Good guys

Challenging the model of virility
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July 2022, no. 444
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A History of Masculinity: From patriarchy to gender justice by Ivan Jablonka, translated by Nathan Bracher

Allen Lane, $55 hb, 367 pp

Good guys

Challenging the model of virility
by
July 2022, no. 444

A History of Masculinity begins with the observation that we live in a global patriarchy that restricts the rights and freedoms of women, and that remedying this situation is a matter of urgent concern. To that end, ‘we need egalitarian men who care more about respect than power’. Ivan Jablonka acknowledges the accusation that men who are active in the feminist movement simply amplify sexist dynamics by ‘speaking in women’s place, as usual’, only to dismiss it summarily. He believes that a book such as his is vital because the feminist cause is ‘a fight that men have shunned’ until now. He hopes to correct his own failings and encourage other men to be ‘good guys’ in the battle for gender justice.

Shannon Burns reviews 'A History of Masculinity: From patriarchy to gender justice' by Ivan Jablonka, translated by Nathan Bracher

A History of Masculinity: From patriarchy to gender justice

by Ivan Jablonka, translated by Nathan Bracher

Allen Lane, $55 hb, 367 pp

Buy this book

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