Masculinity and Men's Studies
Men's studies, sometimes called masculinity studies, is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to topics concerning men, masculinity, gender, and politics. Men's studies started in the 1970s largely in response to, and as a critique of, an emerging men's rights movement — itself a response to privileges brought to women by feminist political action.
In many universities, men's studies is a correlation to women's studies or part of a larger gender studies program, and as such its faculty tends to be sympathetic to or engaged in feminist politics. They cover the social, historical, and cultural constructions of men and virility. They often discuss the issues surrounding male privilege, seen as evolving into more subtle forms rather than disappearing in the modern era.
Many men have now joined organisations to combat male violence against women. There is also increasing awareness of the extent of gender-based violence against men.
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men's testimonies from the GAMEchange processes
Experience of those implementing the GALS methodology has found that many men are not happy with their situations - the 'wrangles' with their wives, emotional distance from their children, the burden of power and responsibility and the cycles of alcoholism, promiscuity and violence.
Men are spontaneously forming men’s groups and presenting their
experience in church to other men and women and to their friends.
These changes in men mean that women can focus on their own empowerment as valued members of the family, rather than battling against men. They also have more time and freedom to support other women in the process of change.
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