Sunday, July 1, 2012

Roundtable Round-Up

I recently participated in a roundtable discussion at The Good Men Project regarding the topic of whether the question of "what is a good man?" should be considered a Feminist issue; whether women should take an equal or leading position in that conversation; and what role gender theory has in discussions with real life people who've suffered from either gender (and, in some cases, both genders).

The entire discussion was started by an article from TGMP founder, Tom Matlack, as he reflects back on the project's original purpose and the results it has attained at this point. His is mostly a disappointed perspective -- for various reasons but mostly because the focus has gone from men to women. Is that appropriate in a space which was created by and for men? My article examines, and largely concurs with Tom's post, outlining how men need a space of their own in which to develop their own, non-toxic notions of masculinity without the baggage of an entire world of gender theory and Oppression Olympics.

Others weighed in on this issue, and I encourage you to check out the entire conversation, including the comments! So many of it is interrelated, so I would even say that reading every article is almost necessary to get a complete picture. Some of the posters, Hugo Schywzyer for instance, seem to be inappropriate speakers to include in a healthy discussion of gender. (Hugo specifically because he's not a Feminist anymore considering his sex with students, dismissal of male victims, use of sexism in silencing his critics, and that time he attempted to murder someone.)

But either way, the fact that people are talking is important and I'm glad Tom kicked off this important topic. So, again, please go check it out!


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