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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The fifth kimmsl of MSR is now available here. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Or is he basing this off his interviewees who somehow all know the same handful of predators?

Michael Kimmel is doing us a great service by writing about masculinity and its discontents. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 18, Tiny Pants rated it it was ok Shelves: Not all school books are boring and dry, for sure.

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

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The book shows no evidence that the examples of corrupted masculinity cited therein are anything more than picked cherries designed to sell broader speculations. But I would 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 we know and love.

Men today in the aforementioned age cohort are more likely to either: Gender studies are a huge part of my life, but I do not limit myself to the interpretations prescribed by Kimmel, or gender ideology.

Serving as a residence assistant my senior year, one of my largest frustrations was the negative, collective attitude that so often crept up. If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? Kimmel’s writing is not overly dense, but he definitely still sounds intelligent and this book is still very well researched on the whole. I wanted to give this 5 stars but ultimately did not because his case studies and examples are a little too narrow.


High school is a shitty place where peers look to each other for validation – definitely not just a “guy” problem. The style with which Kimmel writes about Being the demographic about whom Kimmel is writing except not heterosexualI felt I needed to read this.

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

vuyland The whole thing could boil easily down to “stop raising your kids like they are owed the world, elite people! We all have it so hard. Guyland should come with a warning for those who have lived — personally gguyland indirectly — through the trauma that can go hand in hand with a violent male culture: They work entry-level jobs but act aimless.

I would also be cautious to use it as an academic source. No one acts particularly interested in committed relationships, though many men interviewed assume they will one day marry and have children.

A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

When it comes to family life, form is not merely as important as content. Open Preview See a Problem? He paints a fairly accurate picture of what is wrong with males on and around college campuses I started to wonder, on the other hand, if Kimmel had ever met a person who WASN’T in college or working for one but since nobody can be blamed, it just kinda happens, there’s apparently nothing to be done but be depressed.

Related to this, I took issue with such ideas as girls wearing jeans denoting their participation in “guyification. Mar 12, Jessica rated it liked it. We need to be encouraging young men guylaand their efforts of valuing humanity.


This bizarre scope is never justified, yet I suspect Kimmel uses it because it fits with the popular and unhealthy notion that masculinity is predatory, privileged, entitled or hedonistic. He can get you through upsetting material e.

Last — and this guylanc probably less Kimmel’s issue and more one for fact-checking — but by god people.

I read this book as a masculinity scholar and someone who is familiar with the US university campus culture. Instead of looking for acceptance and support from a network of parents, teachers, coaches, good friends or pastors, most rites of passage for young men are done amongst peers.

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This would be a point that might kimmek worth exploring, if more videogames actually had black protagonists, but his one example, GTA III: However one must beg the question: Not what kimeml wants to hear, but so what?

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.

I am also an advocate for men and boys, particularly college-aged men. Personally, I could’ve gone without some of the quotes from questionable people ie- “Feminism and teaching girls they can do anything makes boys do badly in school!

Spoiled boys are usually blamed on overindulgent mothers, but Kimmel puts more of the blame on uninvolved or openly encouraging fathers. To say that there are men today in their twenties and thirties who refuse to jimmel up is indeed an understatement.