By Thomas Strychacz
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These doubts about whether (white heterosexual) male privilege can be parlayed into any truly critical standpoint contribute toward the larger question—really, an intense and continuing controversy—of what role, if any, male scholars have to play in feminism and gender studies more generally. 27 As we shall see in the next section, the question is still very much alive as men keep rethinking their relationship to feminism, to gender studies, and to their own political and professional experiences.
Writing as a potentially unwelcome guest at the margins of feminist discourse, where, to some degree always alienated, he must keep interrogating the principles that grant him scholarly credibility, Boone allows his formulations to reveal the rhetorical principles at work in the construction of his discourse. Like Kimmel and Kaufman, Boone is very alert to the gender politics of speaking as a male professional in late- twentieth-century academic institutions. Yet none of these writers shows the same acuity on the issue of being a male professional: someone whose right to speak, whose very authority as an inquirer, depends on observing discursive protocols that govern every moment of the analysis, and which make a profound difference to how we understand the claims on truth that eventuate.
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Dangerous Masculinities: Conrad, Hemingway, and Lawrence by Thomas Strychacz