Feminism and men: Ambivalent space for acting up

Janne Tienari, Scott Taylor

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Feminism, historically and today, provides challenges and opportunities to men. In this essay, we present a dialogue that highlights different positions on activism and thought. We argue that it is essential for men to engage with feminism as activists and in theory, although this may present risks subjectively, professionally, and interpersonally. To illustrate our argument, we provide examples of engagement and distance from our working lives in different socio-cultural contexts. We explore questions of vulnerability in learning from feminism, and discuss how our privileges as (white, middle-aged, permanently employed) men condition our ambivalent experiences. The essay is oriented towards encouraging ourselves/men to articulate what feminism in action means, through research, teaching, and identity work. We also consider the conditions of possibility for men in acting up with feminism in critical organization and management studies, in the hope that practical action can create better conditions of work for all of us.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalOrganization
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 20.10.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Activism
  • feminism
  • masculinity
  • men
  • patriarchy
  • reflexivity
  • theory


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