Manhood in America: A Cultural History
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 322 pages
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhood in America, Second Edition, author Michael S. Kimmel--a leading authority in gender studies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover their
own evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he demonstrates that American men have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantly changing standards. Kimmel contends that men must
follow the lead of the women's movement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worst excesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal.
Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America features updated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the Bush administration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to current events, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics,
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"I want something more than my husband and my children and my home" was the answer Friedan exclaimed we could no longer ignore.3 The civil rights movement challenged the exclusion of black people from full citizenship and, thus, ...
The civil rights movement challenged the exclusion of black people from full citizenship and , thus , the exclusion of black men from claiming their stake in American manhood . Gender images saturated militant black rhetoric , equating ...
Men were besieged at home ; the social movements of those two decades — the women's movement , the civil rights movement , and the gay liberation movement — all offered scathing critiques of traditional masculinity and demanded ...
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