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Six Questions on Men and Feminism for Author Shira Tarrant
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Ellen Papazian
Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture

Page Turner interviewed Shira Tarrant about what led her to become an expert in masculinities, why feminism is relevant to men, speaking plainly about men’s violence, and what men lose in pursuit of the “hypermasculine ideal.”

Page Turner: You’re an expert in masculinities, and in addition to writing Men and Feminism, you edited the anthology Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power. What personally prompted you to, as you write, “think more courageously and deeply about masculinity”?

Shira Tarrant: I felt like it was important to use language that brings intellect, conviction, and heart to writing about masculinity and progressive change. Gender analysis is analytical and political, but it’s also deeply personal. It takes bravery to speak up and to shake the dust off aspects of everyday life that we sometimes take for granted. I wanted to invite readers to join me in this challenge …

Men, Masculinity, and Feminism