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Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00008
Country: United Kingdom

The social problem of men: Law and policy

Gender-neutral language.
Gender-neutral language is generally used in law and policy, though for different reasons within different legal-political traditions. The national constitutions embody equality for citizens under the law; non-discrimination on grounds of sex/gender. Despite these features, major structural gender inequalities persist.

Gendered welfare state policy regimes.
The different traditions of gendered welfare state policy regimes have definite implications for men’s practices; this is clearest in men’s relations to home and work, including different constructions of men as breadwinners. The implications for men’s social exclusion, violences and health need further explication.

Gender equality provisions.
The implications of gender equality provisions for men are under explored. Different men can have complex, even contradictory, relations to gender equality and other forms of equality. Men’s developing relations to gender equality can include: men assisting in the promotion of women’s greater equality; attention to the gendered disadvantage of certain men, as might include gay men, men with caring responsibilities, men in non-traditional work; men’s rights, fathers’ rights, and anti-women/anti-feminist politics.

Gender mainstreaming.
Efforts towards gender mainstreaming in law and policy are often, quite understandably, women-oriented; the implications for such policies for men need to be more fully explored, whilst at the same time avoiding antiwomen/ anti-feminist “men only” tendencies that can sometimes thus be promoted.

Intersections of men, gender relations and other forms of social division and inequality.

The intersection of men, gender relations and other forms of social division and inequality, such as ethnicity, remains an important and undeveloped field in law and policy. Both the substantive form and the recognition of these intersections in law, policy and politics vary considerably between the nations. These intersections are likely to be a major arena of political debate and policy development in the future.

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University of Sunderland
Priestman Building, Green Terrace
SR1 3PZ Sunderland
United Kingdom
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