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Replacing Misandry

In the first three volumes of this series, Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young challenge theories about patriarchy that ideological forms of feminism have promoted. In this volume, they argue that we must replace those misandric theories with one that takes seriously the needs and problems of boys and men no less than those of girls and women; at the same time, they add, we must maintain the reforms that egalitarian forms of feminism have promoted. With both factors in mind, they trace the history of men - that is, culturally organized perceptions of the male body and its masculine functions - over the past ten thousand years. They show how these perceptions have evolved in connection with a series of technological and cultural revolutions: horticultural, agricultural, industrial, military, and now reproductive. This new approach sets the stage for understanding a profound and growing problem that our society must face: the increasing inability of boys and men to create or sustain a healthy collective identity. The authors define this as an identity that is distinctive, necessary, and therefore publicly valued. Without a healthy and positive identity, two current trends will continue: giving up (dropping out of school, society, or even life itself) and attacking a society that has no room for men specifically as men, believing that even a negative identity, acted out in antisocial ways, is none at all.
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Paul Nathanson is a retired researcher in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Katherine K. Young is professor emerita in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. They are the co-authors of Spreading Misandry, Legalizing Misandry, and Sanctifying Misandry.


"Written in engaging and readable prose and built on a rich multidisciplinary source base, this work will appeal to a wide audience, most especially to those with interests in history, gender studies, and cultural anthropology. Highly recommended." - Choice "The importance of Replacing Misandry and its authors' earlier volumes on the disparagement of boys and men in contemporary culture cannot be underestimated. Nathanson and Young have pioneered in identifying and naming a dangerous cultural trend that thre "This is a brilliant advance, a tour de force. There is nothing quite like it in terms of historical sweep and analytical depth, and all imbued with humanism. The scholarship is excellent, the topic is well researched, the text is well written, and the arguments are clear, calm, and cogent." Anthony Synnott, Concordia University and author of Rethinking Men: Heroes, Villains, and Victims

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