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“For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women T “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, surprisingly, to men as well. It details how very achievable changes in our workplaces, in the ways we raise boys to be men, and in the movement to end men’s violence will bring significant rewards to communities all around the world. Michael Kaufman is the cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign—the largest international network of men working to end violence against women—and for decades has been an advisor on gender equality to the United Nations, governments, NGOs, schools, and workplaces around the world. With honest storytelling, compassion, and hard-hitting analysis, The Time Has Come is a compelling look at why men must take a stand in the fight for general equality.


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“For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women T “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, surprisingly, to men as well. It details how very achievable changes in our workplaces, in the ways we raise boys to be men, and in the movement to end men’s violence will bring significant rewards to communities all around the world. Michael Kaufman is the cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign—the largest international network of men working to end violence against women—and for decades has been an advisor on gender equality to the United Nations, governments, NGOs, schools, and workplaces around the world. With honest storytelling, compassion, and hard-hitting analysis, The Time Has Come is a compelling look at why men must take a stand in the fight for general equality.

30 review for The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Thanks to goodreads and the publisher for the free book. While I agree with the sentiment of this book, it just bored me. It kind of read like your HR representative coming to give everyone a special training session on sensitivity. I will say that the backlash against this kind of book and feminism in general is getting pretty ridiculous. I mean he's pretty much saying don't be a creeper at work, don't beat women up, don't show the ladies porn unless they're into it, don't be rapey (and he didn Thanks to goodreads and the publisher for the free book. While I agree with the sentiment of this book, it just bored me. It kind of read like your HR representative coming to give everyone a special training session on sensitivity. I will say that the backlash against this kind of book and feminism in general is getting pretty ridiculous. I mean he's pretty much saying don't be a creeper at work, don't beat women up, don't show the ladies porn unless they're into it, don't be rapey (and he didn't call any non-rapists rapists), etc... And the kicker, he emphasized the same thing the men's rights groups do, fatherhood. We dads need to step up and spend more time with the kids and lighten the mom's burden, and statistics say we have been doing so in comparison to previous generations. So, yeah, I'm totally down with the females. I won't even tell my daughter to submit to a man who will preside over her in righteousness (in fact I'll tell her to run from a guy so insecure he can't handle an equal) which is pretty radical in my neck of the woods. But I don't wanna hear about meetings with Justin Trudeau nor do I think he'll convince anyone other than the converted by continuing to use the word "toxic" in this context. Also, please don't use the word "war" unless there are bombs falling and people getting shot. It's kind of killing the meaning of the word. So, Kaufman can Count Me In as a feminist dude, but I was just bored by the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barred Owl Books

    “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, su “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, surprisingly, to men as well. It details how very achievable changes in our workplaces, in the ways we raise boys to be men, and in the movement to end men’s violence will bring significant rewards to communities all around the world. Michael Kaufman is the cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign—the largest international network of men working to end violence against women—and for decades has been an advisor on gender equality to the United Nations, governments, NGOs, schools, and workplaces around the world. With honest storytelling, compassion, and hard-hitting analysis, The Time Has Come is a compelling look at why men must take a stand in the fight for general equality.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barred Owl Books

    “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, su “For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course, it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all.” —Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, surprisingly, to men as well. It details how very achievable changes in our workplaces, in the ways we raise boys to be men, and in the movement to end men’s violence will bring significant rewards to communities all around the world. Michael Kaufman is the cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign—the largest international network of men working to end violence against women—and for decades has been an advisor on gender equality to the United Nations, governments, NGOs, schools, and workplaces around the world. With honest storytelling, compassion, and hard-hitting analysis, The Time Has Come is a compelling look at why men must take a stand in the fight for general equality.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    Read for class. Such a great book!! Although, Kaufman is a little repetitive, and his argument about climate change at the end feels a little forced (it probably should've been weaved in earlier), it was readable, convincing and extremely rational. I feel that this is the sort of book you could gift brothers or fathers and have them transformed as self-identified feminists. Kaufman gives clear facts and lines of logic for why women, the economy, and men themselves would all benefit from gender eq Read for class. Such a great book!! Although, Kaufman is a little repetitive, and his argument about climate change at the end feels a little forced (it probably should've been weaved in earlier), it was readable, convincing and extremely rational. I feel that this is the sort of book you could gift brothers or fathers and have them transformed as self-identified feminists. Kaufman gives clear facts and lines of logic for why women, the economy, and men themselves would all benefit from gender equality. He never makes anyone feel at fault, but instead offers solutions and encouragement. Would recommend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I’m giving this 5 stars simply because I’m glad it exists- it’s the only book I could find about feminism written by a man (when you search for that most are anti-feminism books). It was extremely surface level and it makes me sad that for men to care about other’s suffering you need to emphasize what’s in it for them, but if this is the book that gets at least one man to care then It’s done the job. Also to be fair, he does touch on why many men develop less empathy and that it can be grown ove I’m giving this 5 stars simply because I’m glad it exists- it’s the only book I could find about feminism written by a man (when you search for that most are anti-feminism books). It was extremely surface level and it makes me sad that for men to care about other’s suffering you need to emphasize what’s in it for them, but if this is the book that gets at least one man to care then It’s done the job. Also to be fair, he does touch on why many men develop less empathy and that it can be grown over time. So there’s definitely a hopeful aspect.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Tassé

