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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Fitness regimens , steroid scandals , and the emergence of a virtual pharmacy of potions and elixirs ministering to men's physical and sexual problems and insecurities offer ample evidence that the drive for self - control as a quest ...
One could replace the inner experience of manhood — a sense of manly confidence radiating outward from the virtuous self into a sturdy and muscular frame that had taken shape from years of hard physical labor - and transform it into a ...
A one contemporary observer claimed : Gymnasiums , athletic clubs , outdoor sports , and methods of exercise and other artificial means of contributing to and continuing the physical vigor and virility of the race take the place of the ...
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