Like women, men have been socialized to passively accept sexist ideology. While they need not blame themselves for accepting sexism, they must assume responsibility for eliminating it.
Men are not exploited or oppressed by sexism, but there are ways in which they suffer as a result of it. This suffering should not be ignored.
Men do oppress women. People are hurt by rigid sex-role patterns. These two realities co-exist.
(in reference to a theoretical hyper-masculine/violent individual)
Even though he has been socialized to act as he does, there are existing social movements that would enable him to struggle for self-recovery and liberation. By ignoring these movements, he chooses to remain both oppressor and oppressed.
Individuals committed to feminist revolution must address ways that men can unlearn sexism.
Until men share equal responsibility for struggling to end sexism, feminist movement will reflect the very sexist contradictions we wish to eradicate.
- Bell Hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center