Women’s rights movements and social justice movements have long challenged globalized patriarchal power structures. Over time there’s been progress and clarity about the multi-dimensional ways in which power structures manifest and impact different social groups.
As more women have become visible and impacted different spaces, increasingly the conversation on women’s rights organizing came to focus on an overly romanticized approach to ‘male involvement.’ The concentration of this discourse, on how men and boys can support the women’s rights movement, either as allies or distant supporters is less and less about men and boy holding themselves to account and dismantling the system that subjugates women. More focus is placed on tokenistic engagement from a representation angle.
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SOURCE: African Feminism