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 ...
On the occasion of the dedication of the Apprentice's Library in 1820 , Thomas Mercein said that “ [ e ] very man looks with independent equality in the face of his neighbor ; those are exalted whose superior virtues entitle them to ...
—without any compromise of his manly and moral virtues . ... hard work , and virtue earn him the respect of older men , who actually become his benefactors when Hunter rescues them from swindlers or their daughters from distress .
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