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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Todd claimed that masturbation enfeebled the mind , debased and polluted the heart and feelings ; the so - called " solitary vice " was , as he saw it , “ almost inseparable from the habit of revery " —the province of the idle .
A Philadelphia minister claimed : this war promises to arrest in a measure the extravagance and parade , the epicurianism and effeminacy into which we are fast running . It puts our young men upon a training which will nourish their ...
26 The real victims in American society were men — so claimed the political organizers who built organizations around men's anxieties and anger at feminism , groups like the Coalition for Free Men , the National Congress for Men , Men's ...
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