And what if more men wanted to take part?
We invite people of all genders to stay tuned for registration for our upcoming mini course, Feminism for Men: How We Dismantle Patriarchy Together. The course has an Early Bird Price of $297 and the tuition includes two people receiving access to the learning materials— so you can do this learning with a partner or friend.
To have your organization considered for our trainings, first contact Dr. Kimberly B. George for an assessment consultation.
In our trainings, we ask communities 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 (even male supremacy) that harms women and nonbinary people.
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.
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.
Using a trauma-informed approach, 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.
Our trainings include curriculum that invites participants to delve into key texts of diverse feminist traditions—from Black to Chicana, to Indigenous to Arab to postcolonial, to Christian, Muslim, and Jewish feminisms. Taking responsibility for learning the work of feminist foremothers is a pathway that unfurls significant shifts in perception and awareness for men. We also teach contemplative reading and writing practices that bridge the intellectual work to the emotional, spiritual, and psychic work of the transformational learning.
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.
Men Learning Feminism trainings, like all Feminist Leadership Training offered by Feminism School, teach participants a pathway to change through 1) reconnecting the mind and the body 2) discerning intergenerational healing practices and 3) trusting 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.
“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)