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The Perils of Masculinity: An Analysis of Male Sexual Anxiety, Sexual Addiction, and Relational Abuse
In this book, Andreas G. Philaretou uses autobiographical reflection to investigate the negative impact of traditional masculine gender socialization on men's lives. In particular, Philaretou examines personal recollective accounts from early childhood socialization, and experiences with a number of traumatic episodes that unfolded during his intimate heterosexual and ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by Upa
(first published 2004)
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I'm only adding this book because I want credit for skimming it. The author makes a useful argument for my research into masculinity and sexual addiction. (He says that sexual addiction is the result of male sexual anxiety, which is the result of trying to live up to impossible masculine ideals, particularly for men who are either over or under masculinized). Whew. (I am planning to argue this argument's dopplegonger: that the behaviors we now class as "sexual addiction" are residues of the sort ...more
Very repetitive. He had several good arguments, but they were outed in the beginning of the book and the rest of it seemed to be saying the same things over again. I also didn't like the causal language he used in the processes he described. Maybe he explained it in his long sections justifying autobiographical research, but I skimmed those sections because they didn't seem relevant to the information I wanted from the book.