Inclusive masculinity theory has recently been proposed as a new approach to theo- rizing contemporary masculinities. Focusing particularly on the work of the theory’s key exponent, Eric Anderson, this article offers a critical reading of inclusive masculinity theory in relation to the context of contemporary postfeminism. Building on feminist scholarship that analyzes the emergence of a distinctive postfeminist sensibility within the academy, I consider how inclusive masculinity theory both reflects and reproduces certain logics of postfeminism. My central concern is the manner in which this scho- larship deemphasizes key issues of sexual politics and promotes a discourse of optimism about men, masculinities, and social change. Against this view, I argue that critical masculinity studies must foreground the analysis of gendered power relations and posit that the interrogation of contemporary postfeminism is critical to this endeavor.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Men and Masculinities|
|Early online date||2 Oct 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Bibliographical noteThis article was published as a result of research undertaken while I was a PhD candidate at King's College London.
- masculinity studies
- inclusive masculinity theory
- sexual politics
- social change