The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gen­der Equal­ity Rev­o­lu­tion

Michael Kauf­man

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Coun­ter­point (JAN­UARY) Hard­cover $26 (272pp) 978-1-64009-119-1

Women’s is­sues are hu­man is­sues, and Michael Kauf­man’s new book The Time Has Come calls for men across the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, and eco­nomic spec­trum to speak out about women’s rights. From do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to pay­check in­equal­ity to #Metoo, Kauf­man cov­ers a va­ri­ety of is­sues that are cen­tral to the women’s move­ment from the per­spec­tive of an ally whose ef­forts range from grass­roots or­ga­niz­ing to work with the United Na­tions for an in­ter­na­tional sum­mit on gen­der.

Fem­i­nism ben­e­fits men, but “is de­fined both in­cor­rectly and con­de­scend­ingly as a re­sponse to ‘only’ women’s is­sues.” The Time Has Come in­cludes chap­ters on stay-at-home dads, do­mes­tic part­ner­ship with­out op­pres­sive gen­der ex­pec­ta­tions, and men’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to end the war on women. The book is both timely and re­fresh­ing, plac­ing the onus on men to amend their per­spec­tives on women and check their male priv­i­lege. An ap­pen­dix in­cludes an ac­tion guide to en­gage men, and Kauf­man’s ex­pe­ri­ences as a leader, ally, and or­ga­nizer ap­pear through­out the book.

The through-line of The Time Has Come is the call for men to come for­ward and sup­port women. Cru­cially, Kauf­man ad­vo­cates that men work in their own com­mu­ni­ties rather than tak­ing lead­er­ship or au­thor­ity roles within women’s spa­ces. Do women re­ally need an­other well-in­ten­tioned, “woke” man defin­ing what fem­i­nism should be and do? No. Kauf­man’s anec­dotes about the sig­nif­i­cant ways men sup­port one an­other in the fight against misog­yny are in­cred­i­bly touch­ing and pro­vide good ex­am­ples of how men can be al­lies with­out cen­ter­ing their own ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Time Has Come is a re­as­sur­ing, empowering guide for men who want to be on the right side of his­tory and wel­come a fem­i­nist, gen­der-equal fu­ture.

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