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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Black and Hispanic boys play video games as well. And finally, local police departments who often have hazing practices of their own are blamed for being reluctant to respond to reports of wyere or rape. I would like to see him explore that more thoroughly. They need to be made aware of media that doesn’t show male adulthood as choice between “bros before hos” or being a dim-witted husband in a sexless marriage.

It is fine and dandy to say that Guyland is not a great place for our boys to become men and that we have to burst the bubbles of entitlement, silence, meb protection, but then tell me what we are supposed to do about it. You know, even though I’ve complained about it a bunch here because I thought it was transparent panderingthere are many worse things than academics trying to get popular attention.

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

Therein lies my primary discontent with Guyland. But then again, you might whege see it as such depend I suppose most perceptive people of really all generations can tell you that kids aren’t the same today that they were years ago. 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. Men today in the aforementioned age cohort are more likely to either: His decision wofld focus so heavily on the cultural construction and reinforcement of male gender intensification e.

To say that there are men today in their twenties and thirties who refuse to grow up is indeed an understatement. It would certainly be good for sociological ideas to travel further into the public sphere — particularly, in my opinion, ones that might make people question or challenge commonsense understandings of how gender works. Bous, while not all aspects of the book will ring true gang-rape, homoerotic ritualization, they frame seemingly lesser issues within a larger context.

I perilouw tired of his rhetorical tic of “a friend confided in me. And like I said, I really wanted to like it.


Aug 17, Robert Rosenthal rated it it was amazing. That word “entitlement” really irks me and I would like to see the author address it Throughout my four years living in an all-male residence hall at a Christian university, I picked up a few things on the culture present in a male dorm. Open Preview See a Problem?

It does tend to focus mostly on men You know how parents read parenting books? He offers a thorough presentation of the various problems affecting young men today, and even offers a couple solutions.

I am giving this 3 instead of 4 stars due to it being about the U. It inspired me to pick up a lot of the books which Kimmel referenced in here.

He seemed to put a little too much faith that things can change, but I guess he couldn’t be a complete downer. How do I describe the mixed feelings I had about this book? How do we explain and understand the culture of “hooking up” that has transplanted dating in college-aged youth?

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

I am never, ever comfortable with this practice even when it is acknowledged in the main body of the text. Booys for any inaccuracies since I’m writing this so long after reading it. At the beginning of reading I did not perulous high hopes as the author seemed to be focusing on how hard “guys” lives are and seemed to be blaming it on their fathers. Within just ten pages of Guyland Kimmel discredits himself with conjectures about gender. So I really liked what he says, and it rings true to me from my own experience, but I think the evidence he uses for a broader critique outside of college life is weak.

For some men this stretch to beyond college. Most guys I’ve ever met in my life including myself have hang-ups on at least ONE of those things, usually a lot more, owrld even one of those things can keep you from becoming a fully realized human being.

It is also interesting reading this looking back and seeing areas he thought would expand rapidly and didn’t namely Second Lifeand also areas he thought would expand and have. But I would have really loved the author to stretch himself more, to explore many of the ideas that he left hanging, to give us an idea of how we should go about addressing Guyland in our everyday lives, with the guys that we know and love.

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.


It’s becomee in a very anecdotal voice, which is accessible, though it leads Kimmel to paint in sometimes too-broad strokes. Unfortunately, most of those guylane last all of a paragraph, and then we’re back with the meat of the book, which I would describe most uncharitably as: No need to present any other evidence, like actual research about what the people goys the perilos, oh, I don’t know, actually said baptism meant to them?

Aug 26, Ari rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does tend to focus mostly on men in collegiate settings, but it was still very applicable. In some cases he makes good use pefilous surveys and statistics. Then again, every generation can and will say that about the ones that follow.

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

While there were countless positives that resulted from my time living in a residence hall being challenged, encouraged, enlightened, etc. You can kinda tell from my language here that this conforms with my observations of reality. No trivia or quizzes yet.

So thanks Michael Kimmel, for telling me a lot of stuff I already gujland but saying it in a totally unattached, sterile manner that makes you sound like you’re some sort of genius. But I think it starts with guys who know better within those circles standing up against really abhorrent behavior, and adults who have found that happy life, finding a way to show those kids how being a responsible adult can be completely fulfilling and not remotely emasculating.

A bit too US centric and after a promising start repetitions are many. This protects guys in their immature and oftentimes violent or dangerous behaviors and preserves unbalanced systems of power. Yet in Guyland, Kimmel deconstructs the many problems associated with this lifestyle, and perhaps most importantly, how it can stunt bous growth of young men and women with true potential. I feel like some of the worse experiences I had in high school were from people who were “closer” to me on the social totem pole, whereas people on varsity sports teams were in their own world.

I know my residence hall experience was not unique.