Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (ISBN -9) is a book by Michael Kimmel, published in The book covers the. The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the prevailing social.

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Unfortunately, most of those insights last all guylwnd a paragraph, and then we’re back with the meat of the book, which I would describe most uncharitably as: Sociologist and gender studies authority Michael Kimmel has identified this territory as “Guyland,” a place that is both a stage of life and a new social arena. Well, guyland to me is a lot like 1st grade.

The fifth volume of MSR is now available here. A hasty example slapped on to an over-broad theory.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael S. Kimmel

If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? Another big problem for me: Feeling loved and supported, nurtured and safe, is far more critical than the ‘package’ it comes in. The critique of Guyland includes a laundry list of offensive behaviors and attitudes. Apr 23, Amy rated it liked it Recommended to Amy by: A key one is that in spite of gestures at inclusiveness which were goodthis book really focuses on a smaller demographic than “all guys 18 to His knack for historical and qualitative sociological research is reflected in the sophistication with which he ties hegemonic masculinity to education, youthhood, psychology, and popular culture.


Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

Not all school books are boring and dry, for sure. Aug 07, Amelia rated it really liked it. Predatory Sex and Party Rape. Guys have it hard.

But seriously, sentences like this: Mar 08, Thomas rated it liked it. 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. Were the women also leaving the world of women? 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.

Black and Hispanic boys play video games as well. Mar 19, A. It inspired me to pick up a lot of the books which Kimmel referenced in here. Jul 17, Diana rated it did not like it. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting,” “superb Those of you with sons might be able to relate to a lot of what Kimmel writes. Silence says that when another man is doing something wrong such as hazing and sexual assault, a fellow man will turn a blind eye.

In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America’s sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. They hook up with women, but rarely form meaningful relationships.

Let’s start a new and better list of what manhood is. Even though — like I said — Kimmel discusses places where race, ethnicity, and class come into the picture though mostly the first of thosehe doesn’t do it enough, and he easily lapses into describing phenomena that are relatively circumscribed as if they affected all American men within that age group. That alone made the book a frequently horrifying and thoroughly depressing read.


Dec 01, Daniel rated it it was amazing. He can get you through upsetting material e. All the rituals happen to promote a form of sexist twisted brotherhood where men were initiated through suffering and humiliation. Kimmel makes it sound like these misguided youth generate spontaneously from passive factors like “the economy” and “peers” and “macho” but this just makes the book all the more depressing.

Or is he basing this off his interviewees who somehow all know the same handful of predators?

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.

Want to Read saving…. Like I said, the issues are important. Also, I gave this a neutral star rating because I did skip chapters bpok, and 6.

Nov 21, Chris rated it did not like it. There really isn’t an easy fix. It is a scary place to be. While all this is true about much of the men in those age groups. He was one of the first males to attend and graduate from Vassar.

The trend of young people graduating from college and then choosing or being forced to return to live with their parents is hardly a male-specific issue.

Given that, it could not be more crucial that we understand that culture. Not because I wholeheartedly disagreed with what these guys were saying, or because I was unsure of where the author was going with the quotes validation?