Awesome upcoming event: What does feminism have to do with men?

Do you have a gentleman in your life whom you would like to convert to the righteous and noble cause of feminism? Perhaps a young boy whom you would like to indoctrinate good and early? Have you found yourself trying to explain the concept of “privilege” to a man and thought, “Ugh, this is exhausting. I wish I could just hand him a book that would explain all of this so that I can go watch the most recent episode of Mad Men”?

Well, you can buy him a copy of The Guy’s Guide to Feminism, by Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel. It is that handy dandy book. It’s smart, simple, funny, and a great introduction to feminism designed specifically for men. Here’s an excerpt, from the entry for “Education”:

Science News Flash (1873): Some startling research proves once and for all that it’s a bad idea for women to be educated.   Careful observation shows that women who go to college have fewer children.  The reason, Harvard professor Edward Clarke tells us, is obvious:  Allowing women’s brains to grow means their wombs will shrink.  The conclusion: Since this could lead to depopulation, it’s best to keep women out of the classroom.

Demography News Flash (2012): In our colleges and universities, well over 50 percent of students are women.  They’re the majority of medical students, law students, and business students.

What Happened In Between?

HYPOTHESIS ONE:   In the 1880s, women’s dresses were too large to fit into classroom seats.  Styles have changed, so now women can get an education.
HYPOTHESIS TWO: Feminism.

Buy said gentleman this book! If you don’t want to do that, or if you’ve already done that, buy him a ticket to Paradigm Shift’s upcoming Guy’s Guide event.

Next Wednesday, June 6th
7-9:30pm at The Feminist District
151 W. 46th St. (b/t 6th & 7th Ave) 8th Floor
Featuring Michael Kimmel, co-author of The Guy’s Guide and Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York domestic violence prevention organization.

Cost: $12 pre-paid, $15 at door
Limited Seating/Buy Online!

Do it! Be there! Go team!

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/genderqueercyclist/ Jacob

    Why does so much awesome stuff happen on the east coast? I can’t afford to get out there! Send it out west! We have better weather!