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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As one Army general put it , every soldier fears “ losing the one thing he is likely to value more highly than life — his reputation as a man among other men . Our real fear , writes the literary critic David Leverenz , “ is not fear of ...
37 Playing on traditional images of the emasculated southern gentleman and his fears of rapacious blacks and conniving ... The new and powerful fear of the black rapist revealed more about southern white men's fears of lost manhood than ...
His experience is less about virtue than about the fear of shame , humiliation , and disgrace . His initiation involves the substitution of one form of fear — the fear of social humiliation in front of other men — for an earlier ...
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