Undoing privilege and power

 Undoing privilege and power: anti-sexist men and guilty politics.
af Lucy Delap, King's College London

This paper discusses the emotional work of the British anti-sexist men’s movement, over the 1970s and 1980s.  It investigates deliberate attempts to ‘feel differently’ by men who aligned themselves with the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the tensions that resulted. Drawing on psychological and psychoanalytic accounts of the emotions of guilt and shame alongside recent work in the history of emotions, I discuss the male gaze, emotional communities, and the limits of emotions as a political currency.