Misframing Men: The Politics of Contemporary Masculinities

Misframing Men: The Politics of Contemporary Masculinities

by Michael Kimmel
     
 

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 Misframing Men, a collection of Michael Kimmel's commentaries on contemporary debates about masculinity, argues that the media have largely misframed this debate.
Kimmel, among the world's best-known scholars in gender studies, discusses political moments, takes on antifeminists as the real male bashers, questions the unsubstantiated assertions that men… See more details below

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 Misframing Men, a collection of Michael Kimmel's commentaries on contemporary debates about masculinity, argues that the media have largely misframed this debate.
Kimmel, among the world's best-known scholars in gender studies, discusses political moments, takes on antifeminists as the real male bashers, questions the unsubstantiated assertions that men suffer from domestic violence to the same degree as women, and examines the claims made by those who want to rescue boys from the "misandrous" reforms initiated by feminism. In writings both solidly grounded and forcefully argued, he pushes the boundaries of today's modern conversation about men and masculinity.

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Publishers Weekly
Sociology professor Kimmel (Guyland) is one of the co-founders of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism. In this collection of essays, he looks at "missteps on the way to redefining manhood" and dismisses "increasingly shrill assertions" of psycho-biological "Mars/Venus" differences between the genders. He not only examines the post-9/11 reassertion of "heroic and unapologetic masculinity," but also the aggressiveness of Bush-era foreign policy and financial rapacity. He deconstructs claims that women are driving males out of classrooms, attributing the differences in enrollment to class and race (college-bound whites, for instance, are split 50-50 along gender lines, but the ratio among blacks is approximately two to one). Kimmel sees trends both positive (in families where both parents work, men are increasingly taking on more responsibility and enjoying a closer relationship with their children) and negative (men express their newfound insecurity with homophobic jokes, for instance). Though he makes no effort to hide his own progressive politics, Kimmel offers an insightful, balanced view of the problems behind "me Tarzan, you Jane." (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813549750
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,076,603
File size:
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