The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

The Man Question: Male Subordination and Privilege

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This book owes its origin in the first instance to my students in Gender and the Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. After many years of teaching the course, which focused entirely on women and the law as well as feminist theory, I decided to add readings about men, men’s issues, and masculinities, particularly because of my interest in issues related to fathers and fatherhood. The effect was electric; the class was both threatened and energized by the readings, resistant and yet open to rethinking their assumptions about gender equality and gender issues. Expansion of the readings about men and masculinities led to a proposal to NYU Press for a reader to supplement courses in feminist theory and gender and the law. At the final stage of review, the editors asked if I would write a book on the place of masculinities in feminist theory. At that stage my colleague Barbara Bennett Woodhouse (now at Emory University) strongly urged me to research and write the book. It began a process of further immersion in this subject for several years. I am grateful for her support and encouragement throughout this project, as well as her comments and feedback as the book took shape. I have also benefitted from the feedback of Professor Shani King, another colleague at the University of Florida, on various pieces of this work. Many other colleagues at the University of Florida have been influential in my thinking, over several years of conversations about the book. Richard Collier has been a source of dialogue throughout this project and visited briefly at the law school during the book’s development and presented some of his work on masculinity. Two other significant influences as I worked on this volume were Ann McGinley and Frank Rudy Cooper, both of whom have influenced me with their own work on masculinities and have been very supportive of this project.

In the course of working on this volume I was ably assisted by the librarians at the College of Law, who retrieved volumes from many disciplines and helped track down sources from various journals. I have also been strongly supported with summer research grants from the college as I worked on the . . .

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