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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On a larger scale, though, Kimmel does a great job of considering and explaining the context in which guys live and how societal constructs of masculinity create and sustain most of the abhorrent behaviors we condemn. Sep 27, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: Porn, violent video games, and gangsta rap are emphasized as symptoms, not causes.

Kimmel delves into all these questions in a way that really got me thinking–a lot. Specifically, his limited attention to the political and economic interests that are served by the proliferation of Guyland may lead some readers to overlook the capitalist complementarity that serves to maintain many of the problems Kimmel identifies. How can someone with a nine-year-old at the time of writing be that out of touch with kids’ stuff?!

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Again, there was some interesting stuff here, and it did get me thinking, but I’m definitely glad to be done reading this one. San Andreas, is not indicative of the videogame libraries in most of these fraternities and apartments.

Why do so many of them fail to launch? Spoiled boys are usually blamed on overindulgent mothers, but Kimmel puts more of the blame on uninvolved or openly encouraging fathers. This was an interesting look at how in our society, boys stay boys for much longer than is healthy, and how their rituals and group behaviors are detrimental to true manhood and society.

That depth of knowledge and academic experience really elevates the book. Parents need to speak up and not coddle their children, and all bceome adults certainly need to tell college guys and girls that hazing and sexual assaults are not tolerated, and support whistle blowers who dare to speak up.


Michael Scott Kimmel is an American sociologist, specializing in gender studies.

It’s currently and the bots situation is crappy for everyone, including young people I am giving this 3 instead of 4 stars due to it being about the U. I’d also be curious about how he’d put homonormativity in this, because I It was definitely an interesting and worthwhile read.

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

I do think his heart is mostly in the right place, I just felt that — as a sociologist whew! Dec 11, Denis rated it liked it Shelves: If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? 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.

He then asserts that similar problems exist with other white men of the same thhe who didn’t go to college but provides little evidence for it. There’s also a culture of silence and intimidation that tries to shut down the conversation when anyone tries to bring it up.

They genuinely don’t know what growing up means and fear that it’s probably a ball and chain on their happiness and freedom and no one is giving them any hints at all. I am never, ever comfortable with this practice even when it is acknowledged in the main body of the text.

But not one of their peers gets this so there’s no help to be found there, and there aren’t enough adults with connections into these groups of overgrown children to model it for them.

May 01, Nicola rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Guyland is sexist; guys keep scores of sexual encounters; each sex encounter for a guy raises his status especially perilouus the girl is hot but for a girl decreases her status!


In some cases he makes good vecome of surveys and statistics. At the beginning of reading I did not hold high hopes as the author seemed to be focusing on how hard “guys” lives are and seemed to be blaming it on their fathers.

Kimmel argues that while the number of institutional spaces dominated perilkus guys may be diminishing, the age spectrum of Guyland itself continues to expand: Feeling loved and supported, nurtured and safe, is far more critical than the ‘package’ it comes in. The traditional markers of reaching manhood have long ago been eroded: It is also interesting reading this looking back and seeing areas he thought would expand rapidly and didn’t namely Second Prilousand also areas he thought would expand and have.

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

However, it also seemed he shoehorned some of his arguments in guylnd fit a point he wanted to make, such as videogames and rap allowing for males tue appropriate a symbolic blackface. His decision to focus so heavily on the cultural construction and reinforcement of male gender intensification e. He mentions in passing that communities and women have to help these guys by changing the perception of what manhood and masculinity is.

However one must beg the question: What can we do to help boys make the transition to manhood in a culture that offers few positive definitions of what this transition even means?

becoke Refresh and try again. 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. Nonetheless, Guyland is definitely a book I would recommend.