The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future

The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future

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by Guy Garcia
     
 

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Why are so many of today's supermen super-clueless?

Why do so many men prefer the escapist digitized world of Spike TV and Grand Theft Auto to the reality of their own lives?

An entire generation of men is slacking off. The struggle to redefine what being a man means in today's world has resulted in widespread male confusion

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Why are so many of today's supermen super-clueless?

Why do so many men prefer the escapist digitized world of Spike TV and Grand Theft Auto to the reality of their own lives?

An entire generation of men is slacking off. The struggle to redefine what being a man means in today's world has resulted in widespread male confusion, leading to rampant malaise, alienation, and disconnection. In this eye-opening exploration of this crisis of contemporary American manhood, award-winning journalist Guy Garcia sheds light on a problem that has wreaked havoc on the American family. Packed with startling statistics, informed by pop culture, and narrated in the entertaining style for which Guy Garcia is known, The Decline of Men is an important wake-up call to the distressing reality of the American male

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Publishers Weekly

Garcia (The New Mainstream) explores disturbing trends of men leading increasingly socially isolated lives and dropping out of high school and college in record numbers, naming them victims of an "invisible epidemic." According to the author, modern men have failed to forge a new and productive role in the 21st century. Garcia charts the rise of feminism and the changing societal roles of both men and women, illustrating how and why men have become so confused about what defines masculinity; having lost their traditional role as provider and protector, men flirt with hollow substitute identities-drawing on "Jackass culture" ("men pretending to be boys"), gangster culture ("boys pretending to be men") and "metrosexual" obsessions with grooming and body image-that have reductively redefined manhood and led men away from compassion, responsibility and family. Garcia wisely avoids degrading feminism or pitting men against women; instead, he offers an astute and well-researched meditation on how men might reclaim their identity and place in modern America and why such a transformation is important to future generations of both men and women. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061353154
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,250,589
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Guy Garcia was a staff writer at Time magazine for thirteen years. The author of Skin Deep and Obsidian Sky, he is also the founding editor of the urban website TotalNewYork.com. More recently, he has worked on the development of AOL Latin America, AOL International, and AOL Music.

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