I read this recently and plan to spend some time thinking about it. I wanted to run it past you all:
If we agree, as anarchist men, that patriarchy exists and therefore that unequal gender-based class relationship exists between men and women, we ought to admit that we are in a privileged position relative to the women in our lives (despite wide spread homophobia, even homosexual and queer men usually benefit from most of those advantages relative to women.). We should then undertake a process of disempowerment for ourselves and all men. Disempowerment does not mean reducing one’s capacity to act as a human being. Rather, it involved reducing the power we exert as men over women as individuals and as a group, and reducing the power that we draw from our alliances with other men in relation to women.
From Francis Dupuis-Déri, “What About Patriarchy? Some thoughts of a heterosexual anarcho-male” in Social Anarchism, No. 43, 2009: 60.
The article ends with this provocative statement:
“Anarchist men who are serious about upholding their magnificent principles must consent to be the targets of feminist militants.”
I’m taking this out of context, and stripping it of 20 pages of argument and examples, but what do you all think?