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Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
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Jan 16, 2011

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Read from January 16 to 20, 2011

I agree with what others have said about Vincent's book being an exercise in vanity that focuses on a limited number of situations and stereotypes. I felt uncomfortable that she "outed herself" so often during her year and a half living as a man; that smacks of vanity, but also seems unfair to the men she deceived. At the same time, she did make that disclaimer up front, and I appreciate that. She also wrote about realizing how hurtful and embarrassing that must have been for others, in the end. This helps make her book an honest reflection. I think that, limited though her experiment was, it went further to understand the male psyche than I, personally, have ever gone, and I found it useful to read about her insights. She's challenged some of my assumptions about masculinity, and I'm glad for it.

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