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XY online

men, masculinities, and gender politics

5 Dec 2018

XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men’s and women’s lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.

XY is:

A forum for debate and discussion, including commentary on contemporary and emerging issues in gender and sexual politics;

A resource library or clearinghouse for key reports, manuals, and articles;

A toolkit for activism, personal transformation and social change.

XY features 100s of articles on key ‘men’s issues’, from fathering and men’s health to the relationships between masculinity, class, race and sexuality, to domestic violence. XY makes available key national and international guides and manuals to working with men and boys and engaging men and boys in projects of building gender equality, ending violence against women, and striving for social justice. XY also includes personal stories, book reviews, and links to related websites.

XY is intended to be comprehensive, cutting-edge, and global. XY represents one of the most substantial resources on men and gender issues on the internet. And it is one of the most well-known, and linked-to, profeminist sites in the world.


XY is a pro-feminist website. It is guided above all by a commitment to feminism. XY is intended to advance feminist goals of gender equality and gender justice.

XY is intended therefore to encourage men to involve themselves in personal and social change towards gender equality. It inspires men to develop respectful, trusting, and egalitarian relations with women, to promote equitable and liberatory ways of living and being, and to join with women in projects of gender equality and social justice.

XY is guided by two further principles: a commitment to enhancing men’s lives, and a recognition of diversities among men.

XY supports men’s efforts at positive change and affirms positive and health-promoting formations of masculinity and selfhood. XY recognises both commonalties and diversities in the lives of men, shaped by such factors as class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and disability. It promotes inclusive frameworks and practices for engaging in work regarding men and gender, and encourages alliances between pro-feminist and other social justice movements.

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