Four men working to build a new masculinity

We highlight four pro-feminist, men belonging to different countries and areas of work, working on the construction of a new masculinity.

Glancing toward history, some men have been key in the first feminist wave, as John Stuart Mill, and one of the great pioneers of feminism is Poulain de la Barre. Today, participation in home care, daughters and children and the elderly, the fight against gender violence and trafficking of women are the main issues that involve a number of sociologists, lawyers, economists or writers .

Since the 70s and mainly in North America, several authors advocate a new masculinity. His projects, related in some cases with the fight against homophobia, are increasingly adept and its base is in feminism, which has more than three centuries analyzing vindicating patriarchy and equity.

forensic physician and professor of legal medicine, Miguel Lorente is a specialist in gender violence and addresses this problem through newspaper articles, books like ‘My husband beats me normal’ or ‘Anatomy of the perpetrator’ (both in publishing Critical) or the development of protocols of care for victims of violence to the World Health Organization, WHO.

Lorente became a key figure of the legislative progress in recent years in Spain against gender violence and was a delegate of the Spanish Government for gender violence from April 2008 to December 2011.

Lorente is highly critical of the ‘posmachismo’ reprocessing that many men have made feminist discourse to “keep intact its social position” “question a lot of specific issues to deteriorate gradually the discourse of equality.” (El Mundo, interview of January 30, 2009) .; More »

Canadian Michael Kaufman is the founder of the White Ribbon Campaign (White Ribbon Campaign), the largest advocacy organization that has been created within the male to end violence against women, with presence in 60 countries associations. His educational campaigns aimed at women and children, are based on that question themselves.

In his article ‘The men, feminism and contradictory experiences of power’, Kaufman believes that the power that gives her sex patriarchy (which defines as a social system dominated by men) is “flawed” and produced “pain, isolation and alienation “very mainly women but also men. Recognize that pain is to Kaufman, how to understand the “dominant forms of masculinity” that men should challenge themselves in order to “accept feminism”.

Works closely with Michael Kimmel, another reference of the “new masculinity ‘and author of” Against the tide. History of the pro-feminist men in the United States 1776-1990’ ( ‘Against the tide. Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776 . -1990 a Documentary History ‘), a book that portrays men who supported feminist demands from the Declaration of Virginia until now;. More »

The Mexican Benno de Keijzer is a specialist in health and gender and his books have analyzed the form of socializing of Mexican men, aggression, addiction and sexual violence, resulting in high mortality.

His latest works deal with the greater involvement of men in family life and her role as a parent, especially when transmitting new values ​​and breaking stereotypes.

For De Keijner, masculinity is “a set of attributes, values, roles and behaviors that are supposed essential male in a given culture.” ( ‘The man as a risk factor’, 1995)

He argues, referring to Mexico, that there is “a hegemonic model of masculinity, seen as a scheme culturally constructed where the man as essentially dominant is presented and used to discriminate and subordinate women and other men that this model can not adapt” . ( ‘The man as a risk factor’, 1995); More »

The Panamanian Eugenio Melendez, who died in July 2013, was a good representative of the MenEngage network, a global alliance of men and boys working for gender equality in all areas, especially health and wellness. Specifically, Melendez detacaba for their projects with the indigenous communities of Panama, where women are doubly discriminated against, its culture and be part of very traditional societies. More »