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Pathways Toward Progressive Gender Consciousness for Young Men in Taiwan

  • Herng-Dar Bih


Bih provides a fruitful description and analysis of the trajectory that the individual man develops a concern for gender equity in a non-Western social context. In order to reach gender equity, boys’ and men’s participations are crucial. Based on rich interviewing data, this chapter specifies that having a subjective experience of gender discrimination in society or seeing women suffering gender oppression does not necessarily lead a man to develop progressive gender consciousness. Only through the help of feminist discourse is a person able to develop an awareness of the existence of sexism and patriarchy. However, gender consciousness is an ongoing process; how they make choices to support or resist gender equity depends on the negotiation of personal, relational and political interests.


Domestic Violence Gender Issue Gender Equity Hegemonic Masculinity Male Role 
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The author would like to express his gratitude to the young men who participated in this research, to Chang-Ling and Shu-Yuan for their help for data collection, to Prof. Raewyn Connell and Ying-Chao Kao for their critical comments on an earlier draft, and to the National Science Council (NSC87-2413-H002-003) for financial support.


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  • Herng-Dar Bih
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  1. 1.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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