Sex Roles (2009) 61:583–585 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9668-7 BOOK REVIEW A Feminist Assessment of the Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possibilities of Profeminist Scholarship and Politics The New Politics of Masculinity: Men, Power, and Resistance. By Fidelma Ashe, New York, Routledge, 2007. 178 pp. $135.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978-0-415-30275-3 Jennifer Heller Published online: 30 June 2009 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009 The academic study of masculinities is a burgeoning topic introduces the reader to profeminism and the identity in gender studies, as those committed to ending inequality politics of masculinity; part two addresses how key realize that we know very little about the dominant gender profeminist authors have engaged with the concepts of identity (Kimmel 2005; Schwalbe 1996). At the forefront of men’s identities, power, and resistance in relation to men’s studies are ‘profeminists’, or scholars (usually men) feminist and gay, bisexual, and lesbian politics. The author who attempt to critically use masculinity as a starting point concludes that profeminism often falls short of its goal for progressive gender politics (e.g. Stoltenberg 1990; because strategies used to deconstruct masculinity frequent- Seidler 1997; Hearn 2004; Connell 1995). Controversy ly reify gender identities or do not extend beyond personal and concern has arisen over
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