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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Male domination and monogamy were not some divinely sanctioned moral law , Ward reasoned , but simply a temporary stage of evolution — a stage out of which we were , fortunately , beginning to pass.83 Ward also argued that the state ...
The fleet , former right fielder for the Chicago and , later , Pittsburgh baseball teams left his lucrative athletic career for the ministry , not because baseball was immoral but because it was amoral — because “ morality was not an ...
He believes his self - creation can transcend moral limits , turning him into an object of pity rather than veneration . What Kane ( Welles ) discovers is that even the creation of vast empires of wealth and power cannot compensate for ...
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