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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“ Woman alone seems to have ' gender ' since the category itself is defined as that aspect of social relations based on difference between the sexes in which the standard has always been man , " writes the historian Thomas Lacquer .
Our real fear , writes the literary critic David Leverenz , “ is not fear of women but of being ashamed or humiliated in front of other men , or being dominated by stronger men . Masculinity defined through homosocial interaction ...
At the turn of the twentieth century , he writes : 46 an extensive gay world took shape in the streets , cafeterias , saloons , and apartments of New York , and gay men played an integral role in the social life of certain neighborhoods ...
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