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Shira Tarrant aims to show once and for all that men can be feminists too... Kudos to the author for this blame-free book that encourages readers to embrace equality--and provides precise, simple steps to get [there]. --Bust Magazine

[Men and Feminism] is brief, it's engaging, and it doesn't mince words in explaining exactly what feminism has to offer men, and why they should get behind it. --Bitch Magazine

[Men and Feminism] is refreshingly...attentive to economic and political relations of injustice and structures of gender power... Men and Feminism raises the bar for well-intentioned men. --Michael Flood, Men and Masculinities

Drawing from significant intersectional, antisexist, and antiracist theory, [Men and Feminism] is an informative introduction to feminism in general and to how men stand to gain from it in particular. --For Your Bookshelf, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Shira Tarrant isn't afraid to go into unexpected territory ... [This book] discusses the history of men in feminism, but also analyzes conversations about gender and masculinity while providing resources for men interested in feminist actions. --Allison McCarthy, Womanist Musings

About the Author

Shira Tarrant, PhD is Associate Professor with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. Her books include Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge), When Sex Became Gender (Routledge), Men and Feminism (Seal Press), and Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press).
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  • Series: Seal Studies
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; Original edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shira Tarrant, PhD is a nationally recognized expert on sexual politics. Her books include Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century; Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power; When Sex Became Gender (Routledge), Men and Feminism (Seal Press), Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY), The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford), and New Views on Pornography (Praeger).

Shira Tarrant's writing also appears with AlterNet, In These Times, Jezebel, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Bitch, BUST Magazine, Huffington Post, and other publications.

Shira Tarrant's commentary on gender issues, masculinity, pop culture, and sexual politics have been featured on global media including the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, NBC, Forbes, KCAL 9 News, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Sydney Morning Herald, and on radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston.

Dr. Tarrant received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. Read more at http://shiratarrant.com and follow her on twitter @shiratarrant.

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Tarrant offers a critical look at the constructions of gender roles and the often-complicated relationship between men and feminism. To be clear, there is no vilifying of men, which some people (*cough* MRAs *cough*) tend to expect as soon as they even see the word "feminism". Rather, Tarrant examines alternatives for men to engage in healthier expressions of masculinity in ways that encourage gender equality. The problem that Tarrant focuses on is masculine privilege: what it is, how it works, and what men can do to address it. Her ambitious imagining of pro-feminist masculinity builds on the work of some of the prominent scholars and activists in the field, like Jackson Katz and Michael Kimmel.

Considering historical and cultural context, Tarrant gives due credit to men who are challenging the confines of traditional masculinity. What I like best about Men and Feminism is that it is incredibly readable and engaging, thoroughly researched and informative without being overly didactic. Anecdotes and opinions from regular men and feminist allies are included throughout the book, a reminder that the voices of men are fundamental to this critical dialogue, as ultimately all the facts and theories are actually about men and women's real lives and experiences. This is an essential introduction to an important ongoing discussion within feminism. Interesting, insightful, and, most importantly, accessible, Men and Feminism is a must-read for academics, activists, feminists, and just about everyone else.
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Seal Press and Shira Tarrant have put together an entertaining-yet-conscious collection perfect for college students or anyone interested in the intersection of masculinity and feminism. In a field prone to heavy-handedness, this author offers real, though-provoking examples of complex identity issues both sexes are confronted with each day. The 'questions for discussion,' 'topics for research,' and 'ideas for action' section in the back is both thought-provoking and solutions-oriented.
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Read this on a job crossing country, and it was cool to have along. The book is written in a fun, easy to read style and gives a good general and historic overview of men and feminism.
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I read the entire book on an airplane. Draws on a lot of good examples, literature and exerts from history, culture and society. One of my favorite quotes in it is

"...research on university campuses reveals that a lot of men privately disagree with sexism and misogyny, but far fewer are willing to come forward in public with their feminist, egalitarian opinions."

I have often seen this in groups of men. This is a great book and easy to read.
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I hope this we become required reading in high school, great book! Must read for both men and woman. This is not a male bashing book.
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This primer is a wonderful feminist overview. Shira Tarrant makes the case that all genders have a stake in gender equity, and in the process she helps normalize the notion of male participation.

The book succeeds by highlighting feminism's internal critiques, and showing the periodic shortcomings of theory-to-practice transitions. It seems to me that occasionally people reject feminism because they imagine an indoctrinated homogeneous herd. This book shows that feminism evolves and continues to re-examine itself. Men and Feminism highlights juxtaposed ideals and practice, the intersections of identity and experience, and the shifting of spheres we inhabit. Hopefully those who are more feminist-minded than they realize will find it as an open door.
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Tarrant presents the complicated relationship between men and feminism in an excellent study. She fights the stigma of feminism. Rather, She asks men to engage in healthier expressions of masculinity. She also calls for gender equality. She triggers masculine privilege, explains what it is, how it works, and what men can do to address it. She defintely aims at pro-feminist masculinity. Tarrant also gives due credit to men who are challenging the confines of traditional masculinity. this is so inspiring. the book is readable and engaging, as well as inspiring to both men and women. It is also thoroughly researched and informative. it is worth reding it.
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