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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For example , opposing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 , Ohio Congressman Samuel Sullivan Cox argued : Our statistician boasts that Ohio has men of greater height ... than England , Belgium or Scotland , and in breadth of chest ...
38 Social Darwinists also lent new force to biological arguments about the differences between women and men . ... Women should not be deprived of the vote , opponents argued , as much as exempted from it .
Like their early - twentieth - century forbears , masculinists argued that men were listless , lifeless , enervated , feminized . Psychologically , they claimed that this was because men were not adequately separated from their mothers ...
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