Dilemmas of Masculinity: A Study of College Youth

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Social Science - 274 pages
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In Dilemmas of Masculinity, noted sociologist Mirra Komarovsky turns her attention to the consequences of feminism among women on the lives of men. As she'd documented in Women in the Modern World, and would again in Women in College, women's lives had changed enormously in the thirty-plus years Komarovsky taught at Barnard College. Women now are able to own their intelligence without apology, and most of the women had career aspirations that were equal to the men across the street at Columbia. In fieldwork conducted with Columbia College seniors in 1969-1970, she continually found that women's newly claimed freedoms, however, sat uneasily on men who had been raised in traditional homes. On the one hand, they respected women's intellectual achievements and even welcomed women's career aspirations. The campus ethos 'demanded that men pay at least lip service to liberal attitudes towards working wives, ' Komarovsky wrote in an article based on the research. On the other hand, they didn't want to sacrifice any of the privileges they had been taught to expect - that their wives would do virtually all the child care and housework. As a result, the men were utterly unprepared for the new world of gender equality that women were beginning to demand
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
IMAGES OF FEMININITY AND MASCULINITY BELIEFS NORMS and PREFERENCES
10
RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN INTELLECTUAL ASPECTS
44
SEX IN THE LIFE OF COLLEGE MALES
60
SEX IN THE LIFE OF COLLEGE MALES THE VIRGINS
107
POWER AND EMOTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN
127
INTIMACY AND ISOLATION A STUDY OF SELFDISCLOSURE
157
THE SONS JUDGE THEIR PARENTS
182
THE FUTURE OCCUPATIONAL PLANS THE DRAFT AND POLITICS
207
A THEORETICAL SUMMARY
222
THE AUTHORS ENVOI
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
259
INDEX
267
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Mirra Komarovsky was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Barnard College and Past-President of the American Sociological Association. Michael S. Kimmel teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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