view. This chapter considers the development of masculinities theory and research as an outgrowth of feminist and queer theory, particularly in sociology and psychology, beginning in the 1970s. It also discusses how antiessentialism became a core component of feminist theory and concludes by outlining some of the challenges of masculinities theory and its differences from feminist analysis.

Keywords:   men, feminist theory, male privilege, masculinities scholarship, inequality, feminism, women, masculinities theory, queer theory, antiessentialism

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