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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Self - making required self - control , and self - control required emotional control . So , for example , emotional outbursts of passion or jealousy , which had been associated with manhood in the eighteenth century , were now ...
War shock , difficulty reintegrating , unexplained lethargy , emotional mood swings , and nightmares were common . After the war , psychiatrists probed past the military veneer to reveal a trembling terror underneath the soldier's ...
Men had thus abandoned precisely those emotional skills that were most needed if women were to achieve equality : nurture , sensitivity , emotional responsiveness . But if mothers embodied responsibility , care , and nurture , why did ...
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