Taking Care of Men: Sexual Politics in the Public Mind

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The idea of the sensitive, post-feminist 'new man' has received great attention. This book sets out to determine how much of the hype is based on fact, and why such images have proliferated. McMahon focuses on the pivotal issue of men's relationship to the vital daily work of caring for people - both physically and emotionally - revealing much confusion about the extent and the interpretation of change. Using statistical data, as well as interview transcripts and media analysis, McMahon draws insightful ...
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Overview

The idea of the sensitive, post-feminist 'new man' has received great attention. This book sets out to determine how much of the hype is based on fact, and why such images have proliferated. McMahon focuses on the pivotal issue of men's relationship to the vital daily work of caring for people - both physically and emotionally - revealing much confusion about the extent and the interpretation of change. Using statistical data, as well as interview transcripts and media analysis, McMahon draws insightful distinctions between pleasure and performance, assistance and responsibility, gendered personality and gendered jobs, and - underlying all - between consumption and production. Incorporating social theory, psychology and popular culture, this book argues that the recent social conversation about men largely avoids the vital political point that men's material interests provide a major motivation for resistance to pro-equity change.
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"The author knows full well that his findings will not be popular with many pop psychologists and bestseller writers. He challenges the ideological foundation of modern romantic heterosexual marriage, in which all aspects life are equitably shared. There is much to ponder here, no matter what predilections one carries on this complex issue." Marshall Fishwick, Times

"McMahon offers an illuminating presentation of feminist materialism... The intellectual provocations are rich and the inspirations for profound debate and further study profuse." Choice

"Anthony McMahon's Taking Care of Men is an important book. As he notes in his conclusion: 'After 20 or more years of being 'on the agenda', the sexual-poltical issue of the division of domestic labour is still largely a matter for praivate struggle and private despair'(206). He invites us to make is a public political issue instead." Meg Luxton, CJS Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521582049
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Changing Men? 1
1 Having a Wife: The Division of Labour and Male Right 11
2 Producing Men: The Labour of Love 38
3 Stalled Rhetoric: The Optimistic Will 65
4 It's on the Agenda: Optimism over Images 92
5 The New Father: The 'Masculine' New Man 116
6 Blocked-Door Theory: Misrecognising Resistance 153
7 The Separated, Defensive Male: Psychologising Sexual Politics 179
Conclusion: Waiting for the Man 203
Bibliography 207
Index 228
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