And what if more men wanted to take part?
Empowerment teacher Kasia Urbaniak says
we all need to imagine the party at the end of patriarchy.
As a scholar of feminist history, I agree with such an inclusive vision.
I believe that dismantling patriarchy unleashes
for all of us.
The party at the end of patriarchy is for all of us.
But we need more cis men to join the labor so we can all get there.
—Dr. Kimberly B. George
Feminism for Men programs are in close dialogue with the voices and leadership of women and nonbinary people working alongside them. We believe that when men have a foundation of feminist training (in both theory and practice), they are much better able to fully leverage their spheres of influence to best support the leadership of others.
The labor of feminist cultural change needs more men trained
to better partner with women and nonbinary people.
More men are willing than ever before
(a credit to the long labors of feminist foremothers!).
But most have not studied to do this work at a deep level.
The result is they don't have the intellectual toolbox
or the relational, emotional, and spiritual practices necessary
for activating and sustaining real transformation.
(But we can change this reality.)
Our model is one of training highly invested individuals
willing to do the deep work within themselves.
Their own courageous change process is vulnerable, messy,
often filled with ambivalence, and real.
And it prepares them to lead other men into feminist change, too.
This kind of feminist learning is also an unlearning.
It requires nuance and careful thinking
about how we change systemic inequality.
What does male privilege mean for Black men, men of color, white men, disabled men, queer men, trans men, immigrant men, Indigenous men, rich men who own the labor power of other men, Christian men within Christian supremacy (as in the United States), etc.?
What are the hierarchies of masculinity produced by patriarchy, and how do these hierarchies harm joy, community, creativity, and innovation?
Male defense mechanisms come in many forms—lashing out in anger, withdrawal in order to punish, stonewalling, gaslighting, and minimizing the knowledge of women and nonbinary people. Male defense mechanisms keep men from perceiving and feeling the impact of patriarchal power and control on women and nonbinary people around them. These defenses also keep men from feeling and grieving how patriarchy harms men, too.
Through Feminism School's holistic, trauma-informed approach, men learn to understand how their defenses are exhausting and harming others and themselves. Taking responsibility for their own defenses is explored as the 101 foundation of men's feminist praxis.
If you missed out on college or graduate level courses in gender studies, critical race studies, queer theory, etc., you will benefit immensely from how Feminism School opens the enclosures of the university.
Patriarchy harms men's creativity and sense of play and fluidity through the gendered binaries it coerces upon boys within hierarchies of masculinity. Dismantling patriarchy requires a renewed imagination for what is possible and a recognition that we are interrupting a repetitive script, breaking into new and vibrant potentiality.
The consulting, study, and seminars in this program hold space for
how we change.
We change not only by intellectually engaging the feminist research...
...but also by reconnecting to our bodies and reflecting on
the grief, vulnerability,
shame, joy, connection,
in the process of learning
As more men are first trained in
the foundational methods,
we then layer the next step of the process:
working in cohorts with women and nonbinary folks.
“Kimberly’s work is transformative, immersive. It spans the histories and margins of race, culture, identity, and masculinity exploring the many intersections and tensions that exist therein—all while eliciting constant reflection and growth from participants. Her program can, without question, change of the culture of a school, and immeasurably enrich the experiences of male faculty, helping to empower them with knowledge, perspective, and tools necessary to teach and lead in the 21st century.”
Ryan Aiello (Director of Curriculum and Instruction)
What is the cost?
Feminism for Men Leadership Programs begin at $5000/participant for a 6-month learning experience. The full consulting and tuition costs involved for each organization reflect the scope of the customized work together.
How many hours a month should each participant set aside for the program?
We recommend each participant set aside 6-8 hours of study a month, plus 90-minutes for the live Zoom workshop for the cohort.
Why are the January-June cohorts beta cohorts?
At Feminism School in 2021, we are innovating new curriculum specific to men learning feminism. The January-June cohorts will be part of a process in which participants are invited to give feedback on the development of the next stage of our programs for men.