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The Guy’s Guide to Feminism
Kaufman, M. and Kimmel, M. (2011)
Recommended by: Libby Davies, CEO, White Ribbon Australia

Description
Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel, two of the world’s leading male advocates of gender equality, believe that it’s crucial to educate men about how understanding and supporting feminism can help them live richer, fuller and happier lives. Each topic addressed celebrates the ongoing gains that are improving the lives of women and girls – and what that really means for men.

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The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men
Jensen, R. (2017)
Recommended by: Dr Bob Pease, Professor of Social Work, University of Tasmania

Description:
The End of Patriarchy asks one key question: what do we need to create stable and decent human communities that can thrive in a sustainable relationship with the larger living world? Robert Jensen’s answer is feminism and a critique of patriarchy. He calls for a radical feminist challenge to institutionalised male dominance; an uncompromising rejection of men’s assertion of a right to control women’s sexuality; and a demand for an end to the violence and coercion that are at the heart of all systems of domination and subordination. The End of Patriarchy makes a powerful argument that a socially just society requires no less than a radical feminist overhaul of the dominant patriarchal structures.

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The Gendered Society: Sixth Edition
Kimmel, M. (2016)

Description:
The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women’s experiences – his compelling and balanced study of gender includes both masculine and feminine perspectives.

Kimmel makes three bold and persuasive statements about gender. First, he demonstrates that gender differences are often extremely exaggerated; in fact, he argues that men and women have much more in common than we think they do. Kimmel also challenges the pop psychologists who suggest that gender difference is the cause of inequality between the sexes; instead, he reveals that the reverse is true – gender inequality itself is the cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, he illustrates that gender is not merely an element of individual identity, but a socially constructed institutional phenomenon.

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The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy
Johnson, A. (2014)

Description:
The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson’s response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn’t, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson’s simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralysing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.

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Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities
Kimmel, M; Hearn, J; Connell, R (2014)

Description:
The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities examines the construction of masculinities in four different frames: the social organisation of masculinities in their global and regional iterations; the institutional reproduction and articulation of masculinities; the ways in which masculinities are organised and practiced within a context of gender relations; and the ways in which individual men express and understand their gendered identities. The Handbook is organised in a way that moves from the larger, global, and institutional articulations of masculinities, to the more intimate and personal expressions.

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Male Peer Support and Violence against Women: The History and Verification of a Theory
DeKeseredy, W; Schwartz, M. (2013)

Description:
In 1988, Walter S. DeKeseredy announced Male Peer Support (MPS) Theory, which popularised the notion that certain all-male peer groups encourage, justify, and support the abuse of women. In 1993, DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz modified and expanded MPS Theory. Today, after twenty-five years of research, numerous studies from a diverse range of fields and practitioners support the original claim, providing a powerful explanation for the mechanism that underlies much of North America’s violence against women. This book provides a history of the theory, traces its development and uses over a quarter century, and offers an update on Internet-generated abuse.

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Coercive Control: How men entrap women in personal life (interpersonal violence)
Stark, E. (2009)
Recommended by: Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO, ANROWS

Description:
Considered one of the most important books ever written on domestic violence, Coercive Control breaks through entrenched views of physical abuse that have ultimately failed to protect women. Evan Stark, founder of one of America’s first women’s shelters, shows how “domestic violence” is a pattern of controlling behaviors akin to terrorism and hostage-taking. Drawing on court records, interviews, and FBI statistics, Stark details coercive strategies that men use to deny women their very personhood.

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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from domestic violence to political terror
Herman, J.L (2015)
Recommended by: Felicity Beissmann, Advocate Manager, White Ribbon Australia

Description:
When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.

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The Descent of Man
Perry, G. (2017)
Recommended by: Kristina Diprose, Ambassador Network Manager, White Ribbon UK

Description
Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity – what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails – since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place, for everyone?

What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man? Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being ‘right’ and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships – and that’s happiness, right?

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