men, masculinities and gender politics



Involving Men in Gender Policy and Practice

There are many good reasons to engage men in building gender equality, especially given that some men’s practices, identities, and relations can sustain inequalities. The need to engage men can be particularly true in conflict and post-conflict societies, which often reinforce narrow views of masculinity and gender hierarchies. At the same time, involving men in gender-related policy and programming carries the risk of compromising resources and services directed exclusively to women or diluting the feminist orientation of such efforts.

Consent: An XY collection

There are great resources for encouraging norms of sexual consent and respect among men, building skills in negotiating consent, and so on. Here, we have collected some useful, accessible pieces. Please see the bottom of this page for the resources. Further suggestions are most welcome.

Further pieces on XY which focus on consent include the following:

Men's violence against women: Some key readings and reports


What is men's violence against women? What are its causes and consequences? Here are some key readings and reports, on domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of violence against women. They include shorter or more accessible pieces and longer discussions and reports.

Raising feminist sons - An XY collection


How can women, and men, raise feminist sons? How, for example, can mothers and fathers encourage their sons to grow up to respect girls and women? Here, we have collected some recent and accessible discussions of raising boys. Also see the bibiography of works here:

Additions and suggestions are most welcome.

Activist and academic resources on men, masculinities, and gender: A one-page guide

Here is a handy, one-page guide to key activist and academic resources on men, masculinities, and gender.

It's available below, and in a downloadable Word document further below.

Adolescent Boys and Young Men: Engaging Them as Supporters of Gender Equality and Health and Understanding Their Vulnerabilities

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“Far too many boys approach adolescence having experienced violence, witnessed violence, dropped out of school, had risky sex, or practiced other risk-taking behaviors because they believe that they must do so to be seen by their peers and their communities as “real men.” This has real and long-lasting impacts on the lives of women and girls and inhibits the creation of respectful and equal relationships.”

Organizing Men to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women: A five-step guide (1 p.)

Here is a handy guide to five key steps in organising men to stop violence against women.

Men's health and illness: Key academic readings


There is now an excellent academic literature on men's health and illness, the links between men's health and the social construction of masculinity, and related issues. Here, we have gathered some of the key academic overviews of this area, in full text.