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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I argue that the quest for manhood — the effort to achieve , to demonstrate , to prove our masculinity — has been one of the formative and persistent experiences in men's lives . That we remain unaware of the centrality of gender in our ...
But the Civil War was also a gendered war in which the meanings of manhood were bitterly contested . All wars , of course , are meditations on masculinity . And the Civil War was no different . Take , for example , the metaphors we use ...
In their long hair and flowing, feminine clothes, hippies rejected the corporate clone as a model for manhood. "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" was the title of one popular song and the plaint of many a suburban parent.4 Even our ...
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