Analysis of the Mens Movement in Canada

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Analysis of the Mens Movement in Canada With the emergence of the Women's Movement, a deep cleavage was created in gender relations, seemingly pitting women against men in the struggle for equality and status. An effect of this separation in spheres, was a collective of men feeling as if they were being misrepresented, or left behind during a revolutionary period of changing gender relations. A product of this was the conception of men's groups around the world. This paper attempts to look at the development of the men's movement in Canada since its emergence more than 10 years ago, it's origins, and the significance that it plays in gender relations today, whether this be as a threat or a compliment to the women's movement and the advances that have been gained by means of their work. The Men's Movement, contrary to what many believe, is not a homogenous coalition of groups in pursuit of the same goals. Much like the diversity seen in the Women's Movement, there exists extensive diversity between the different men's groups and organizations that label themselves under the Men's Movement 'umbrella'. There are men who name themselves as anti-sexist and pro-feminist, who see the role of the movement as one working against sexism in all its forms. There are other men who see a need to reclaim some of the 'power' that men have lost to women as a result of feminism. Some men march in the streets and lobby governments to give a voice to issues of domestic violence, rape, and abuse, while others rally for 'men's rights', claiming that women's rightful place is in the home. But there is one common understanding that unites these men, and it's the belief that traditional definitions of masculini... ... middle of paper ... ... women can join to fight for human rights and human development. Bibliography: Bibliography Franklin II, C., 1989. 'Men & Society'. Chicago: Nelson-Hall Publishers. Chapman, R., & Rutherford, J. (eds), 1996. 'Male Order: Unwrapping Masculinity'. London: Lawrence & Wishart. Kimmal, M., 1995. 'The Politics of Manhood: Profeminst Men Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And the Mythopoetic Leaders Answer)' Philadelphia: Temple University Press. McLean, C. & White, C. (eds), 1996. 'Men's Way of Being'. Colorado: Westview Press. Staggenborg, S., 1998. 'Gender, Family and Social Movements'. Pine Forge Press. Websites Men For Change: Halifax, Nova Scotia. http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/CommunitySupport/Men4Change/m4c_back.html White Ribbon Campaign: Toronto, Ontario. http://www.whiteribbon.ca/
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