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“Normalization,” “leading ladies,” and “free men"

Eveline, J. (1994) “Normalization,” “leading ladies,” and “free men". Women's Studies International Forum, 17 (2-3). pp. 157-167.

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Most affirmative action programs assume, quite rightly, that labour market strategies are needed to give women equal economic privileges to those accorded men. But where, one may ask, are the affirmative action strategies according men an equal place in the labour of child, family, and household care? Sweden's “Free Men” campaign is one such attempt, an indication that in Sweden the arbitrary boundary between paid and family work is being placed under considerable stress. I compare it with two traditional approaches to affirmative action, one Australian and one Swedish. The analysis suggests that if the current gendering and division of work and care is to be effectively challenged, feminists may need to provide more accounts of the devices that serve advantages to men.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 1994 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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