This article considers the role of men in a form of feminist expression promoted in women's magazines and novels during the Belle Epoque. “Belle Epoque literary feminism,“ as I have termed it, was characterized by a desire to reconcile gender equality with traditional gender roles, outside of political channels; it was also, I argue, defined by male participation. Focusing on a widespread effort to modernize marriage, the article examines both men and women's discussions of marital equality in the influential women's magazines Femina and La Vie Heureuse; it then considers the role assigned to men in realizing feminist marriage in two popular women's novels, Marcelle Tinayre's La Rebelle and Louise Marie Compain's L'Un vers l'autre.
Rachel Mesch 23 qui prouve comment les magazines féminins comme La Vie Heureuse ou Femina ont inventé la femme moderne. La perspective de Marie-Ève Thérenty dans ce volume est légèrement différente. Elle montre, à partir d’un épisode méconnu de l
life and in debates over women's nature and social position. Similarly, Rachel Mesch analyzes two exemplars of the feminine press, La Vie Heureuse and Femina , as imagining gender equality in a nonthreatening, pleasurable mode in contrast to feminism