Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through college and beyondâ”hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signpost...more
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These 18-25-year-old guys tend to be overeducated but underemployed, with a sense of entitlement that does not align with the privilege that they don’t receive. “Hooking up” with girls is just another sp ...more
Unfortunately, I did not connect to the text as I thought, as being gay, this was a world I did not live in, and being a feminist already, many of the arguments were ones I'd read elsewhere, for a different audience, and with different intents.
The style with which Kimmel writes about ...more
I was worried going into this as my friend said there was difficult material. That is an understatement.
At the beginning of reading I did not hold high hopes as the author seemed to be focusing on how hard "guys" lives are and seemed to be blaming it on their fathers. It's currently 2015 and the economic situation is crappy for everyone, including young people ...more
To say that there are men today in their twenties and thirties who refuse to grow up is indeed an understatement. But then again, you might not see it as such depend ...more
For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting a ...more
Kimmel's writing is not overly dense, but he definitely still sounds intelligent and this book is still very well researched on the whole. It's hard to write a review of this book, because it's a book one ...more
That said the best review I can give is - Well, it explains much. I will also point out that this review says it best.
Feeling overwhelmed by the hard times and the massive duties that would follow from shifting gea ...more
The book is based on hundreds of interviews, but it reads more journalistic. For instance, it sometimes appears to ...more
- This book was published in 2008 and some of the research used (interviews with students etc) is from 2005. So take some of the stats with a grain of salt.
- This book's focus is on the performance of masculinity that is typically performed by young white middle-class American men.
The author does not state anywhere that there are not masculini ...more
There were also some things that I found to be problematic. For example, Kimmel asserts that all girls' hazing serves to uphold the male hierarchy, with the implication that it all involves such things as performing mock fellatio on a boy while ignoring the fact that girls have their own separate Girlland as much as guys hav ...more
On the one hand, Michael Kimmel takes on some questions that need be answered. Why are young men waiting longer to settle down, get married, and become responsible adults? How do we explain and understand the culture of "hooking up" that has transplanted dating in college-aged youth? What can we do to help boys make the transition to manhood in a culture that offers few positive definitions of what this transition even means? Kimmel del ...more
Some surprises do emerge from this focus on white, middle class college fraternity males. First was the extent of their susceptibility to conformity and groupthink, and second, the depth of out-and-out rage inculcated ...more
Guyland's main focus is the extended adolescence that the men of today are susceptible to; or rather a very specific subset of predominantly upper-class, college-bound, white, heterosexual men. Beyond the issues arising from the narrow demographic Guyland presents, I ...more
Whenever there's a book trying to deal with a certain group of people, I get a little concerned about stereotyping. This book is about a certain kind of guy -- white, American, heterosexual, middle ...more
His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 19 ...more