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Winter 1981


"Why are you here?" As one of two men among the sixty or so participants and staff at the 1981 GLCA National Summer Institute in Women's Studies, this was the question I feared and knew I had to be able to answer. During the three weeks the Institute lasted I was actually asked it only a few times, but the conscious awareness of its legitimacy was with me every minute. I thought before I went, and believe more firmly now, that a man can be a feminist and even an effective teacher of women's studies. Since this is a claim many find suspect and even self-contradictory, I expected to be challenged more often and more vigorously than I was. In retrospect, I see that I was harder on myself than the others were.



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