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Peretz's research focuses on anti-sexist and anti-violence activism, through an intersectional feminist lens. Peretz's overarching themes in writings include masculinity norms, violence prevention strategies and programmes, intersecting social identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, etc), feminist theory and social movements. Peretz is a faculty member in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.
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Explains that the Men's Story Project, a public personal narrative-sharing social change programme, is effective at producing audience reflection and behavioral change. Discusses how specifically, audience members who participated in focus groups reported more diverse understandings of masculinity, more critical understandings of the connections between masculinity and other identities, and less enforcement of rigid gender norms.
Highlights the Men's Story Project, a public personal narrative sharing social change programme, showing evidence of such programs as potentially effective at challenging and critiquing hegemonic masculinity.
Reviews existing research in the critical study of men and masculinities to put forward five mutually reliant reasons why studies of men and masculinities are necessary for understanding gender relations and beneficial for feminist projects for gender justice.
Substantiates men who engage in feminist activism sometimes become aware of their own male privilege in the process; specifically, they find they receive excess and undue praise, gratitude, attention, and promotion relative to women.
Outlines how men's anti-sexist organizations often fall short of inclusivity in their work, failing to engage men across a variety of intersecting identities. Identifies these shortcomings sometimes lead to the reactionary formation of offshoot groups targeting specific identities; Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence and the Sweet Tea Southern Queer Men's Collective are investigated as illustrative examples.