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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[ M ] ilitancy about women's rights is often a way of defensively avoiding recognition of one's own responsibility for helping to create the problem . " 26 The real victims in American society were men — so claimed the political ...
But if mothers embodied responsibility , care , and nurture , why did men's movement leaders counsel that we should reject ... Such reconnection was also about responsibility , at work and at home , such responsibilities as nurturance ...
Responsibility is more than a lifestyle option , but we need more than just responsibility ; we need responsibility without entitlement . Responsibility is both a red and a blue state value ; it's one of the moral unifiers in our ...
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