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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Macready was pompous , elegant , and extraordinarily gifted ; an " actor autocrat , ” according to one critic . Forrest was a man of the people , “ born in humble life , ” who “ worked his way up from poverty and obscurity .
Socialist critic Michael Gold , for example , called writers like Thornton Wilder a “ typical American art pansy " who wrote “ Chambermaid literature ” with a “ homosexual bouquet . ” “ Send us a giant who can shame our writers back to ...
... his immediate family , and from everything that tied him down and limited his freedom of movement , ” writes cultural critic Christopher Lasch , The True and Only Heaven : Progress and its Critics ( New York : Norton , 1991 ) , p .
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