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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37 The National Trades Union elaborated an artisanal version of separate spheres when it took up the question of female labor in the mid - 1830s . Women , they argued , were incapable of pressing the demands of unionized labor .
Equal wages were “ the only means of curtailing or arresting the evil " of female labor in the first place - curious and circuitous logic to reach a position of support for women's rights . Most men followed a less circuitous route to ...
Male reproductive success comes from impregnating as many females as possible ; females ' success comes from enticing ... If I were a female at the mythic Darwinian moment of origin , Hrdy suggests , and if I knew that I had to invest a ...
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