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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Yet such works do not explore how the experience of being a man , of manhood , structured the lives of the men who are their subjects , the organizations and institutions they created and staffed , the events in which they participated ...
43 Fraternal orders attempted to create a domestic sanctuary outside the home - a place where men might experience fellowship and intimacy without the feminizing influence of women . The fraternal order was the motherless , wifeless ...
... was masterful in providing role reversals that revealed to men what had been women's experience as sex objects . ... contests to give men a sense of how traditional masculinity was experienced by those against whom it was deployed .
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