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#MeToo or #MenToo? Expressions of backlash and masculinity politics in the #MeToo era

de Maricourt, C. and Burrell, S.R. (2022) '#MeToo or #MenToo? Expressions of backlash and masculinity politics in the #MeToo era.', The Journal of Men's Studies, 30 (1). pp. 49-69.


Since #MeToo took the Internet by storm in 2017, it has had transnational social and legal ramifications. However, there has been little research on the repercussions of this movement for the ways in which masculinity has been politicized as questions around its meaning and place in gender relations were brought to the forefront of public discussions. Thirteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants from two Western Anglophone men’s groups, one embracing and one opposing feminist ideas. Our findings demonstrate a qualitative shift in contemporary expressions of ‘backlash’ (Faludi, 1993) and ‘masculinity politics’ (Connell, 2005a) in the #MeToo era compared to their initial formulations in the wake of the women’s and men’s movements of the 1960s-1980s, shaped by novel tropes and tactics.

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Date accepted:27 May 2021
Date deposited:15 July 2021
Date of first online publication:26 July 2021
Date first made open access:15 July 2021

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