Who is this course for?

Cis Men! (And anyone who loves, partners with, or works alongside cis men. )

Feminism for Men is a self-study experience for people of all genders who are interested in how Feminism School principles and practices—including connection to the body and cultivating a contemplative writing life—apply to men learning feminism.

This course is Core Curriculum for Feminist Leadership Trainings for organizations. It is currently not open to the general public for enrollment.

The Feminist Study Partner Program (Tuition for Two):
The $2200 tuition covers two participants because this learning is designed to be done with a friend, partner, or colleague.

Feminism for Men:
How We Dismantle Patriarchy Together

Access is for 6 months. Tuition is nonrefundable.

  • Tuition is for two as part of our Feminist Study Partner Program because learning in community is integral to feminist growth (and it's more fun!).

  • This course is 6 hours delivered in 18 concept-rich, accessible audio lectures.

  • Learn theory + practices for men engaging a transformative, healing feminist journey. (Unlike other Feminism School courses, you are not assigned graduate-level readings—but you might choose to take such courses after this introduction.)

  • The course workbook offers contemplative writing exercises and male feminist practices for the depth work of the teachings.

  • Like all courses at Feminism School, we are committed to feminism for men as a set of theory and practices grounded in anti-racist teaching and decolonial work.

18 Course Lectures

Here's a peek at 6 of them.

  • Lecture #1: Overview of Learning Methods

    We teach 7 key methods for men to learn feminist theory and practice.

  • Lecture #2: Locating Joy? On Learning Styles, Unlearning, Learning Curves, and Defenses

    What if this work could hold joy for men? What could that feel like?

  • Lecture #3: Locating Positionality, Intersectionality, Identity

    Feminist study and practice for men is first rooted in locating yourself within intersecting systems.

  • Lecture #4: Shame within the Learning Curve

    Most cis men experience shame (and fear) within learning about patriarchy: learn ways to not deny, but rather to engage those feelings and sensations in meaningful ways.

  • Lecture 5: Managing Defense Mechanisms

    Male defense mechanisms can block feminist learning—but, men can also learn how to be in these embodied sensations while making choices that propel growth and awakenings.

  • Lecture #6: Mind-Body Binary/Hierarchy Chart

    Learn how the disconnection between the mind and the body in western patriarchy maps onto hierarchies of gender, religion, and race, as well as ways of knowing.

Feminism for Men:
Key Themes

Unlearning Male Privilege

"Male privilege" is an important phrase to name gendered hierarchies. But it also a blunt tool. What exactly do we mean by this phrase male privilege? For example, 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.?

In course teachings, we ask you to reflect on how these hierarchies of masculinity harm joy, accountability, and creativity. When boys and men are conscripted into patriarchy's relations of power— which cut differently across sexuality, race, class, ability/disability, and other experiences of identity—they lose the fullness of their birthright to be fully themselves in a world that demands conformity to patriarchy's rules, shaming, and violence. At the same time, they also enact male privilege and male supremacy that harms women and nonbinary people.

Healing Male Defense Mechanisms

Men taking responsibility for their defense mechanisms is critical for men to learn feminism (and for women and nonbinary people to not become exhausted!).

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.

The course teaches 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.

Using a trauma-informed approach, you learn 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.

Engaging Feminist Intellectual History

One of the most exciting (and challenging) aspects of men learning feminism is establishing a precedent for men of centering women's knowledge. One way men can do this is by committing to listening/learning from feminist theorists, as a pathway to learning deeper listening skills with women.

Taking responsibility for learning the work of feminist foremothers is a pathway that unfurls significant shifts in perception and awareness for men. But what does this work look like in practice?

This course teaches you practices of learning and unlearning; ways to be receptive and active as a reader/listener; and ways to embody contemplative reading and writing practices. You will learn techniques to bridge the intellectual work to the emotional, spiritual, and psychic work of the transformational feminist learning.

Re-finding Mind-Body Connection, Ancestral Stories, & the Desires within Creativity

Part of feminist learning is developing a nuanced critique of the systems of violence, hierarchy, and oppression we live inside—or what Feminism School calls abusive power. But the other part of feminist learning is honoring the desires within your creative power as a source of healing and collective change.

This course teaches participants a pathway to change through 1) reconnecting the mind and the body 2) discerning intergenerational healing practices and 3) trusting our desires within our creative process to move us through trauma, isolation, and suppressed and unnamed grief.

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.




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