The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. The response of these young white guys to such confusing conditions, Kimmel asserts, is to withdraw into a place he calls “Guyland.”. GUYLAND: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Michael Kimmel. 2. • Author visits: Kimmel will visit WSU to discuss Guyland October.
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Girls have it hard. Oct 09, lp rated it it was ok. Suffice to say, I worry here that he takes the easy route a lot in this book, even when he claims he’s confronting the hard questions.
I know I am a way, way more critical reader than most folks, and I am probably setting myself up in a poor way karma-wise for when I eventually try to publish my dissertation, but this kind of stuff just kills me. There really isn’t an easy fix.
I guess I’m perilouss too hard on it, though. It is a societal and cultural issue, not just a guy issue. I also just wonder how much of this has changed – namely due to the huge culture change around LGBTQ people.
While I applaud his effort to expand the study of masculinity, I also feel that he often misses some points to give some earth-shattering example, which he then does not fully explicate in terms of intersectionality. Open Preview See a Problem?
It credits feminism for helping men becomee back from their time in a pornified wasteland and offers hope that, as a culture, we can guyand turning things around for young men, beginning as early as middle school.
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
He doesn’t include any quotes from the men he interviewed to support that this is how the women are seen. If most guys know another guy who has assaulted someone else, doesn’t that mathematically imply that many men are indeed predators?
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How can someone with a nine-year-old at the time of writing be that out of touch with kids’ stuff?! I read the whole thing, and it kind of got me thinking.
As for the chapters, the author brings up important topics which are for the most part well organized. Nov 02, Mike rated it liked it Recommends it for: That said the best review I can give is – Well, it explains much. Beccome what is going on with America’s young men? All of the blame comes in the last chapter. Therein lies my primary discontent with Guyland. I know we can be out of touch. The culture of “Guyland” is driven aorld by white, middle class, straight guys.
A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
I understand having extreme points, but me in some middle of the road ones to give your ideas more depth rather than a super generality. Mar 08, Thomas rated it liked it. Nothing was particularly bad about this book, but nothing was extremely impressing either. Guyland is an observation of the “macho” culture that pervades high school and college. Guyland should come wworld a warning for those who have lived — personally or indirectly — through the trauma that can go hand in hand with a violent male culture: The author seems to do this odd tettering between areas I think he is inflating, and areas he claims are inflated that I think further evidence now shows are not namely, the prevalence of sexual assault really is as high as he claims are likely inflated numbers.
Aug 04, Petty Lisbon rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 03, Carolyn Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Throughout the book, Kimmel examines the rites of passage through which guys achieve validation from their peer group. Sports, entertainment, porn, dating- all of these issues are examined for how the masculine facade can turn something as simple as watching the big game into a messy experience.
As a slight sidebar, he mentions the death of the solid working class job in America for causation as well. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood. Beyond the issues arising from the narrow demographic Guyland presents, I This book probably deserves a higher rating than I’m giving meb, but since it fell so short of my expectations I can’t bring myself to rate it wher higher.
While it’s easy to be dismissive of that “I’ve never been at a party where a bunch of bros gang-raped somebody,” I also think it serves as an apt subject matter because frat culture contains the most highly-concentrated “guy”-ness. It does tend to focus mostly on men You know how parents read parenting books? He seemed to put a little too much faith that things can change, but I guess he couldn’t be a complete downer.
You get the gist of Kimmel’s thesis. I think this is more reflective of U. Sadly, a lot of Kimmel’s evidence feels just like this.
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No need to explain why, if baptism was about leaving the world of women and entering the world of men, women also went through baptism? Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, to stay true to themselves, and to travel safely through Guyland, emerging as responsible and fully formed men of integrity and honor. He is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today.
For instance, if you think being a man is just about sleeping around with as many women as possible, you get frustrated after a while because you don’t feel satisfied doing that. There were also some things that I found to be problematic. Guyland is less of a place than an attitude, a realm of existence. He was trying to throw in Christian baptism as another piece of evidence to support his theory about rites of passage across multiple cultures and religions. The aspect of the book that has left me pondering is “when and how did manhood become entirely about having sex with women” as this book seems to suggest.