Undoing Patriarchy - A Syllabus

Prepared February 2018. This is in no way exhaustive but meant to be one of many resources, for men in particular, towards the larger movement of undoing patriarchy, ending sexual- and gender-based violence, and decreasing all violence.

Below is a large number of resources parsed into several categories.  Like any syllabus, there is way too much to look at.  If you want just a few things, check out this short list.

Short List

Understanding Patriarchy - Bell Hooks

Tarana Burke Says #MeToo Should Center Marginalized Communities - Elizabeth Adetiba w. Tarana Burke

Against Patriarchy - Chris Cross

Remembering Why Redefining Masculinity is Important - Mychal Denzel Smith

Men and Allies in Preventing Violence Against Women: Principles and Practices for Promoting Accountability - Bob Pease

The Will to Change (book) - Bell Hooks

Emotional Labor: What Is It and How To Do It - Miri


Understanding Patriarchy

Understanding Patriarchy - Bell Hooks

Why Patriarchy Persists (and Why We Can’t Change It) - Drew Serres

The 7 P’s of Men’s Violence - Michael Kaufman

The Will to Change (book) - Bell Hooks

The Quagmire of Masculinity - Robert Jensen

The Female Cost of Male Pleasure - Lili Loofbourow

Toxic masculinity is killing me: The roots of male trauma - Kali Holloway

This is Why as a Black Man I Hate Patriarchy the Most (includes the Black Male Privilege Checklist) - Sam McKenzie Jr.

Understanding “Black” (Intersectional) Feminism 

Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality - Bim Adewunmi w. Kimberlé Crenshaw

Black feminism and intersectionality - Sharon Smith

Here’s How We Can Center Queer & Trans Survivors In The #MeToo Movement - Neesha Powell

Tarana Burke Says #MeToo Should Center Marginalized Communities - Elizabeth Adetiba w. Tarana Burke

Changing Ourselves

Emotional Labor: What Is It and How To Do It - Miri

Against Patriarchy: 20 Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution - Chris Cross

Putting a Stop to Rape Culture – The Best of Rape Culture - Everyday Feminism Editors

How We Can Address Patriarchy - Lama Rod Owens

What Men Can Do - Men Can Stop Rape

Supporting Survivors - Men Can Stop Rape

Dear Men Who Wish to Be Allies to Women: 12 Things You Need to Know - Lisa O'Neill

Remembering Why Refining Masculinity is Important - Mychal Denzel Smith

Relinquishing the Patriarchy - adrienne maree brown

Changing Male Supremacy (resources - many of them!)

Accountability, Healing and Transformative Justice

The Sentencing of Larry Nassar Was Not ‘Transformative Justice.’ Here’s Why. - Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba

5 Transformative Justice Experts On What We Should Do With ‘Sexual Predators’ In Our Communities - Kim Tran

What Would it Take to Actually Imitate Violence? - Miriam Zoila Pérez w. Mia Mingus

What Does It Feel Like When Change Finally Comes: Male Supremacy, Accountability and Transformative Justice - Gaurav Jashnani, RJ Maccani, and Alan Greig

A Liberatory Approach to Child Sexual Abuse and other forms of Intimate and Communal Violence - Generation Five

Reconciling Rage and Compassion: the Unfolding #MeToo Moment for Junot Diaz - Aya de Leon

Men as Allies in Preventing Violence Against Women: Principles and Practices for Promoting Accountability - Bob Pease

Toxic Masculinity: Shifting the Conversation from Talk to Action - Akili Robinson

The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture - Nora Samaran

Healing Our Men and Moving Away from the Patriarchy - Carolyn Baker

Accounting for Violence - Danielle Sered

You Can’t Be Woke and Disrespect Black Women - George Johnson

“Not All Black Men,” They Insist. To That I Say, Prove It. - Sherronda J. Brown

Books (where possible, consider purchasing from publisher or local bookstore instead of Amazon)

The Will to Change - Bell Hooks

All About Love - Bell Hooks

Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power - Shira Tarrant

Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth - Thanissara

How We Get Free: “Black” Feminism and the Combahee River Collective - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower - Brittany Cooper

Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement - Jennifer Patterson

Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde

Women, Race and Class - Angela Davis

Redefining Realness - Janet Mock

The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men - Robert Jensen

The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown

Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit

Difficult Women - Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

Another’s Country - James Baldwin

Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin

We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Listen and Watch


Strange Fruit, Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and “Black” Gay Life

Hidden Brain

The Lit Review

The Dig

Recorded Events (audio only)

Ear Hustle

On the Count


Tools for Practice

Emotional Labor: What It Is and How To Do It - Miri

Emotional Labor Assessment -  

Stop Being So Defensive! - Harriet Lerner

Relinquishing the Patriarchy - adrienne maree brown

Build Community and Practice

Healing and Accountability for Men (NYC only here)

Challenging Male Supremacy - NYC

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine (monthly group) - Brooklyn Zen Center

Uprooting Patriarchy: Healing and Accountability for Men (Workshops) - uprootingpatriarchy@gmail.com 

Movement, Embodiment, Meditation and Mindfulness

Brooklyn Zen Center - (NYC)

Generative Somatics - (National)  

New York Insight Meditation Center - (NYC)

Yoga to the People - (NYC)

Organizations to Consider Supporting (with your dollars!)

Survived and Punished

S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

Assata’s Daughters 

Black Youth Project 100

Radical Monarchy

The Audre Lorde Project

Harriets Apothecary

Hidden Water


Girls for Gender Equity 

Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective

Brooklyn Zen Center

Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village

Prepared by Cameron Rasmussen with support and accountability from Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆.  Please email me with anything you think should be added: camron916@gmail.com