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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Freud was a fierce opponent of sexual puritanism and the ideology of the spermatic economy . To Freud the sexual instinct was just that , an instinct , inherited and normal . In “ Sexual Morality and Modern Nervousness " ( 1908 ) ...
For many men , women's liberation meant increased anxiety , particularly sexual anxiety . After all , if women could now be more fully sexual , then men might fear sexual activity as a constant test , a “ trial of manliness ” that would ...
Ministering to men's sexual anxieties also took on new meanings since 1998 , when Viagra hit the market . ... but is designed to work only when there is adequate sexual desire , that is , when the men want to have sex and are aroused .
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