Phallic Affect, or Why Men's Rights Activists Have Feelings

  title={Phallic Affect, or Why Men's Rights Activists Have Feelings},
  author={Jonathan A. Allan},
  journal={Men and Masculinities},
  pages={22 - 41}
  • J. Allan
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • Psychology
  • Men and Masculinities
The men’s rights movement and its academic offshoot “New Male Studies” are considered in light of the turn to affect. I argue that affective utterances, “I feel,” become phallic in the men’s rights movement and function in a defensive mode. Unlike the phallus as guarantor of masculinity, which is currently up for debate, the affective utterance cannot be denied—that is, affect is wholly subjective. However, we can, as theorists, ask questions about how and why affect is being used. 

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