Are consciousness-raising groups an effective method for involving men in the feminist movement?

Megan Baxter


This dissertation seeks to contribute to knowledge of women’s, profeminist men’s and mixed-gender consciousness-raising groups, demonstrating that they provide positive outcomes for their members and that the latter two are an effective means of encouraging men’s involvement in the feminist movement. It argues that many of the established positive outcomes for women group members, such as personal support and education of feminist issues would also apply in the case of profeminist men’s and mixed-gender consciousness-raising groups. This dissertation draws upon a qualitative research study of participants’ opinions and experiences of women’s, profeminist men’s and mixed-gender consciousness-raising groups via the medium of surveys and semi-structured interviews. Through the combination of these methods, the dissertation concludes that opening group membership is likely to encourage men’s participation in the feminist movement because consciousness-raising groups are an effective means of social and political development.

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