The politics of gendered emotions : disrupting men's emotional investment in privilege

Pease, Bob 2012, The politics of gendered emotions : disrupting men's emotional investment in privilege, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 125-142.

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Title The politics of gendered emotions : disrupting men's emotional investment in privilege
Author(s) Pease, Bob
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 47
Issue number 1
Start page 125
End page 142
Total pages 18
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N. S. W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0157-6321
Keyword(s) men’s emotions
emotional inexpressiveness
pedagogy of discomfort
Summary This paper explores the implications of the neglect of emotions in critical masculinity studies and profeminist masculinity politics. This neglect in part results from feminist and profeminist critiques of the literature on emotional inexpressiveness as a tragedy for men that ignores male privilege and men's social power. To focus on men's emotions is seen by some profeminist commentators as psychologising men at the expense of sociological understandings of men's social power. However, in neglecting the place of emotions in men's lives, critical masculinity studies has overlooked the ways in which men's emotional attachment to privilege can perpetuate oppressive gender relations and male violence against women. By exploring men's emotional investment in unequal gender relations, the article outlines ways in which emotions can also be used as a catalyst to disrupt men's attachment to male privilege.
Language eng
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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