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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When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror , what do you see ? " she asked . “ I see a woman , ” replied the white woman . " That's precisely the problem , " responded the black woman . “ I see a black woman .
Harrison Pope and his colleagues call it the “ Adonis Complex " : the belief that men must look like Greek gods , with perfect chins , thick hair , rippling muscles , and washboard abdominals . " As an example , in 1999 , he took G. I. ...
Boys look to their fathers , public figures , athletes , and other mediacreated heroes , and they evaluate -- constantly , relentlessly — each other's performance . Anyone who doubts one of this book's central arguments — that the ...
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