The idea of the "anti-sexist man" is often treated with scorn by feminists and hesitantly by men. Based around interviews with eight men who have responded positively to feminist ideas, "The Making of Anti-Sexist Men" makes an important contribution to an understanding of the life experiences of anti-sexist men and helps reduce the isolation that many men feel when they choose to go against society's dominant expectations.
"The Making of Anti-Sexist Men" also fills a major gap in the literature on masculinity, adding substantial empirical material to a field which, until now, has been largely dominated by theoretical discussion. The life stories contained in the book show how anti-sexist men differ from their chauvinist counterparts and at the same time deprecate the "wild man" tendency currently in vogue in some men's group circles.
Harry Christian uses the interview data he has collected to help answer questions regarding the sort of life experiences that "make" pro-feminist men, and whether they can be trusted as allies for feminists.
"A sincere and serious attempt to illuminate how some men have aligned themselves with women's interests and sought to find ways of living and acting that are anti-sexist. The book is an important contribution to the politics of everyday life."
-Jim McGuigan, University of Coventry
"For those who believe that the only way forward is to seek mutual understanding and co-operation and are aware that gender roles are imposed on men as much as women, this is a good book to read...What surfaces is a surprising willingness not to conform to comfortable ready-made models, but to struggle to understand and change; to take on board feminist issues and try to meet the demands on men made by the women's movement. It is a fast-reading, stimulating and accessible book."
-Carla Marchesan, "Feminist Library Newslettern