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I would really love the opinion of people not in my cohort about a serious professional issue. For years, I have straddled the fence between two increasingly different worlds: "Women's and Gender Studies" and "Men & Masculinity" studies in psychology. My intention was to have a greater understanding of the gender(ed) spectrum and its influence on well-being. I am a cisgender woman and feminist, and was optimistic about conducting some really good research on gender norms and their impact on mental health for both men and women. Basically, I forgot that fields are created by people, and like any group, can change. And I am finding my struggle with the M&M field reflected in how I perceive a site called the Good Men Project.

I know many Jezzies here are aware of the Good Men Project (GMP), which features articles ranging from insightful and feminist to worrisome and anti-feminist/anti-women. I recently was linked to (and read, for once!) an article on creepiness/creepers/change, which was quite interesting. The author makes some good points. But looking at the comments (what was I thinking, oh dear baby Jesus), apparently the whole article is an attack on men by feminazis who should just become more "open" to their villainized male niceness and potential. Barf.


Here's the thing: my "M&M" world often upholds GMP as a safe-haven for male feminists who are trying to expand what it means to be a man beyond hegemonic masculine norms. We used to look at men and masculinity from a social justice/feminist mindset. Past/current leaders of this field have written/write for GMP, and it is often linked to on the listserv. These are clinicians, academics, and researchers in psychology. I wonder if they realize that many of the pieces run counter to our field's original mission.

Or more likely, I'm the one out of touch with our field, which seems to be making a change similar to GMP, and becoming less feminist and more "men's rights" oriented (which would lead me to leave the group.) There was recently a call to remove the line in our mission statement discussing our "historical debt to feminist studies" because it "alienates" potential male members.


Uh, you know who might also be alienated if that happens? This lady.

TLDR; Sorry for my ramblings, but I would like to crowd-source this: If you felt your field moving in a direction that ran counter to your values, would you try to stay and change it, or would you abandon ship for fear of affiliation with them?

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