Can men be allies in the fight to end violence against women?

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What role can men play in the fight to end violence against women? Whether or not men can or should be involved has always been a controversial debate within the feminist movement. Can they be trusted? Does their socialization and male privilege make allyship impossible? Do we even need men in a woman-led movement?

It's a question the feminists have struggled with and continue to struggle with. Often men who claim to be allies end up replicating the very gendered hierarchies feminists fight against, perpetrating abuse, or are simply unwilling or incapable of seeing the space they take up in the movement.

At the same time, there are men who wish to join the fight against patriarchy and men who do work to end male violence against women. Where do they fit in, if anywhere?

In this episode Meghan Murphy speaks with Kris Macomber, PhD, a sociologist at Meridith College and author of the paper, "Men as Allies: Mobilizing Men to End Violence Against Women," about these debates, how men can fight violence against women, and what real accountability looks like.

 

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