Intimate Geographies of Masculinity & Movements to Address Men's Violence

Authors: Michael Brasher*, The University of Arizona
Topics: Gender, Political Geography
Keywords: Masculinity, Feminism, Violence, Intimacy-Geopolitics
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Power and control spatially impact the boundaries of women’s lives both in the home and in urban landscapes, such that, often times, survivors of domestic abuse can only locate safety in particular pockets of the city. Increasingly, however, academics, activists and politicians who take seriously women’s experiences of safety and risk have begun to articulate a need to shift in focus—to pivot from placing the responsibility upon women to find safe space, instead focusing on men’s responsibility to create healthier, safer masculinities, and to use male privilege to advocate with other men for the safety of women. Similarly, feminist geographers have taken up the issue of scale in noting that there has been a disproportionate amount of literature and attention devoted to global rather than intimate violence. This paper is situated at the intersection of these shifts in thought, and examines the intimate geographies of interventions with men and masculinities to impact women’s experience of safety and violence on a variety of scales throughout the city.

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