What if we are living a moment of history when feminist ideas could unleash more creativity, healing, connection, and justice?

And what if more men wanted to take part?

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Feminist Leadership Training for Men

(New Beta Cohorts begin January 2021)

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 

joy

connection &

creativity

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

The Partnership

Feminism for Men Leadership Programs provide consulting and curriculum that support cis men to learn feminist and critical race theory, as well as feminist leadership skills, within an organization, school, or congregation. Cohorts are for up to 9 participants. The goal is building a foundation for effective partnerships of change. Through a course of study in feminist intellectual thought and trauma-informed, somatic-reflection practices, we empower men to gain deeper skills to take part in personal and collective transformations and accountability.

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 Problem...

AND the possibility....

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.)

How to Register

New Cohorts Begin January 2021

To have your organization considered for Feminism for Men Leadership Trainings, please contact Dr. Kimberly B. George for an assessment consultation to discuss partnerships. Religious organizations, K-12 schools, therapists, philanthropists, and leaders in a variety of culture-making industries have benefited from our holistic approach to education and change.

The Path Forward

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 are the Methods for the Learning Process?


Key Learning: Male Privilege

We will study and reflect on how "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?

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?

Key Learning: Male Defense Mechanisms

In our work together, we will identify and explore—with curiosity, truth, and tenderness—ubiquitous male defense mechanisms that block deep feminist learning.

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.

Key Learning: Feminist Intellectual History

One of the most exciting (and challenging) aspects of our work together is establishing a precedent for men of centering women's knowledge. Our programs 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.

Key Learning: Mind-Body Connection, Ancestral Healing, & 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 creative power as a source of healing and collective change. Men Learning Feminism Programs, 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.

The Change Process

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,

and creativity

in the process of learning

and unlearning.


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)

FAQ

  • 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.

Explore Our Curriculum