Changing Roles of Fathers in Turkey: Example of (Pro)Feminist Fatherhood
We have interviewed 20 fathers who live in different regions of Turkey. Some of these fathers identify themselves as (pro)feminist and others are supporters of the women’s movement and a part of child rearing but they don’t prefer using the word “(pro)feminist” because of political concerns. We will discuss three main points in the light of in-debt interviews: (1) What is the role of being (pro)feminist or supporter of gender equality on masculinity construction, (2) how these men construct their roles of fatherhood in familial relations, and (3) how they play a role on their children’s behaviours. With this way, “being a (pro)feminist man” and “new fatherhood” will be discussed in the context of Turkey.