Saturday, 28 February 2009

What is Profeminisme?

Male domination and patriarchy have been under challenge by feminists and the women's movement in recent decades. The economic, social and political subjection of women in Europe and elsewhere, the violence brought against them and their confinement to the domestic sphere have been analysed and denounced in academic studies, solidarity networks and positive actions.

For the last 20 years or so a minority of men, though in increasing numbers, have joined the struggle for equal opportunities between the sexes, setting up men's groups, centres for violent men, publications and networks, and mounting actions against war and the concept of the "virile man". Their aim is to work towards a non-sexist society with, and in support of, women.

But profeminist men in many European countries are still isolated by the lack of any links between individual groups and this situation is holding back debate, exchanges of information and the organization of joint campaigns by women and men.

This is why we want to link up the various men who, in one way or another, support the struggle against patriarchy and male domination by creating a European network of profeminist men.

Backed by the European Community, our aims are to deconstruct the male gender, carry out more critical analysis of the modes of male domination, try to understand how macho, homophobic societies make us into domina-ting men, and assert our desire to live in peace without violence, without war between men and without oppression of women.


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