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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... of organizations that together provided a kind of masculinist alternative to the female - controlled home and church , places where men could experience the succor of domestic life and Christian fellowship and still feel like men .
“ The machines make me feel too small . They are too complex and beautiful for me . My manhood cannot stand up against them yet . They do things too well . They do too much . ” As a result , Anderson wrote , in words reminiscent of ...
... of their success voyage , living in a nightmarish world of not knowing whom to trust , unable to find satisfaction in intimate contact , unaware of what they want and feel , and rigidly resistant to opening up in order to find out .
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