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Partnering with Men for Feminist Change

January 10, 2014

Camille Hayes

The American women’s movement is at a turning point. Roughly 45 years into feminism’s second wave, after decades of social change work dedicated to leveling the playing field for women, activists are coming back around to an old idea that’s been with us since the 1970s: the frequently cited maxim that “feminism is for everybody,” men and women alike.

Feminists long maintained that the rigidity of traditional sex roles was harmful to men too, but the harm done was often harder to discern. While it was easy to see what women were denied by being strictly confined to the conventionally female roles of wife, homemaker or mother, it was more difficult to pinpoint what men were giving up in a social order they seemed to dominate in every way.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee.

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