Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 352 pages
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The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as "Guyland."

In mapping the troubling social world where men are now made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and he works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. 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.

 

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Flawed but a definitely a great conversation starter

User Review  - Nancy - Target

Guyland touches on important topics such as "bros before hos," "hooking up," and "friends with benefits" all of which are widely predominant in American culture. Guys are not boys or men and girls are ... Read full review

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User Review  - mojomomma - LibraryThing

Great read focusing on young men from ages 16 to 26 and how they reach maturity (or not) in today's society. Kind of makes me wish my daughters weren't also in the same age bracket right now! Read full review

Contents

Welcome to Guyland
1
Guyland as a New Stage of Development
24
The Guy Code
44
Boot Camp for Guyland
70
Binge Drinking Fraternity Hazing and the Elephant Walk
95
Sports Crazy
123
Guylands Media
144
Pornography
169
Sex in Guyland
190
Predatory Sex and Party Rape
217
Eyes on the Guys
242
Just Guys
265
Endnotes
291
Index
317
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A leading scholar in the field of gender studies, Michael Kimmel is author or editor of more than twenty volumes on the subject, including the groundbreaking Manhood in America. A professor of sociology, he teaches at State University of New York, Stony Brook, and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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