DOI: 10.5206/fpq/2019.2.7291">

Three hypotheses for explaining the so-called oppression of men

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History and Philosophy

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Feminist Philosophy Quarterly


Are men oppressed as men? The evidence given in support of affirmative responses to this question usually consists in examples of harms, limitations, or requirements masculinity imposes on men: men are expected to pay on dates, men must be breadwinners for their families, men can be drafted for war, and so forth. This article explicates three hypotheses that account for the harms, limitations, and requirements masculinity imposes on men and, drawing on the work of Alison Jaggar, seeks to show that these hypotheses collectively are explanatorily superior to the hypothesis the men are oppressed as men.

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DOI: 10.5206/fpq/2019.2.7291