The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. ISBN Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the. One of the most eminent scholars and writers on men and masculinity and the author of the critically acclaimed Manhood in America turns his attention to the.

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The three cultures guylahd the cultures of entitlement, of silence, and of protection. Sadly, a lot of Kimmel’s evidence feels just like this.

Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults. This is a book that sells a message to people who already took a side. Aug 18, Katherine rated it liked it Shelves: It is also interesting reading this looking back and seeing areas he thought would expand rapidly and didn’t namely Second Lifeand also areas he thought would expand and have.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Though compelling, Guyland is not always an easy book to deal with. I am also an advocate for men and boys, particularly college-aged men.

He was one of the first males to attend and graduate from Vassar. Someone think of the poor menfolkz: In particular, his chapter on “hooking up” takes a “battle of the sexes” view that I find particularly unpalatable. After all, my good friend on the playground had confided this secret, he knew lots of stuff I didn’t, surely this was trustworthy information? Reviewing books like Guyland is challenging because one has to not only analyze their claims, but also the context in which they are written in light of current cultural attitudes surrounding young men.

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Guyland – Wikipedia

Guyland, as described in the book of the same name, is a world occupied by a specific type of privileged, entitled, young, white male, one who probably watches The Man Show on SpikeTV and listens to gangsta rap with no hint of irony. For some men this stretch to beyond college. Men drink to relax, and sometimes to wallow in self-pity, but men drink in packs for the story.

This book probably deserves a higher rating than I’m giving it, but since it fell so short of my expectations I can’t bring myself to rate it any higher. The style with which Kimmel writes about many of these topics quickly told me the book was not written for me, which makes sense, as he seems to largely direct his writing toward parents of these boys; to figures who can act as parents, mentors, et cetera.

Within just ten pages of Guyland Kimmel discredits himself with conjectures about gender. Showing of reviews. It does tend to focus mostly on men You know how parents read parenting books?

Such solutions, although somewhat helpful, do not sufficiently account for the broader structural need to confront, or at least explore, the role of corporate and political entities in actively manufacturing and subsequently profiting off of Guyland. Guyalnd with related products. A bit too US centric and after a promising start repetitions are many.

Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

Unfortunately, I did not connect to the text as I thought, guylanc being gay, this was a world I did not live in, and being a feminist already, many of the arguments were ones I’d read elsewhere, for a different audience, and with different intents. The basic assertion here is that partly due to a lack of adult influence and guidance, and partly due to petulance and childishness, a large number of whilte guys are opting out of becoming responsible adults, choosing instead to stay perpetually free but juvenile, and have a developed a toxic, self-reinforcing idea of what being a guy is all about, and strongly policing all behaviors that would shatter that illusion and reveal them as sad, angry, selfish boys.


The contradictions continue throughout the entire book, as entitled young men voice to Kimmel their desires without introspection about how to reach them. Nov 02, Mike rated it liked it Recommends it for: Add both to Cart Add both guylsnd List. The trend of young people graduating from college and then choosing or being forced to return to live with their parents is hardly a male-specific issue.

So thanks Michael Kimmel, for telling me a lot of stuff I already know but saying it in a totally unattached, sterile manner that makes you sound like you’re some sort of genius.

I was hoping iimmel read in the book about today’s helicopter parenting and some relation to this Guyland phenomena, but did not.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael S. Kimmel

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. We all have it so hard.

And like I said, I really wanted to like it. Sep 10, Andrew rated it it was ok. Men, Masculinity, and Love.

A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

S, where I am not. The perilous world where boys become men. No need to explain why, if baptism was about leaving the world of women and entering the world of men, women also went through baptism?