It is hard for most men to look in the mirror and self-reflect on their own experiences within patriarchy, a violent system that is entwined within every system of oppression (like white supremacy, imperialism, and capitalism). The grief layers of this work are deep and complex. In 2021, Feminism School is excited to release more tools to support Feminism for Men.
This Seminar Series: Can Men Learn Feminism?, is not for men though!
Rather, this learning experience is for women and nonbinary folks in some kind of relationship with men—personally and professionally.
The teachings and contemplative practices offer analysis and insight for a moment of history that is beckoning real change and healing— but also requiring us all to un-learn patriarchal scripts.
Most of the curriculum at Feminism School is only available within Feminist Leadership Trainings (within organizations), 1:1 mentorships, and select cohorts. The Public Seminar Series is different. These seminars launch in 2021 and are opportunities for the general public to take part in feminist education in a low-cost, low-time investment model of learning.
This public seminar series is only for women and nonbinary people. (Women is a term for both women of cis and trans experience.)
Seminar sessions are 60 minutes and held over Zoom on: Sunday January 24th and 31st at 9:00 a.m. PST and Sunday February 14th at 9:00 a.m. PST.
Recordings of the live seminars will be made available if you prefer to learn in a non-live format.
Seminars include live teaching, guided contemplative exercises, and a short period for Q&A and sharing from the contemplative exercises.
3 days before each live session, an audio lecture (15-20 minutes) will be made available that includes a prompt for feminist contemplative practice.
It is hard for many men to learn feminism because 1) they are disconnected from their bodies and emotional life and 2) they do not regulate their nervous systems when receiving feedback about their behaviors within patriarchy and 3) they use defense mechanisms to avoid truly listening to women and nonbinary people speak the truth about their lives.
In this seminar, we teach on these defenses—like lashing out in anger, withdrawal in order to punish, stonewalling, gaslighting, claiming they are the "good" man, and minimizing the knowledge of women and nonbinary people.
We teach how male defense mechanisms keep men from perceiving and feeling the impact of patriarchal power and control on women and nonbinary people around them. But these defenses also keep men from feeling and grieving how patriarchy—and all systems of oppression—are also harming men.
Using a trauma-informed approach, you will learn why you cannot "teach" through a male defense mechanism, but you can create expectations and boundaries for a man to do his own work of 1) connecting to his body and 2) exploring the fears that drive his defenses around vulnerability.
In the worst form, male feminism becomes a brand that allows men to gain trust and perpetrate harm on more people.
Other men claiming feminist consciousness are not trying to manipulate or harm —but these men still get access to power and privilege for being male feminists, and they can still abuse that power and privilege.
In this seminar, you will learn much needed analysis for how male feminism should interrupt male privilege, not shore it up. This principle is vital if men are going to learn feminist practice, and it requires all of us to interrupt the unconscious scripts of male privilege in our relationships and communities.
Creativity is important in Feminism School, and this last seminar encourages play, even as we name hard realities of the work of healing and transformation.
If this seminar series is only for women and nonbinary people, how will men learn?
Feminism School is rolling out materials for men in 2021. Stay tuned!
Are there scholarships or discounts?
Good question! The registration is tiered so that the early bird specials are the discounts built into the pricing, allowing more people to access the course. While Feminism School does regularly offer scholarship spots and pro bono work, this 3-week seminar does not have scholarships.
Are there study materials?
For those who have taken classes at Feminism School before, you know that our courses are graduate level and rigorous. This course, however, is a bit different. It is rigorous emotionally—yes. But it does not require study time, other than listening to a 15-20 minute podcast prior to the seminar.
I am not sure I am able to attend every live session. Can I still register?
Yes, absolutely. The recordings will be made available to you after each live seminar. While we encourage participation, we also very much understand not being able to attend every seminar.
I would like to take the full courses at Feminism School. How do I do that?
Currently, our courses are (mostly) not available for purchase from the general public for self-study, but are rather offered within 1:1 Mentorships and Feminist Leadership Trainings. Very limited course cohorts for the general public occasionally are offered, too—we announce those through our newsletter. You can contact us below to inquire on these 1:1 Mentorships and Feminist Leadership Trainings, and be on the newsletter to hear of cohorts occasionally open to the general public.