The Politics of Manhood: Profeminist Men Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And the Mythopoetic Leaders Answer)

The Politics of Manhood: Profeminist Men Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And the Mythopoetic Leaders Answer)

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by Michael Kimmel
     
 

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These essays by profeminist men critique the surface ideals and underlying messages promoted by the men's movement. Is it a backlash against feminism or does it respond to men's real needs independent of feminism? What does the movement say about the appropriate models of masculinity?

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These essays by profeminist men critique the surface ideals and underlying messages promoted by the men's movement. Is it a backlash against feminism or does it respond to men's real needs independent of feminism? What does the movement say about the appropriate models of masculinity?

While the movement may be more than a bunch of white middle-aged men in war-paint, chanting and grunting in the forest, the profeminist men writing here express their explicit concern with both the surface ideals and the underlying messages promoted by the movement. Essays by several of the leaders of the mythopoetic men's movement, including Robert Bly, respond to the profeminist criticisms, opening a provocative dialogue among men about the politics of the contemporary men's movement, the "crisis" of masculinity, and where to go from here.

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Library Journal
This anthology offers an outlet to two sides of the men's movement: a series of profeminist male writers critique, primarily, the mythopoetic body of work of Robert Bly (Iron John, LJ 11/15/90) and, to a lesser extent, that of Sam Keen (Fire in the Belly, LJ 2/15/91); and Bly and other mythopoetic writersincluding Aaron Kipnis, Shepard Bliss, and Onaje Benjaminrespond to the criticisms. Kimmel (sociology, SUNY at Stony Brook) concludes that the profeminists and mythopoetic movers and shakers have more in common than not, but a dichotomy still remains between their respective positions. Unfortunately, there is a noticeable neglect of the work of Warren Farrell. And, more generally, some of the essays on both sides are sometimes unfocused; full comprehension of the somewhat deep and heavy reading requires knowledge of the gender identity conundrum. Still, this confab should foster further investigation into revising the masculine role and gender identity for tomorrow. Recommended for upper-division academic libraries supporting gender studies programs and large public libraries where interest and demand warrant.Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439901465
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and editor of masculinities, a scholarly journal. His books include Men's LivesMen Confront Pornography, and Manhood in America: A History.

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