Feminist approaches to masculinities
14 to 19 Juli 2020
“Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and practice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.” bell hooks
In this course we’ll be looking at how people socialised or identifying as men* relate to patriarchy and to each other. Exploring how we benefit from it as well as how it hurts us and can hinder our ability to connect and to love. We will also explore some of our roles and responsibilities in working to dismantle patriarchy in solidarity with people of all genders and in so doing imagine what a loving world beyond patriarchy could be.
This space is open for people who identify as men*. What so-called “masculinity” means for us and how we relate to it can be different for each of us depending on our sexuality, race, class, disability, family and social backgrounds and all aspects of our identity and personal experiences. We want to welcome many ways of relating to this into the space and thus want this space to be welcoming to gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex men.
In the course of the 5 days we want to begin building a supportive and caring temporary community of men. We want to take the time to practice expressing our feelings and offering support for one another. In doing so we want to create a space where challenging ourselves and each other can be possible, if at times uncomfortable.
This course will be facilitated by 3 cisgender-men from the UK. Bio’s below.
The facilitators are being supported by a working group from the Feros team that consists of people with various gender identities including cis-women and queer and transgender people to support accountability.
* Men is the term we’re using for people identifying with masculinities in some way. We see the gender binary as a social construct and something that people can feel different levels of comfort or discomfort sitting within or not. We hope that people will be able to self select and decide whether this space will be useful for them and their relationship to masculinities.
The training will take place from the evening of 14th untill the 19th of Juli in a residential training centre in Hodister, 2 hours by train from Brussels. We will provide three vegan meals per day, with vegetarian and glutenfree options.
We work with a solidarity economy, meaning we ask you to give according to your financial capacity. For this training we suggest a sliding scale between 555 and 185 euro, with 370 euro being our break-even price. Please note that we are a starting project with no regular funding, so unfortunately we are not yet able to offer bursary places.
There are limited spaces available for this training, so please apply in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The final deadline for applications is June 23.
Ali Tamlit is a facilitator and trainer with Resist + Renew. He lived at the Grow Heathrow occupation for two and a half years and has been active in anti-aviation campaigns with Plane Stupid. More recently he was organising with End Deportations and took part in an action against a charter flight deportation in 2017. He currently lives in London, but grew up in rural Yorkshire and hopes to return to the countryside.
Samson Hart is a writer, activist, farmer/grower, and earth-based Jewish diasporist. In recent years, his work has led him to Adamah, a Jewish diasporist farm in Connecticut, and the Arava Institute, where he spent time researching agrarian resistance in Palestine. He now lives and works on a small market garden in the UK and is working on a number of projects at the intersections of arts, ecology, social justice and spirituality: namely, Decolonising Faith, land justice, access to land for agroecology and earth-based Jewish diasporism. He also holds an MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College
My activism started with grassroots climate action, as well as protesting the government’s cuts to public services. I later helped to set up the London Roots Collective: a group of facilitators supporting activist groups, community groups and youth groups with facilitation, training, and conflict mediation as well as organising creative events to bring together groups from across different movements. Over this time my understandings of myself and of the world I am in has changed, with my heart breaking and healing, my body and mind learning and un-learning, and with much confusion, pain and joy I feel I am slowly coming to terms with our histories, the systems of power and oppression that we live in, and my place within it. I am very interested in how to bring together spirituality with facilitation and activism.
A little about my identity: I use he/him pronouns, I’m 30 years old, and I am white. I am a Jewish, musician, facilitator, maths teacher, and am currently training as a Music Therapist. I grew up in London, and now live in Bristol, in the UK.