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‘Stop asking me ‘what about men?’

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An article about the abuse received for specialising in women’s issues ‐ by an academic who specialises in both women’s and men’s issues. This article is adapted from a viral blog which was read 300,000 times in a week, discussing the way people ask ‘what about men?’ whenever the writer talks about women and girls, but is hailed as a hero whenever she talks about men and boys. This article contains language that some readers may find offensive. This has not been edited out because it is material to the issue under discussion.

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Stop asking me ‘what about men?’ when I write about women’s issues.
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Keywords: abuse; feminism; gender; men; women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Birmingham, UK

Publication date: June, 2018

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  • The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (JGBV), is the first international journal based in Europe to show case the work of scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and from a range of methodologies.

    The journal acknowledges both the breadth of gender-based violence (GBV) and its links to gendered inequalities. It aims to continue to document the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of GBV, to publish work regarding those who perpetrate GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained. The journal recognises the intersection of gender with other identities and power relations, such as ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, faith, disability and economic status.

    JGBV will publish high quality papers that contribute to understanding of GBV, policy, and/or activism, on sexual violence, domestic abuse, ‘honour’-based violence, prostitution, trafficking and/or reproductive violence and abuse in a wide range of intimate, familial, community and societal contexts.

    The editors invite interest from scholars working across the social sciences and related fields including social policy, sociology, politics, criminology, law, social psychology, development and economics, as well as disciplines allied to medicine, health and wellbeing.

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