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Some MenFeminist Allies in the Movement to End Violence against Women$
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Michael A. Messner, Max A. Greenberg, and Tal Peretz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199338764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338764.001.0001

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Earning Your Ally Badge

Earning Your Ally Badge

Men, Feminism, and Accountability

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(p.135) Chapter 5 Earning Your Ally Badge
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Some Men
Author(s):

Michael A. Messner

Max A. Greenberg

Tal Peretz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338764.003.0005

This chapter returns to the book’s central question: What does it mean for men to join with women as allies in preventing rape and domestic violence? Drawing from interviews with all three cohorts of men and women, the chapter probes the promise and contradictions of men’s work as allies. Men who do feminist work are frequently treated as “rare men” who benefit from a “pedestal effect.” Some men have ridden this “glass escalator” to “rock star” status in the antiviolence field. On the other hand, men are also subjected to critical scrutiny and sometimes distrust from women. Men of color sometimes experience an especially rapid escalation in status in the field, but they also are often subjected to acute sorts of racialized scrutiny. The chapter examines the ways that differently situated men—often with women’s mentorship and guidance—define accountability as they strategically navigate the pedestal effect and critical scrutiny.

Keywords:   pedestal effect, glass escalator, rock star status, critical scrutiny, racialized scrutiny, accountability, women mentors

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