Men Politics

Women's power in the strongholds of the Patriarchate


Conservative values and patriarchal structures are increasingly gaining importance as right-wing populism grows stronger. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report, we will need another 200 years before we achieve equality between men and women worldwide.

By Laura Meier

The life of men in the North Caucasus


In 2016, with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the international center Free Happy People, a group of researchers investigated problems and beliefs of men living in four Russian republics: Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Ingushetia.

By Irina Kosterina, Ekaterina Ivanova

Men's Politics

An emancipatory critique of the dominant understanding of ‚man‘ as a category and of masculinity as a social construct, this section offers an overview of how the societal division of gender along the lines of female and male is often accepted as natural and self-evident. For more infomation, see Conference „Alles Gender? Oder was?‘ By its comparison with women’s policy, the term „men’s policy“ raises questions about privilege and gender.  Furthermore, the historical background of women’s policy bar any similarities with a „men’s policy.“ The term ‚men’s politics‘ can be used to desribe the following:
•    policies and politics made by men;
•    policies which promote the interests of men as a social group or of specific groups of men, such as fathers, i.e. an identity policy approach;
•    an emancipatory critique of the dominant understanding of ‘man’ as a category, and of masculinity. In this sense, men’s policies consist of questioning and highlighting dominant gender norms, role expectations, and the functions ascribed to men and masculinity in society.

Michael Kimmel - The Guy´s Guide to Feminism - Lecture and pannel discussion

Are you man enough to be a feminist?
Renowned American sociologist, researcher on men and masculinity, author and self-proclaimed feminist, Michael Kimmel, together with his co-author, Michael Kaufmann, seek to find answers to this, for some, provocative question.

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