What are men doing in feminist discourse? Although many feminists have commented on the relation, actual or possible, of men to feminist thinking and practice, and although some male academics have written about feminism, there has so far been little shared discussion. Men in Feminism is the first substantial attempt to produce a dialogue between feminists and their male allies.
This lively book, comprised of essays by both men and women, is a controversial sally in the current debate over the future of feminist theory. Its focus is one seemingly direct and yet surprisingly prickly question: the actual and potential relationship of men to the now impressive and widely recognized body of feminist writing. Each essay attempts to assess the benefits or damage of male participation in feminism; several of the contributions stand in direct dialogue with others. The editors present, mediate and reflect upon the agreements and arguments in the book, as well as between themselves as editors. Their dialogue-afterword draws together the questions at the heart of the volume.
Offering few comfortable answers, Men in Feminism will open up discussion of this theoretical and thoroughly political issue.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Acknowledgements. 1. Male Feminism Stephen Heath 2. Men in Feminism: Men and Feminist Theory Paul Smith 3. Men in Feminism: Men and Feminist Theory Stephen Heath 4. Demonstrating Sexual Difference Andrew Ross 5. Men in Feminism: Odor di Uomo or Compagnons de Route? Alice Jardine 6. Walking the Tightrope of Feminism and Male Desire Judith Mayne 7. A Man’s Place Elizabeth Weed 8. Femmeninism Peggy Kamuf 9. No Question of Silence Andrew Ross 10. A Double Life (Femmeninism II) Peggy Kamuf 11. Dreaming Dissymmetry: Barthes, Foucault and Sexual Difference Naomi Schor 12. French Theory and the Seduction of Feminism Jane Gallop 13. Critical Cross-Dressing: Male Feminists and the Woman of the Year Elaine Showalter 14. Response Terry Eagleton 15. Elaine Showalter Replies 16. Man on Feminism: A Criticism of his Own Nancy K. Miller. A Criticism of One’s Own Denis Donoghue 17. Men, Feminism: The Materiality of Discourse Cary Nelson 18. in any event... Meaghan Morris 19. In, With Richard Ohmann 20. Women in the Beehive: A Seminar with Jacques Derrida 21. Reading Like a Man Robert Scholes 22. Outlaws: Gay Men in Feminism Craig Owens 23. Envy: or With My Brains and Your Looks Rosi Braidotti 24. A Conversation Alice Jardine and Paul Smith. Notes. Contributors.