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Feminist Therapy for Men: Challenging Assumptions and Moving Forward

Feminist Therapy for Men: Challenging Assumptions and Moving Forward Feminist therapy has a unique history in counseling and psychotherapy. This unique history has had an impact on the development of the modality which includes combining methods and ideologies from diverse therapeutic frameworks while still maintaining a core set of principles. While intended originally for women, feminist therapy is argued here also to be a useful resource for men. The traditional masculinist perspective, assumed to be appropriate for men, is argued to not address diverse experiences men bring to therapy, but rather to support dominant prescriptive desires of a patriarchal culture. Utilizing tenets from various feminist theories, this article will argue how men can benefit from feminist therapy when practitioners reject essentializing men, recognize diversity in men's gender identity, help male clients understand the effects of normative masculine conformity and assist them in understanding their varying engagements with male privilege. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women & Therapy Taylor & Francis

Feminist Therapy for Men: Challenging Assumptions and Moving Forward

Women & Therapy , Volume 34 (1-2): 18 – Dec 30, 2010
18 pages

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1541-0315
eISSN
0270-3149
DOI
10.1080/02703149.2011.532458
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Abstract

Feminist therapy has a unique history in counseling and psychotherapy. This unique history has had an impact on the development of the modality which includes combining methods and ideologies from diverse therapeutic frameworks while still maintaining a core set of principles. While intended originally for women, feminist therapy is argued here also to be a useful resource for men. The traditional masculinist perspective, assumed to be appropriate for men, is argued to not address diverse experiences men bring to therapy, but rather to support dominant prescriptive desires of a patriarchal culture. Utilizing tenets from various feminist theories, this article will argue how men can benefit from feminist therapy when practitioners reject essentializing men, recognize diversity in men's gender identity, help male clients understand the effects of normative masculine conformity and assist them in understanding their varying engagements with male privilege.

Journal

Women & TherapyTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 30, 2010

Keywords: feminist therapy; gender identity; men; privilege

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