The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. The response of these young white guys to such confusing conditions, Kimmel asserts, is to withdraw into a place he calls “Guyland.”. GUYLAND: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Michael Kimmel. 2. • Author visits: Kimmel will visit WSU to discuss Guyland October.

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While there were countless positives that resulted from bys time living in a residence hall being challenged, encouraged, enlightened, etc. I am giving this 3 instead of 4 stars due to it being about the U. With his focus on young men and the Today Show level of the language, this easily turns into what he has criticized elsewhere as the “interplanetary view of gender.

What makes you happy or at least happier and more fulfilled is having an emotionally intimate gulyand with another human being, and once you’ve got that, sex with that person starts to get really good.

But after taking a short break and coming back to the material I remembered the following: Here’s a sneak peak. I will also point out that this review says it best. Kimmel’s goal is to education parents, alumni, college administrations, and police, so that they can appropriately respond to crimes when they happen.

If most guys know another guy who has assaulted someone else, doesn’t that mathematically imply that many men are indeed predators? His book, Manhood in America: Related to this, I took issue with such ideas as girls wearing jeans denoting their participation in “guyification. Sep 27, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: The perilous world where boys become men.

However, it also seemed he shoehorned some of his arguments in to fit a point he wanted to make, such as videogames and rap allowing for males to appropriate a symbolic blackface. The culture of silence often plays out in the way that men stay silent even when their peers are clearly perrilous the wrong. I’m not sure that the problem with guyland has any easy solution.


Aug 26, Ari rated it it was amazing Shelves: Six pages later Kimmel brings up girls and their role in this “Guyland”, but their roles are framed only in the point of view of the men of Guyland, and yet jen, basic assumptions about how these women interact with and are viewed by the men.

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

His decision to focus so heavily on the cultural construction and reinforcement of male gender intensification e. On a larger scale, though, Kimmel does a great job of considering and explaining the context in which guys live and how societal constructs of masculinity create and sustain most of the abhorrent behaviors we condemn.

I also just wonder how much beco,e this has changed – namely due to the huge culture change around LGBTQ people.

Rather, he simply illustrates what he has observed in the current culture and offers his thoughts on how we have gotten there. Every other section lacks this crucial part. I promise it doesn’t hurt as much as you think it will. The fifth volume of MSR is now available here.

What can we do to help boys make the transition to manhood in a culture that offers few positive definitions of what eorld transition even means? A Cultural History was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Unfortunately, most of those insights last all of a paragraph, and then we’re back with the meat of the book, which I would describe most uncharitably as: Return to Book Page.

When it comes to family life, form is mdn merely as important as content. When I was in 1st grade, it was widely known that sex was about boys peeing into girls.

Throughout my four years living in an all-male residence hall at a Christian university, I picked up a few things on the culture present in a male dorm. Mar 12, Jessica rated it liked it. Oct 09, lp rated it it was ok. 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. The underlying cause of Guyland is teen boys losing confidence in themselves, and feeling like they have to create a “real man” facade.


A chapter is dedicated to each of the following: However one must beg the question: You know, even though I’ve complained about it a bunch here because I thought it was transparent panderingthere are many worse things than academics trying to get popular attention. His summary of the history of the scientific understanding of both masculinity and youthhood proves valuable in locating Guyland within a broader historical tradition of patriarchy, male homosociality, and the life-course. However, this definitely wrought some real emotions of me, and made me want to change the guyland which Kimmel talks about so much throughout the novel.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men – University of Lynchburg

Well, it was very readable. But in most instances he makes sweeping generalizations which he supports with anecdotal evidence, or in some becone no evidence at all. But not one of their peers gets this so there’s no help to be found there, and there aren’t enough adults with connections into these groups of overgrown children to model it for them. So why did I even give this book two stars?

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

For me, this book put into words pedilous I found so disgusting about the typical guy culture in which I was raised. That word “entitlement” really irks me and I would like to see the author address it Beyond the issues arising from the narrow demographic Guyland presents, I also found the treatment of extended adolescence the so-called ‘guyland’ emerging between childhood and adulthood to be needlessly gendered and simplistic.

Aug 17, Robert Rosenthal rated it it was amazing.