Supporting men or male privilege? Women's progressive and reactionary collective action for men

Author/editor: Mikołajczak, G, Becker, J
Published in (Monograph or Journal): European Journal of Social Psychology
Year published: 2022

Abstract

In a new journal article, GIWL Research Fellow, Dr Gosia Mikołajczak, and Dr Julia Becker look at how women’s engagement in collective action for men can increase gender equality or reinforce male privilege.

Collective action for other groups, such as men supporting the #MeToo movement or Whites joining BLM protests, has been typically studied as a social protest advancing equality of disadvantaged groups and aiming for progressive social change (see e.g., Kutlaca et al., 2020 for a recent review). Our research challenges this assumption in two ways: first, by examining collective action for an advantaged group (women protesting for men's rights). Second, by showing that action for the advantaged can have both reactionary and progressive forms. Specifically, we focus on the context of gender as a special case of a disadvantaged group (women) actively supporting the advantaged group (men) either to preserve existing power relations (reactionary action supporting male privilege) or to reduce gender inequalities (progressive action supporting men in adopting egalitarian gender roles).

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