Feminism and Male Allies

October 16, 2014

In today’s link, Slate writer, Amanda Hess, addresses the recent upswing in awareness and popularity of feminism after Emma Watson’s U.N. speech wherein Ms. Watson called on men to join with a feminist movement.

While some feminists welcome male involvement in the feminist cause, it can also be damaging. As Hess writes, “[This is] why President Obama calls on boys to be ‘real men’ instead of asking them to ‘dismantle the patriarchy.’” Either way, Ms. Hess more succinctly articulates the problem:

As members of the dominant group, men have access to social and institutional power that women lack, and that makes them valuable to feminism—but it also makes them representatives of a culture feminists are working to change.

Read Amanda Hess’s insightful and awareness-raising Slate article here.

posted by Corbin Lambeth

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