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The Modern Mens Movement The 1970s saw the intensification of the feminist movement as a social moral and political force in the American arena They focused their attention on the systematic oppression of women in politics and business They were attacking male chauvinism dominance and a social system that relegated females to household duties By most standards the feminist movement has been successful in nearly all of its endeavors The result however has left the American male uncertain of his own role in not only the dating arena but the business marriage and society in general All the things that once made a man desirable now make him the enemy of the advancement of women The result has been a reactionary Male movement Though not as prominent in the media or politics the feminine counterpart it has garnered a rather loyal following through the 1980s and 1990s It focuses not on mens rights but functions more as a male bonding experience that educates and enlightens men about their new roles Created in the mid 1980s the Mythopoetic mens movement emanates from the works of Robert Bly His view is that the mens role has lost direction The mens gatherings are to reconstruct a valid male initiation and role modelSchocke This male movement has been cautiously encouraged by womens groups Most realize the new pressures being exerted on men by the changes in society and recognize a male movement as a means to finding the new balance I believe that we Ie men and women need a mens movement in the sense of men that have come to understand the evils of patriarchy These are men who are prepared to work in harmony with women to create a new society liberated from patriarchy Hagan 14 Women want and need the mens movement as bad or worse then men do The entire point of the feminist movement is to
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