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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When we first meet Maria Van Rough in the play's opening scene , she is disconsolate , extolling the manly virtues that her fiancÚ , Dimple , lacks : The manly virtue of courage , that fortitude which steels the heart against the ...
Murtaugh and Riggs are the only ones who seem to play against type , as Danny Glover plays a stable sober policeman , a mature and responsible black family man , in contrast to Mel Gibson's Riggs , who plays the masculine primitive in ...
Boys ' and girls ' spheres of play were , for the first time , completely separated . Fathers sought father - son togetherness and feared a young boy's identification with his mother and sissification by playing with his sisters .
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