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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Feminism wasn't threat ; it was an exciting challenge . ... League for Woman Suffrage , was ( in his early years ) an exemplary figure , organizing other men around feminist issues and struggling toward equality in his personal life .
Eastman claimed a similar motive for supporting feminism and was equally certain that feminism held an important message ... Eastman recounted a brief ( and possibly apocryphal ) exchange with a new stenographer : “ Are you a feminist ?
For while feminism actually gave women more freedom than men enjoyed , men were still responsible for initiating sexual ... Feminist women were “ would be castrators with a knee - jerk , obsessive aversion to anything male , " wrote ...
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