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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Boys ' and girls ' spheres of play were , for the first time , completely separated . Fathers sought father - son togetherness and feared a young boy's identification with his mother and sissification by playing with his sisters .
10 For boys growing older , advice books returned to the same advice as that given earlier in the century , counseling parents to maintain the separation of spheres for boys and girls . Boys were to avoid dancing , sleeping on feather ...
To take a high spirited second or third grade boy and expect him to behave like a girl in school is asking too much ... While we've been paying all this attention to girls ' experiences - raising their self - esteem , enabling them to ...
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