XY, on Masculine Identity (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

XY, on Masculine Identity (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

by Elisabeth Badinter
     
 

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Examining changing role models for masculine identity—from cowboy in the 1950s to Terminator in the 1990s, from flesh-and-blood man to machine—this book suggests that men need new role models and that sufficient room needs to be left for the expression of male vulnerability, a psychic space that would accept attitudes and behaviors traditionally labeled

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Examining changing role models for masculine identity—from cowboy in the 1950s to Terminator in the 1990s, from flesh-and-blood man to machine—this book suggests that men need new role models and that sufficient room needs to be left for the expression of male vulnerability, a psychic space that would accept attitudes and behaviors traditionally labeled as "feminine." This new model, Badinter argues, may reduce the profound effects of homophobia and misogyny.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Examines masculinity from a historical and psychological perspective, lingering on how society's and men's attitudes toward homosexuality have changed over the years. . . . The subject . . . is well researched and skillfully presented.
Booknews
The French feminist philosopher draws on biological examples, historical and sociological analyses, fiction, and biography to define the male gender identity that is being invented as sex roles become more ambiguous and stereotypes are shattered. She examines changing male role models, from 1950s cowboy to 1990s Terminator, and concludes that the traditional model of masculinity is out of phase with the evolution of women. It's also, she finds, the source of "a veritable mutilation" that men are just beginning to become aware of. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231084345
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/04/1995
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

ELISABETH BADINTER, internationally known feminist philosopher and historian, teaches at the École Polytechnique in Paris.

LYDIA DAVIS is the author of Almost No Memory.

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