Men supporting feminism, male feminists, etc. - An XY collection

A range of articles on male feminists, men supporting feminism, and so on have appeared in recent years. These populist articles have recurring themes regarding what men should do. Men should:

  • Start with ourselves. Do the personal work of change. Assume that we’re part of the problem.
  • Recognise and challenge institutionalised sexism and male privilege.
  • Affirm and support women’s leadership.
  • Listen to what women have to say.
  • Educate ourselves regarding feminism.
  • Avoid patriarchal practices in our support for feminism.
  • Focus our efforts on challenging other men.
  • Respect spaces which are women-only.
  • Be accountable for our mistakes.
  • Do the activist work.
  • Hold each other to account.

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These writings also identify typical problems in men’s relations to feminism. These include patterns where men:

  • Are self-congratulory
  • Use the feminist label to get sexual attention from women
  • Have a commitment to feminism which vanishes when they are rejected by women
  • Expect women to do the work of educating them
  • Show a support for gender equality which is based entirely in, and stops with, support for the women and girls in their own lives
  • And so on.

Below, we have collected some of these recent articles, in PDF. Also see the following online pieces:

The articles offer rich, diverse, humourous, and confronting accounts of men's roles in and for feminism. Suggestions for further inclusions are most welcome.