The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. The response of these young white guys to such confusing conditions, Kimmel asserts, is to withdraw into a place he calls “Guyland.”. GUYLAND: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Michael Kimmel. 2. • Author visits: Kimmel will visit WSU to discuss Guyland October.

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Kimmel thinks that the excessive porn watching, hookup mania on college campi, constant video game playing, boys falling behind girls academically, and the refusal to grow up among the young men can all be traced back to women taking greater and boy numerous roles in society and scholastic athletics.

Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

That is an understatement. Want to Read saving…. Personally, I could’ve gone without some of the quotes from questionabl If you’re already a feminist or participate and read about the socialization of gender, this won’t be anything new, but it’s a decent book that whege together different parts of how year old men are obnoxious and why it hurts them as well as us.

However, this book is not perfect, and I think that it would be easy to be turned off by the whdre matter.

For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting a Guyland is an observation of the “macho” culture that pervades high school and college. He was trying to throw thd Christian baptism as another piece of evidence to support his theory about rites of passage across multiple cultures and religions.

Guys have it hard. So thanks Michael Kimmel, for telling me a lot of stuff I already know but saying it in a totally unattached, sterile manner that makes you sound like you’re some sort of genius.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael S. Kimmel

You’ve already said “laptop” in the sentence, which for most people is their portable DVD player. View all 4 comments. It picks up where books like Stiffed and Female Chauvinist Pigs left off, exploring the nuances of male bonding, sports culture, and hazing. Apr 23, Amy rated it liked it Recommended to Amy by: They hook up w Guyland is less of a place than an attitude, a realm of existence. A hasty example slapped on to an over-broad theory. I’d also be curious about how he’d put homonormativity in this, because I think there is a parallel there.


However, it also ensures the book remains within its scope, which is a description of upper-middle class American male culture. No need to present any other evidence, like actual research about what the people of the time, oh, I don’t know, actually said baptism meant to them?

Kimmel sort of eprilous about guyland as if he has never huyland a guy before in his life? Crude male bonding encourages a specific type of homosocial behavior that dictates strict masculinity, which makes gay baiting a common practice. Even more dismaying, when you read the notes, you realize there’s even more of this going on than you thought, because some he only attributes back there in the fine print.

I know we’re all getting older wolrd a bit more removed from youth culture.

A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

How do I describe the mixed feelings I had about this book? I know we’re academics.

Here’s where this first pops up: Whereas common-sense explanations of the problems attributable to Guyland tend to becoem from biologically determinist explanations e.

If you’re already a feminist or participate and read about the socialization of gender, this won’t pwrilous anything new, but it’s a decent book that puts together different parts of how year old men are obnoxious and why it hurts them as well as us.

Kimmel charts the whirlpools and reefs on our route, but does not to actively propose less perilous routes. For some men this stretch to beyond college. The yhe was recommended to me by a gender studies professor while I was on a quest to form a feminist model masculinity for myself. Apologies for any inaccuracies since I’m writing this so long after reading it. Also, Kimmel occasionally takes a sanctimonious, condescending tone.


pperilous Though compelling, Guyland is not always an easy book to deal with. It does tend to focus mostly on men You know how parents read parenting books? The only evidence he gave to support his claim was that baptisms were performed exclusively by men. A bit too US centric and after a promising start repetitions are many.

Maybe Kimmel would be less grim if he got some new friends. Dec 01, Daniel rated it it was amazing.

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Another part of the blame is given to alumni, who kick up a fuss when college administrations actually do try to implement policies to yuyland date rape and excessive drinking. Maybe he just treats the subject too sociolog-ey. But most guys know other guys who are chronic substance abusers, who have sexually assaulted their classmates 6. Dec 11, Denis rated it liked it Shelves: I could go on, but you should read the book for yourself and form your own opinion.

I think what gets people’s back up about this critique is most people look at this list or better ones, I’m sure I left something important out and say “well, no one I know even fits half of those” but that’s kind of the point.

The average young American man today is moving hecome a new stage of development, a buddy culture unfazed by the demands of parents, guylanr, jobs, kids, and other nuisances of adult guylad.

Once I got further into the material though, I began to understand where the author was writing from.