Contemporary Perspectives on Masculinity: Men, Women, and Politics in Modern Society

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Westview Press, 1997 - Social Science - 242 pages
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This newly updated edition surveys the range of responses to feminism that men have made and puts political theory at the center of men’s awareness of their own masculinity. In clear and insightful language, Professor Clatterbaugh surveys not just conservative, liberal, and radical views of masculinity, but also the alternatives offered by the men’s rights movement, spiritual growth advocates, and black and gay rights activists. Each of these is explored both as a theoretical perspective and as a social movement, and each offers distinctive responses to the questions posed. New chapters on the Promise Keepers, Million Man March, and gay rights along with an updated bibliography ensure timeliness, and Clatterbaugh treats all views with fairness as he develops and defends a vision of men and masculinity consistent with feminist ideals and a just society.

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Page 189 - For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
Page 189 - I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.
Page 48 - We, as men, want to take back our full humanity. We no longer want to strain and compete to live up to an impossible oppressive masculine image — strong, silent, cool, handsome, unemotional, successful, master of women, leader of men, wealthy, brilliant, athletic and "heavy".
Page 33 - human nature" must be among the most enigmatic concepts ever used. Often, when the "natural" is invoked, we are left in the dark as to whether it is meant as an explanation, a recommendation, a claim for determinism, or simply a desperate appeal, as if the "natural" were some sort of metaphysical glue that could hold our claims or values together.
Page 49 - The male machine is a special kind of being, different from women, children, and men who don't measure up. He is functional, designed mainly for work. He is programmed to tackle jobs, override obstacles, attack problems, overcome difficulties, and always seize the offensive.
Page 31 - If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections, and they don't have upper-body strength. I mean some do, but they're relatively rare. On the other hand, men are basically little piglets — you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, doesn't matter, you know.
Page 185 - I've made a terrible mistake. I've given you my role. I gave up leading this family, and I forced you to take my place. Now I must reclaim my role." Don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. I'm not suggesting that you ask for your role back. I'm urging you to take it back.
Page 170 - I will let them grow in peace to be strong men and women for the future of our people. I will never again use the "B word" to describe any female. But particularly my own black sister.
Page 170 - ... pledge that from this day forward I will never raise my hand with a knife or a gun to beat, cut, or shoot any member of my family or any human being except in self-defense. I pledge from this day forward I will never abuse my wife by striking her, disrespecting her, for she is the mother of my children and the producer of my future.

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Kenneth Clatterbaugh is professor of philosophy and adjunct professor in women studies at the University of Washington.

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