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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Marriage changed all that— " the independence of woman is irrecoverably lost in the bonds of matrimony : if an unmarried woman is less constrained [ in America ] than elsewhere , a wife is subjected to stricter obligations .
61 There's the lesser hero , a slightly younger and less vigorous boy who becomes our hero's apprentice ; the snob , the son of a gentleman , who is " lazy , ignorant , arrogant , and unwilling to work because he considers it beneath ...
She painted a far less rosy portrait than Parsons did , given his expectation that a return to the nuclear family could ameliorate American men's restlessness . Nor did Mead buy Wylie's contention that the destruction of mother spelled ...
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