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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Whether painting the hurly - burly of the city streets or the rugged coast of Maine , Bellows's energetic style and rough - hewn subject matter brought appreciation from male viewers who felt excluded by dandified aesthetes .
Patricia Cayo Sexton , The Feminized Male : Classrooms , White Collars and the Decline of Manliness ( New York : Random House , 1969 ) , pp . 4 , 12 , 39. See also Patricia Cayo Sexton , “ How the American boy Is Feminized ...
Robert Brannon , " The Male Sex Role — and What It's Done for Us Lately , " in The Forty - Nine Percent Majority , p . 5 . 48. Myron Brenton , The American Male , pp . 14 , 15 ; Jack Nichols , Men's Liberation , p .
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