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With the emergence of the Womens Movement a deep cleavage was created in gender relations seemingly pitting women against men in the struggle for equality and status An effect of this separation in spheres was a collective of men feeling as if they were being misrepresented or left behind during a revolutionary period of changing gender relations A product of this was the conception of mens groups around the world This paper attempts to look at the development of the mens movement in Canada since its emergence more than 10 years ago its origins and the significance that it plays in gender relations today whether this be as a threat or a compliment to the womens movement and the advances that have been gained by means of their work The Mens Movement contrary to what many believe is not a homogenous coalition of groups in pursuit of the same goals Much like the diversity seen in the Womens Movement there exists extensive diversity between the different mens groups and organizations that label themselves under the Mens Movement umbrella There are men who name themselves as anti-sexist and pro-feminist who see the role of the movement as one working against sexism in all its forms There are other men who see a need to reclaim some of the power that men have lost to women as a result of feminism Some men march in the streets and lobby governments to give a voice to issues of domestic violence rape and abuse while others rally for mens rights claiming that womens rightful place is in the home But there is one common understanding that unites these men and its the belief that traditional definitions of masculinity no longer work that the models of masculinity that todays men have inherited are no longer appropriate and that they need to be challenged and redeveloped There are at least five separate mens movements in North America today including Canada who
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