    The author's main points were interesting and he summarized well many important factors women face at work and in their lives. He provided good examples but could've elaborated more and provided more depth on these subjects. The book was geared mostly around women in the workplace, there could've been more information on other aspects of women's lives. I've read many books on this topic and overall it was a good summary. The author's main points were interesting and he summarized well many important factors women face at work and in their lives. He provided good examples but could've elaborated more and provided more depth on these subjects. The book was geared mostly around women in the workplace, there could've been more information on other aspects of women's lives. I've read many books on this topic and overall it was a good summary.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C.A. Craven

    (I won an ARC of this book in a GoodReads giveaway) It's good to hear that men are worried and serious about women's issues. The author is an academic who (along with colleagues) has studied how violence against women affects men as well as women, and he offers easy-to-understand situations and solutions. His writing style is conversational, so the information doesn't feel teach-y or preach-y. (I won an ARC of this book in a GoodReads giveaway) It's good to hear that men are worried and serious about women's issues. The author is an academic who (along with colleagues) has studied how violence against women affects men as well as women, and he offers easy-to-understand situations and solutions. His writing style is conversational, so the information doesn't feel teach-y or preach-y.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ansh Kapoor

    The books highlights on key points regarding feminist issues and why men need to join the gender equality revolution and try to end patriarchy. This will benefit not just women but men too because of the unrealistic standards of manhood created by patriarchal societies.Overall it was a good book and worth reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kopesh

    #shestillwontfuckyou This was a huge cringe fest. As a romanian male reading this book, I cannot believe this vomit passes as legitimate literature in your countries. Holy crap rollo tomassi in the rational male was right. There really is a war against men. To feminise men...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leonard

    A solid sensible argument for men supporting the gender equality movement. Quick reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hines

    Last two chapters had some good ideas for getting ppl on board with social movements.

  12. 5 out of 5

    EmpowerPuffGurl

    What I loved about ”The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution” by Michael Kaufman:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 1) First of all, if you were a gender studies major like me, I’m 100% sure you’ve cited Kaufman in at least 1 paper. His work is essential reading for anyone learning about how the patriarchy effects men.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 2) In each chapter Kaufman outlines tangible actions men can start doing today in order to begin working toward gender equality. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 3) This book was a quick and simple argument What I loved about ”The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution” by Michael Kaufman:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 1) First of all, if you were a gender studies major like me, I’m 100% sure you’ve cited Kaufman in at least 1 paper. His work is essential reading for anyone learning about how the patriarchy effects men.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 2) In each chapter Kaufman outlines tangible actions men can start doing today in order to begin working toward gender equality. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 3) This book was a quick and simple argument for why men should be joining the movement! Would recommend as a starting point for any man wanting to learn more about the confines of the patriarchy.⁣

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I really liked this book, For someone who reads a lot of feminist content it isn't really very new. But I did find it to be a really good summary. I found the entire section on parenting and fatherhood to be the most insightful, thats probably where I learned the most. I really liked the overall tone of the book, It's neither defensive, or overly apologetic.It knows the type of men reading this book are already going to be well intentioned, considerate people. And it speaks to that. It doesn't b I really liked this book, For someone who reads a lot of feminist content it isn't really very new. But I did find it to be a really good summary. I found the entire section on parenting and fatherhood to be the most insightful, thats probably where I learned the most. I really liked the overall tone of the book, It's neither defensive, or overly apologetic.It knows the type of men reading this book are already going to be well intentioned, considerate people. And it speaks to that. It doesn't berate men, and I think thats what some men might worry is going t happen in a book on this topic. It also manages to avoid being condescending to women, he acknowledges that women know more about their personal experiences, and that feminist activists have been working on this for years. I would love to see more reviews from men to see what they think.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sayo

    My favorite quote from Hilary Rodham Clintons book "What happened" is "when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. " And I was reminded of the sentiment as I read this book. While Kaufman pays special attention to the lowered status of women in today's society, he also makes a point of discussing the burdens placed on men. This social stigma of The doppey husband, the absent father, and possibly the most prevalent the macho man who keeps his emotions at bay. My favorite quote from Hilary Rodham Clintons book "What happened" is "when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. " And I was reminded of the sentiment as I read this book. While Kaufman pays special attention to the lowered status of women in today's society, he also makes a point of discussing the burdens placed on men. This social stigma of The doppey husband, the absent father, and possibly the most prevalent the macho man who keeps his emotions at bay. The Gender revolution is not a female specific problem and we all need to play our part in making a difference. This book was an informative and enjoyable read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gail Benick

    Kaufman's book is essential reading for the 21st century. The Time Has Come makes a compelling argument for why men must play a key role in supporting gender equality. Kaufman provides practical strategies to engage boys and men in the revolution for gender justice and ending violence against women. Above all, he urges men to listen to the voices of women and support women’s leadership. Every household should own a copy of this book. Kaufman's book is essential reading for the 21st century. The Time Has Come makes a compelling argument for why men must play a key role in supporting gender equality. Kaufman provides practical strategies to engage boys and men in the revolution for gender justice and ending violence against women. Above all, he urges men to listen to the voices of women and support women’s leadership. Every household should own a copy of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Several points were made, but I found the writing style unbearable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Liz Townsend

    I received this free ARC from a Goodreads give away. This book was excellent, well researched, and with enough anecdotal evidence to keep it tangible. A relatively quick read with a strong message!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Barbeiro

  19. 4 out of 5

    Counterpoint Press

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Devin Graves

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Platas Cantu

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Corvo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thiks

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kenza

  28. 4 out of 5

    Be Heros

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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