Social Power Against Male Powerlessness

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Kevin Carty is a 20-year-old feminist frat boy and Political Theory major at Brown University. He loves coffee, punk rock, communitarianism, and the reformation of modern masculinity. He tweets from @PolitiCarty, and can be reached at [email protected]


  1. PursuitAce says:

    You’ve convinced me. Let’s work to get rid of all-male groups. It’s seems they do a lot more harm then good. You’ll learn how to survive without them.

  2. Melenas says:

    So…when men experience powerlessness…they just need to realize that they are actually powerful and use that power? So can men ever actually be powerless or is it entirely self-delusion? And somehow this apparently has something to do with being in all-male groups I guess.

    Honestly, I’m not sure what you are trying to say here.
    You seem to start out by talking about men who experience feelings of powerlessness and feel adrift in the world, then suddenly shift into talking about how men should use their influence in all-male groups to improve the group dynamic and reduce misogyny and homophobia.

  3. This article is a perfect example of what I have been arguing at work lately , that when MEN have a problem, it is the fault of men themselves and of course all other men, when women have a problem it is the fault of her husband/boyfriend/father and of course all other men.

  4. Mostly_123 says:

    “Whether we be formally chosen leaders, or typical, involved members with social standing, we can help to set the tone and influence the behavior of our groups. If we make our communities more inviting to people who aren’t straight or male, we have the social power to do just that by highlighting and opposing sexist or homophobic language. If we want to stop the sexual assault that is so endemic among our age cohort, we have the power to do that, by coming together to intervene or collectively de-validate the ideas that encourage rape. If we want to direct the energy of our community toward more mutual compassion or charity, we can do that too by identifying our shared strength and capacity for care.”

    I agree with these things and want all these things- my only point of contention here (if there is one) is that all the phrasing there is in the future tense- as though in the present it ISN’T happening (or isn’t happening fast enough, or dramatically enough), or as though in the past we haven’t tried at all (or tried hard enough, or tried and failed). I’m not young enough anymore to be half as certain that I know half as much as I thought I did when I was 20; but for me, the writing has been on the wall for a long time that the axis of power is not gender (and certainly not gender alone), whether or not I feel, -and whether or not I am- powerful, powerless, or both.       

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