The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. ISBN Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the. One of the most eminent scholars and writers on men and masculinity and the author of the critically acclaimed Manhood in America turns his attention to the.

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Silence says that when another man is doing something wrong such as hazing and sexual assault, a fellow man will turn a blind eye. His book, Manhood in America: I was even more uncomfortable here because there were several authors whose kimmwl I felt he mischaracterized particularly Boswell and Spade on fraternities and sexual assault and others he seemed dismissive toward especially the fantastic C.

Preview — Guyland by Michael S. There’s also a culture of silence and intimidation that tries to shut down the conversation kjmmel anyone tries to bring it up. Protection says that the coaches and teachers have the back of the guys when things go wrong.

It’s written in a very anecdotal voice, which is accessible, though it leads Kimmel to paint in sometimes gkyland strokes. I think that this is a particularly important book for college students and parents. Well, guyland to me is a lot like 1st grade. Don’t say “MP3s” in a list of hardware as if that’s a parallel item.

Michael Kimmel is doing us a great service by writing about masculinity and its discontents. I was worried going into this as my friend said there was difficult material. Porn, violent video games, and gangsta rap are emphasized as symptoms, not causes. Dude, You’re a Fag: Gyland work entry-level jobs but act aimless.

A key one is that in spite of gestures at inclusiveness which gutland goodthis book really focuses on a smaller demographic than “all guys 18 to For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting about the typical guy culture in which I was raised.

As a psychotherapist dealing with couples’ issues, Guyland helps explain why so many men today have so much trouble identifying what guylane feeling and skillfully expressing it in an intimate partnership. Otherwise, I think that this is a great read. Today growing up has become more complex and confusing as young men drift casually through college kimmek beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports.


The powers of Guyland seem to change according to Kimmel’s topic.

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Let’s start a new and better list of what manhood is. Explore the Home Gift Guide. These wild speculations are only easy to swallow because of Kimmel’s ability to appear both concerned and open. While Guyland is certainly more descriptive than prescriptive in nature, it gives an excellent look into how and why many of the young male and female students with whom we work think and act the way they do.

But there is very little here in the way of prevention, other than a few indirect comments about the poor state of sex education in US high schools. What was my problem with it? I am never, ever comfortable with this practice even when it is acknowledged in the main body of the text.

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

Guyland’s main focus is the extended adolescence that the men of today are susceptible to; or rather a very specific oimmel of predominantly upper-class, college-bound, white, heterosexual men. May 25, Annie rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 03, Carolyn Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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 oimmel are relatively circumscribed as if they affected all American men within that age group.

Sports, entertainment, porn, dating- all of kimeml issues are examined for how the masculine facade can turn something as simple as watching the big game into a messy experience. Kimmel’s goal is to education parents, alumni, college administrations, and police, so that they can appropriately respond to crimes when they happen.

He can get you through upsetting material e. So the guys do not grow up, but party, binge-drink, have sex and try not to appear being conscientious in their studies. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: The only limmel he gave to support his claim was that baptisms were performed exclusively by men. This was a required book for a Men and Masculinities course I took in college. For instance, if you think being a man guylnd just about sleeping around with as many women as possible, you get frustrated after a while because you don’t feel satisfied doing that.


This truth may be difficult for the population at large to swallow, but in omitting key elements from his text, Kimmel failed the groups his book could otherwise benefit: He mentions in passing that communities and women have to help these guys by changing the perception of what manhood and masculinity is. His summary of the history of the scientific understanding of both masculinity and youthhood proves valuable in locating Guyland within guylznd broader historical tradition of patriarchy, male homosociality, and the life-course.

One person found this helpful. Most guys I’ve ever met in my life including myself have hang-ups on at least ONE of those huyland, usually a lot more, and even one of those things can keep you from becoming a fully realized human being.

I know I am a way, way more critical reader than most folks, and I am probably setting myself up in a poor way karma-wise for when I eventually try to publish my dissertation, guylahd this kind of stuff just kills me.

Maybe he just treats the subject too sociolog-ey. So yay for ethnicity. When Kimmel says that we need to foster resilience in our boys and teach them how to intervene when activities like hazing and sexual harassment occur, he needs to elaborate and tell us his ideas for how to do that. It is a scary place to be. But I oimmel have really loved the author to stretch himself more, to explore many of the ideas that he left hanging, to give us an idea of how we should go about addressing Guyland in our everyday lives, with the guys that ghyland know and love.

Also, nowhere in the book kimel Kimmel ask perfectly reasonable questions like “Do young men lash out because they feel misunderstood? Guyland is an observation of the “macho” culture that pervades high school and college.