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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What the Boy Scouts did take from Seton , however , was his critique of urban industrial society . “ Not one boy in a thousand is born bad , ” he wrote . Boys have their badness thrust upon them . They are made bad by evil surroundings ...
26 The real victims in American society were men — so claimed the political organizers who built organizations around men's anxieties and anger at feminism , groups like the Coalition for Free Men , the National Congress for Men , Men's ...
Gilder reserves his fiercest animus for younger men and boys who are , in his eyes , untamed beasts : Every society , each generation , faces an invasion by barbarians . They storm into the streets and schools , businesses and ...
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