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Toolkit on Engaging with Men and Boys about Masculine Gender Norms

Authors: Dr Stephen Burrell, Sandy Ruxton and Professor Nicole Westmarland (2020)

This toolkit has been created based on a piece of research for the UK Government Equalities Office, which included a rapid evidence assessment of previous literature, 17 interviews with experts, and a survey of 143 people doing work with men and boys. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in learning more about how to engage effectively with men and boys about issues connected to masculinity and gendered social norms. It is therefore particularly relevant for those who do some form of work with men and boys in a professional or voluntary capacity and are interested in thinking more about why and how to address masculine gender norms as part of that. It could also be utilised by those who are already involved in specialist work with men and boys focusing on gender-related issues, to gain new ideas and help develop their practice further. However, gendered social norms affect all of us and are relevant to all of our lives, so aspects of the toolkit could also be used by the general public more broadly to consider how to engage in critical conversations with men and boys about masculinity.

The recommendations within this toolkit are therefore based on findings which are discussed in the full research report from the project, entitled 'Changing gender norms: Engaging with men and boys' (PDF).

There are eight sections to the toolkit, which you can navigate online using the links below or download as a PDF.

The researchers involved in this project have subsequently created a website to provide a hub for all of our work in this area, as well as links to other relevant resources, called Men, Masculinities and Social Change. This includes a monthly podcast series called Now and Men.

Why engage with men and boys about gender norms?

Dr Stephen Burrell Lisa Charlotte Davis Prof Simon Forrest
Dr Finn Mackay Ippo Panteloudakis Sandy Ruxton
  Prof Nicole Westmarland