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The Man Question

Male Subordination and Privilege

Nancy Dowd, 0, 0

Publication Year: 2010

"A useful and accessible introduction to masculinities studies."

Published by: NYU Press

Front matter

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pp. ii-vi


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p. vii

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pp. ix-xi

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...

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pp. 1-10

Feminist legal theory began by asking “the woman question.” Feminists persistently asked why women were missing, what justified their subordination, differentiation, and inequality. Feminists affirmatively called for valuing that which was woman-identified...

Part I Theory

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pp. 11-12

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2. Men, Masculinities,and Feminist Theory

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pp. 13-24

Why have men, as a focus of discussions regarding gender bias, gender equality, and gender-specific concerns, been absent from feminist theory? There are two obvious answers to this question. First, women have been the focus of feminist...

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3. Masculinities Theory and Practice

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pp. 25-56

Understanding masculinities, manhood, and men is critical for feminist theory. First, men are not universal or undifferentiated, and seeing men and boys in a more complex, real way helps to identify inequalities more clearly. Second, the intersections of...

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4. Toward a New Theory of Feminist Jurisprudence

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pp. 57-72

What does masculinities theory add to feminist theory? How is feminist theory advanced, enriched, solidified by adding the insights of this scholarship? There is no doubt that masculinities theory and applications enrich gender understanding, analysis, and...

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Part II Boys

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pp. 73-74

Boys and men are gendered beings, functioning within culture, structures, and institutions that are infused with masculinities norms. As feminists have long argued and explored, as a group men have disproportionate power and privilege over women. Masculinities...

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5. Boys and Education

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pp. 75-86

Masculinities affect boys as they move through the educational process in a number of ways. The evidence that boys as a group are doing poorly in comparison to girls as a group includes lower grades, being held back more, a higher dropout rate, lower test...

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6. Boys and Juvenile Justice

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pp. 87-100

Unlike the contemporary education system, which is expressly gender neutral, the juvenile justice system is a gender-specific system designed to manage, control, and respond to boys. Although girls are in the system, boys are the overwhelming...

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Part III Men

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pp. 101-104

Just as the two chapters in part 2 apply masculinities analysis to boys, the two chapters in this part are examples of the application of masculinities analysis to men, in the context of fatherhood and men as victims of sexual abuse. In the discussion of fatherhood in...

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7. Men and Fatherhood

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pp. 105-124

Fatherhood is inherently male identified. When we talk about fathers we talk about men. Yet fathers remain strangely invisible as gendered subjects. We do not talk about masculinity; rather, the tendency is to essentialize fathers. This is done to men as well...

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8. Men and Sexual Abuse

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pp. 125-140

Sexual abuse is the antithesis of any vision of fatherhood, whether traditional or redefined fatherhood. We do not imagine fathers as perpetrators or as victims when they were children. Men are typically linked with sexual abuse in our minds as perpetrators of sexual offenses...

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9. Conclusion

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pp. 141-150

Masculinities analysis has much to add to feminist analysis. By focusing on boys we begin to reexamine the dynamics of gender socialization and how it reproduces gender inequality. The psychological data expose fundamental similarities between girls and boys...


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pp. 151-184


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pp. 185-186

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About the Author

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p. 187

Nancy E. Dowd is the director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and holds the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law....

E-ISBN-13: 9780814720943
E-ISBN-10: 0814720943
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814720059
Print-ISBN-10: 0814720056

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 676700801
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Man Question

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Subject Headings

  • Sex and law.
  • Men -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Masculinity.
  • Fatherhood.
  • Feminist theory.
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