Challenging Male Supremacy in Practice

Co-authored with Gaurav Jashnani and RJ Maccani, in “Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality”, Michael Flood and Richard Howson (eds), Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne (2016)

In her contribution to last year’s Kilburn Manifesto (Rustin 2013), an online statement in twelve monthly instalments about the nature of the neoliberal system which now dominates most of the ‘Western’ world and the need to develop coherent alternatives to it, Beatrix Campbell (2013) made clear the extent to which “a neoliberal neo-patriarchy has emerged as the new articulation of male domination.” Some of the key elements she identified as composing this “new articulation” include neoliberal retrenchments in welfare provision, the increasing double shift of productive and socially reproductive labour performed by women combined with persistent gender inequalities in pay, the growth of (para-)militarised masculinities “vital to the new modes of armed conflict that are proliferating across the flexible frontiers of globalised capitalism, between and within states,” and continuing high rates of violence against women and lamentably low rates of conviction for the mostly male perpetrators. As Campbell (2013) concludes, “sexual assault is a crime that by and large escapes justice.”

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