Stiffed: The Betrayal Of The American Man

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Harper Collins, Apr 19, 2011 - Social Science - 672 pages
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One of the most talked-about books of last year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Backlash now explores the collapse of traditional masculinity that has left men feeling betrayed. With Backlash in 1991, Susan Faludi broke new ground when she put her finger directly on the problem bedeviling women, and the light of recognition dawned on millions of her readers: what's making women miserable isn't something they're doing to themselves in the name of independence. It's something our society is doing to women. The book was nothing less than a landmark. Now in Stiffed, the author turns her attention to the masculinity crisis plaguing our culture at the end of the '90s, an era of massive layoffs, "Angry White Male" politics, and Million Man marches. As much as the culture wants to proclaim that men are made miserable--or brutal or violent or irresponsible--by their inner nature and their hormones, Faludi finds that even in the world they supposedly own and run, men are at the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their lives and destroy their chance at happiness. As traditional masculinity continues to collapse, the once-valued male attributes of craft, loyalty, and social utility are no longer honored, much less rewarded. Faludi's journey through the modern masculine landscape takes her into the lives of individual men whose accounts reveal the heart of the male dilemma. Stiffed brings us into the world of industrial workers, sports fans, combat veterans, evangelical husbands, militiamen, astronauts, and troubled "bad" boys--whose sense that they've lost their skills, jobs, civic roles, wives, teams, and a secure future is only one symptom of a larger and historic betrayal.

 

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Thoroughly-researched, thoroughly-boring 600 page book. - Goodreads
I LOVED the premise of this book, HATED the girth. - Goodreads
Faludi is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Sometimes, I think that no male writer may ha - Goodreads

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I read this book in my early twenties and it was a valuable addition to my perspective on the world. At the time, I had been reading a great deal about masculinity, mostly finding works by male ... Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Well written and researched, 'Stiffed' helps to explain why and how "conventional" (ie pre-WWII) masculinity has all but come to be extinct. The factors are many: new technologies, the rise in ... Read full review

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Contents

PART
49
GIRLS HAVE ALL THE POWER
102
A GOOD DAWG WILL ALWAYS REMAIN LOYAL
153
WHERE AM I IN THE KINGDOM?
224
GONE TO SOLDIERS EVERY
291
THE CREATURE IN THE MIRROR
359
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
407
PART FOUR
449
WAITING FOR WOOD
530
PARTING SHOTS
577
REBELS IN THE KINGDOM
594
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
609
INDEX
651
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About the author (2011)

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A contributing editor for Newsweek and a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she has written for many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, Double Take, and The Nation. She lives in Los Angeles.

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