What Makes a Man: Twenty Writers Imagine the Future of Masculinity

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One of Time magazine's 50 Future Leaders of America brings together novelists, essayists, men, and women to talk about the future of masculinity.

What does it mean to be male in the twenty-first century? What does the concept of masculinity even mean in the wake of four decades of modern feminism? What makes a man a man today and a woman a woman? Are those distinctions even real anymore? In this groundbreaking collection, Michael Datcher, Michael Moore, Anthony Swofford, Ruth ...

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Overview

One of Time magazine's 50 Future Leaders of America brings together novelists, essayists, men, and women to talk about the future of masculinity.

What does it mean to be male in the twenty-first century? What does the concept of masculinity even mean in the wake of four decades of modern feminism? What makes a man a man today and a woman a woman? Are those distinctions even real anymore? In this groundbreaking collection, Michael Datcher, Michael Moore, Anthony Swofford, Ruth Bettelheim, and a whole host of the world's most influential authors address these questions and many others. Through diverse themes that touch all of our lives-including sex, grief, power, money, family, privilege, violence, marriage, and work-these accomplished contributors lend their unique perspectives as they share their thoughts, experiences, and stories on forging new men and defining masculinity in a constantly changing world.

Rebecca Walker's feminist anthology, To Be Real, published nearly a decade ago, is a standard text in women's studies courses across the country. Considered one of the defining texts of contemporary feminism, To Be Real successfully bridged chasms between generations and ideologies. Similarly revolutionary and challenging in scope, What Makes a Man will be the first book to articulate and define the contours and concerns of a new generation of men.

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In this compilation of articles, editor Walker (To Be Real: Telling the Truth and the Changing Face of Feminism) draws attention to the meaning of masculinity in the 21st century by asking the following: "What makes a man a man today and a woman a woman?" Contributors-for the most part journalists and professional writers drawn from a variety of ethnic backgrounds-include men, women, and a transsexual. Their articles treat gender-related themes like sex, power, and violence from a variety of viewpoints and styles, ranging from novelist Martha Southgate's moving struggle to come to terms with her son's gender confusion in "My Girlish Boy" to filmmaker Michael Moore's (Bowling for Columbine) satirical tirade against the male sex as an enemy of Nature in "The End of Men." Most of the articles stand well enough alone, but there is little to unite them other than that they all seem to privilege estrogen over testosterone. An optional purchase for most libraries, this is probably best suited as a textbook for women's studies courses.-William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll., CUNY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573222693
  • Publisher: The Penguin Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing and activism. Her memoir, Black White and Jewish, is an international bestseller and her work has appeared in many anthologies and publications. Walker lectures extensively across the United States and Canada.

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Table of Contents

Putting Down the Gun 1
The Gift 8
My Girlish Boy 17
This Is My Story 25
Loving a One-Armed Man 34
No Means No (and Other Lies) 44
Picture Perfect 54
Pig Farm 67
Slowly Becoming 79
Me and Isisara Sing Oldies 90
From Jarhead 101
Confessions of a Pull-Proof Trigger 114
Not a Man 126
Men Holding Hands 138
Sanctuary 151
The End of Men 165
Lacking Harriet 185
Multi-Tasking Man 196
The Limit 205
Binuclear Man 220
War Is Obsolete 232
Afterword 241
Contributors 245
Credits 251
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