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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Two choices seemed possible : Stay and compete , or try to escape . American men chose both . They struggled to build themselves into powerful , impervious machines , capable of victory in any competition .
The chief problem seemed to be women , both at work and at home , as coworker , as mother , and as symbol . Everywhere men looked , there were women . Work itself was seen as increasingly feminized , with more women employed in ...
Hollywood regaled American moviegoers with a parade of testosterone - infused superheroes like Steven Seagal , Sylvester Stallone , Jean - Claude Van Damme , Bruce Willis , and , of course , Arnold Schwarzenegger , who all seemed to ...
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