What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future
Riverhead Books, 2004 - Fiction - 252 pages
One of Time magazine's 50 Future Leaders of America brings together novelists, essayists, men, and women to talk about the future of masculinity.
What does it mean to be male in the twenty-first century? What does the concept of masculinity even mean in the wake of four decades of modern feminism? What makes a man a man today and a woman a woman? Are those distinctions even real anymore? In this groundbreaking collection, Michael Datcher, Michael Moore, Anthony Swofford, Ruth Bettelheim, and a whole host of the world's most influential authors address these questions and many others. Through diverse themes that touch all of our lives-including sex, grief, power, money, family, privilege, violence, marriage, and work-these accomplished contributors lend their unique perspectives as they share their thoughts, experiences, and stories on forging new men and defining masculinity in a constantly changing world.
Rebecca Walker's feminist anthology, To Be Real, published nearly a decade ago, is a standard text in women's studies courses across the country. Considered one of the defining texts of contemporary feminism, To Be Real successfully bridged chasms between generations and ideologies. Similarly revolutionary and challenging in scope, What Makes a Man will be the first book to articulate and define the contours and concerns of a new generation of men.
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"Check it out: I'm going to call this Alex dude over here and try to reach his
senses on this, because, man, if I don't and he ends up killing himself, I'm going
to feel terrible that I never tried." "Jay, it ain't going to do no good. Man, you know
just as well as I do this dude is going to do whatever he wants, so why try?" "You
may be right, but at least I'll be able to say, like you, that I tried." "But why repeat
everything I already said? Anything you tell him is going to go in one ear and out
the other ...
"Well, hey, Alex, I don't mean to sound rude, but instead of giving .TM the prison
first grabs at 'em — you know they're theirs after you kill yourself — why not let me
have 'em? That would be cool." "No way, man. I am keeping my TV and radio." "
How's that? You thinking about having someone put 'em in your coffin?" I retorted
. "No," said Alex. "I'm keeping my things, though." "You don't understand, Alex," I
said. "I don't want 'em right now. No, man, I'm talking 'bout before you clamp that ...
"Man, I'm gettin' on," said Alex. "You's nuts. I swear you dudes is crazy." £ "Before
you go 'bout your business," I said, "check it: how 'bout them tennies you have on
? You should at least let me have them!' "No way!" Alex stared down at his shoes.
"I just got these Nikes last week. You can't have these for all the world." "Those
aren't Nikes. Let me see," I said, stepping toward him. "Wow, they are Nikes!" I
snatched Alex by his coat and quickly pinned him to the fence. "Listen, you young
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I am (obviously) not a man, but I am raising two boys, and so I bought this book wanting to learn a little more about the struggles that come with being and/or becoming a "man" in contemporary society ... Read full review
What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the FutureUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this compilation of articles, editor Walker (To Be Real: Telling the Truth and the Changing Face of Feminism) draws attention to the meaning of masculinity in the 21st century by asking the ... Read full review
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