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Manhood in America by Michael S. Kimmel
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Aug 16, 08

bookshelves: academic, gender, cultural-studies, non-fiction
Read in January, 2007

Pour me a glass of haterade. I mean, it's interesting, and MK does a decent job, but it's frustrating. I feel like all of it I just want to be like, you know what? Boo-effing-hoo! Men in America (particularly UMC white men) don't have it that bad! They don't have it bad at all! Cry me an effing river. If I have to hear one more time how like, standards of beauty are so hard for men to live up to, I'm going to crucify myself on a Bowflex. Then why is like every sitcom ever premised on some fat-ass lout comedian who has a fit-n-trim wife? It's like, fine, I'm sure some things are "tough" or whatever, but it's really hard to be sympathetic when it's 2007 and statistically I'm only earning 76 cents to your dollar.

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Zachariah What a horrible review. The book is primarily a history book, a balanced, scholarly look at the history of masculinity in America; it in no way downplays the plight of women--that's just not the focus of the book. It is clear throughout the book that Kimmel is very sympathetic to women (and other minorities who are equally important!). Your response seems to be written from a rather myopic feminist position that doesn't appreciate that masculine studies is also valuable to feminism.

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