The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. The response of these young white guys to such confusing conditions, Kimmel asserts, is to withdraw into a place he calls “Guyland.”. GUYLAND: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Michael Kimmel. 2. • Author visits: Kimmel will visit WSU to discuss Guyland October.

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On the other hand, Kimmel’s scholarship is terrible, and halfway through the book I decided I didn’t trust most of what he said. The author’s goal is to explain the bro culture that young men find wirld immersed in from roughly ageswith lingering effects afterward.

Another big problem for me: For example, Kimmel asserts that all girls’ hazing serves to uphold the male hierarchy, with the implication that it all involves such things as performing guylaand fellatio on a boy while ignoring the fact that girls have their own separate Girlland as whre as guys hav I liked this book quite a lot. I learned some things, but overall it lacked focus and many of the quotes seemed contrived. How can someone with a nine-year-old at the time of writing be that out of touch with kids’ stuff?!

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That alone made the book a frequently horrifying and thoroughly depressing read.

But after taking a short break and coming back to the material I remembered the following: Like many women and bookish solipsists, Kimmel looks at the male world and sees fear of social disapproval as a primary motivator for typical male behaviors, but this is spin and half-truth.

And since I’m a girl, or a person under the age of 80, I already know that nobody dates anymore. White House because he truly never aged past I’m not sure that the problem with guyland has any easy solution. I would completely freak out if I saw someone quoting one of my interviewees, even if they were acknowledging my work.

Mar 08, Thomas rated it liked it. The aspect of the book that has left me pondering is “when and how did manhood become entirely about having sex with women” as this book seems to suggest. Kimmel argues that while the number of institutional spaces dominated by guys may be diminishing, the age spectrum of Guyland itself continues to expand: Silence says that when another man is doing something wrong such as hazing and sexual assault, a fellow man will turn a blind eye.


I think what gets people’s back up about this critique is most people look at this list or better ones, I’m sure I left something important out and say “well, no one I know even fits half of those” but that’s kind of the point. As a slight sidebar, he mentions the death of the solid working class job in America for causation as well. How do we explain and understand the culture of “hooking up” that has transplanted dating in college-aged youth?

Kimmel is careful to state that many white young men successfully resist Guyland, but nevertheless are faced with it daily. Black and Hispanic boys play video games as well.

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A bit too US centric and after a promising start repetitions are many. It’s time to grow up kids. In like manner, the following chapters detail the perils, the use, and misuse of the other subjects included in the exploration of young men today.

Protection says that the coaches and teachers have the back of the guys when things go wrong. I could go on and on. Most guys I’ve ever met in my life including myself have hang-ups on at least ONE of those things, usually a lot more, and even one of those things can keep you from becoming a fully realized human being.

An easy solution to the Guyland culture is not presented. Those of you with sons might be able to relate to a lot of what Kimmel writes. While we are at it, let’s move the definition away from sex, and sex with worle entirely. Maybe Kimmel would be less grim if he got some new friends. Kimmel is easy reading, and he explains concepts well like I said above, one of his earlier books has been a very effective textbook for me. His documentary history, “Against the Tide: When interacting with most individuals on my wing, I could almost always find a point of relation and understanding.


It could have stretched itself. The biggest problem is in how he supports his points. becoe

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men – University of Lynchburg

He was trying to throw in Christian baptism as another piece of evidence to support his theory about rites of passage across multiple cultures periloua religions.

Someone think of the poor menfolkz: They need to whwre made aware of media that doesn’t show male adulthood as choice between “bros before hos” or being a dim-witted husband in a sexless marriage.

It has some good information and some interesting insights. But I would have really loved the author to stretch himself more, to explore many of the ideas that he left hanging, to give us an idea of how we should go about addressing Guyland in our everyday lives, with the guys that we know and love.

Nothing was particularly bad about this book, but nothing was extremely impressing either. His knack for historical and qualitative sociological research is reflected in the sophistication with which he ties hegemonic masculinity to education, youthhood, psychology, and popular culture.

Absent adult education at this point, we had wprld up with our own definition of what it must be, and we were pretty damn confident about it.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Hardcoverpages. I doubt that will win him many supporters.

Crude male bonding encourages a specific becomee of homosocial behavior that dictates strict masculinity, which makes gay baiting a common practice. It was definitely an interesting and worthwhile read. If gender is a social construct, then we ought to be proactive in defining and refining it. But in that regard, too, Kimmel could have done a better job, could have stretched himself a bit more. In Guyland, Kimmel describes and analyzes young American males with all the civilized horror of an eighteenth century missionary reporting on the customs and activities of naked heathen cannibals.

Men today in the aforementioned age cohort are more likely to either: