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The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

Nancy E. Dowd


Among the many important tools feminist legal theorists have given scholars is antiessentialism: 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 pric ... More

Keywords: feminist legal theory, antiessentialism, men, feminist theory, manhood, masculinities, male privilege, subordination, fatherhood, sexual abuse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814720059
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy E. Dowd, author