Manliness (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 289 pages
12 Reviews
This is the first comprehensive study of manliness, a quality both bad and good, mostly male, often intolerant, irrational, and ambitious. Our "gender-neutral society" does not like it but cannot get rid of it. Drawing from science, literature, and philosophy, Mansfield examines the layers of manliness, from vulgar aggression, to assertive manliness, to manliness as virtue, and to philosophical manliness. He shows that manliness seeks and welcomes drama, prefers times of war, conflict, and risk, and brings change or restores order at crucial moments. After a wide-ranging tour from stereotypes to Hemingway and Achilles, to Nietzsche, to feminism, and to Plato, the author returns to today's problem of "unemployed manliness." Formulating a reasoned defense of a quality hardly obedient to reason, he urges men, and especially women, to understand and accept manliness, and to give it honest and honorable employment.--From publisher description.
  

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Review: Manliness

User Review  - Clivemichael Justice - Goodreads

Polemic monologue. An academic/philosopher's take on the then "current" gender definitions/roles. Somewhat acerbic and occasionally brilliant observations on being manly. I read this book years ago, some of it's "flavour" has stayed with me. Not for everyone. Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I think the most interesting sentence was the last, "A free society cannot survive if we are so free that nothing is expected of us." I was hoping for a more clear definition of manliness. I left ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter Two Manliness as Stereotype
22
Chapter Three Manly Assertion
50
Chapter Four Manly Nihilism
82
Chapter Five Womanly Nihilism
122
Chapter Six The Manly Liberal
163
Chapter Seven Manly Virtue
190
Conclusion Unemployed Manliness
229
Notes
245
Bibliography
270
Index
281
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