Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The term male feminist designates men who consider themselves feminists; that is, who recognize the patriarchal oppression of gender in our societies and declare themselves active supporters of feminist thought and the feminist movement in the pursuit of equality. Their belief, like all feminists, is that sexism, racism, and homophobia, in which patriarchy is rooted, are constraining for all people, hence the need for a communal action against those forms of discrimination. Male feminists stress the need for men to take responsibility for their privileged position and to be more aware of the consequences of social inequalities in everyday life. Although useful at times, the idea of distinguishing feminists into feminists (women) and male feminists creates more controversies and introduces more problems into the agenda than could be expected. It is also important to distinguish male feminists from the men's movement (the men's rights movement), which is perceived by Several ...