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Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (ISBN -9) is a book by Michael Kimmel, published in The book covers the. The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the prevailing social.

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Not because I wholeheartedly disagreed with what these guys were saying, or because I was unsure of where the author was going with the quotes validation? Men today in the aforementioned age cohort are more likely to either: I was hoping to read in the book about today’s helicopter parenting and some relation to this Guyland phenomena, but did not.

Guys are taking part in dangerous hazing rituals, drinking to excess, spending all their time playing video games and watching sports, sponging off parents rather than taking a job they think is beneath them, hooking up with girls they aren’t attracted to just to prove something to their friends, believing that porn is real, believing that everyone is hooking up more than them, and believing the talk radio hosts who say that they are being oppressed by stuck-up women and PC police.

This should be a must-read for all individuals who need to interact with year old men daily. So, while not all aspects of the book will ring true gang-rape, homoerotic ritualization, they frame seemingly lesser issues within a larger context. I do think his heart is mostly in the right place, I just felt that — as a sociologist whew! In Guyland, Kimmel describes and analyzes young American males with all the civilized horror of an eighteenth century missionary reporting on the customs and activities of naked heathen cannibals.


Girls have it hard. There’s also a culture of silence and intimidation that tries to shut down the conversation when anyone tries to bring it up. But some of nook quotes from guys he uses throughout the book – oh man, it almost caused me to stop reading.

All of the blame comes in the last chapter. Another part of the blame is given to the college administrations, when they prioritize getting the best athletic recruits over the safety of women on campus.

Parents, or those interested in our future. I think this is more reflective of U. Oct 09, lp rated it it was ok.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Guyland’s main focus is the extended adolescence that the men of today are susceptible to; or rather a very specific subset of predominantly upper-class, college-bound, white, heterosexual men. 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.

Basically there is a lot of rage here, and a lot of sour grapes. Apr 23, Amy rated it liked it Recommended to Amy by: Why do so many of them fail to launch? Kimmel Limited preview – Contents Welcome to Guyland. How do we explain and understand the culture of “hooking up” that has transplanted dating in college-aged youth? So why did I even give this book two stars?

This book was bok, mostly just because I already know that college-aged straight white dudes are generally the worst. However, it also seemed he shoehorned some of his arguments in to fit a point he wanted to make, such as videogames and rap allowing for males to appropriate a symbolic blackface. Kimmel has written extensively about this culture with no name, a culture that bkok so ubiquitous on large, public U.


So yay for ethnicity. I’d recommend this for any male who feels sensitive or out of place in mainstream culture.

Just what is going on with America’s young booi The average young American man today is moving through a new stage of development, a buddy culture unfazed by the demands of parents, girlfriends, jobs, kids, and other nuisances of adult life.

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

But most guys know other guys who are chronic substance abusers, who have sexually assaulted their classmates 6. It made me happy to read that I did okay by avoiding this culture.

To ask other readers questions about Guylandplease sign up. The book does not seek to resolve any of those issues, which is frustrating. Specifically, his limited attention to the political and economic interests that are served by the nook of Guyland may lead some readers to overlook the capitalist complementarity that serves to maintain many of the problems Kimmel identifies.

Sports, entertainment, porn, dating- all of these issues are examined for how the masculine facade can turn something as simple as watching the big game into a messy experience.