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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She " never leaves her domestic sphere , and is in some respects very dependent within it . " 18 A similar paradox could be seen in the relationship between fathers and sons . American democracy dramatically reduced the distance between ...
You were never anything but a hard - working drummer who landed in the ash can like all the rest of them ! 22 And at Willy's funeral Biff's comment provides an epitaph for the new man of the postwar era . “ He never knew who he was .
“ The secret of empowering a man is never to try to change or improve him . " 68 That message has become staple fodder of women's magazines and reaches its apotheosis in The Rules , “ a guide that promises to help women land a husband ...
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