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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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. A hasty example slapped on to an over-broad theory.

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

He can get you through upsetting material e. This book was mediocre, mostly just because I already know that college-aged straight white dudes are generally the worst.

Mar 19, A. This should be a must-read for all individuals who need to interact with year old men daily. Feeling loved and supported, nurtured and safe, is far more critical than the ‘package’ it comes in.

If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? Mar 08, Thomas rated it liked guylane. That said the best review I can give is – Well, it explains much.

He mentions in passing that communities and women have guuland help these guys by changing the perception of what manhood and masculinity is. Just what is going on with America’s young men?

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

San Andreas, is not indicative of the videogame libraries in most of these fraternities and apartments. Today, growing up has guylahd more complex and confusing, as bookk men drift casually through college and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports.

And since I’m a g I read that this book was like a male version of “Reviving Ophelia”, and it was not, which was disappointing. In large part, it reads, as others have commented, as a removed anthropological study that is aggravating and shows Kimmel’s own biases and the generational gap with which he is dealing.


I haven’t read Kimmel’s other works, so I don’t know if the reviews that state this is somewhat a rehash are correct. The style with which Kimmel writes about many of these topics quickly told me the book was not written for me, which makes sense, as he seems to largely direct his writing toward parents of these boys; to figures who can act as parents, mentors, et cetera. Unfortunately, most of those insights last all of a paragraph, and then we’re back with the meat of the book, which I would describe most uncharitably as: I hate leaving books unfinished, in part because I tend to feel that it’s unfair to judge a book without considering how it stands as a whole.

Kimmel’s writing is not overly dense, but he definitely still sounds intelligent and this book is still very well researched on the whole. This would be a point that might be worth exploring, if more videogames actually had black protagonists, but his one example, GTA III: Also if you are critical read: Even though — like I said — Kimmel discusses places where race, ethnicity, and class come into the picture though mostly the first of thosehe doesn’t do it enough, and he easily lapses into describing phenomena that are relatively circumscribed as if they affected all American men within that age group.

Jul 17, Diana rated it did not like it. A Cultural History was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Of course, as any guy who’s gotten past guyland can tell them, of course that doesn’t make you happy. The author’s goal is to explain the bro culture that young men find themselves immersed in from roughly ageswith lingering effects afterward.

This was another book that I read for my intro to women’s and gender studies class and on the whole, I really enjoyed it. Then come back and let’s talk. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as “Guyland.


There are a wide variety of rules about what “being a man” means which include but are not limited to: I know I am a way, way more critical reader than most folks, and I am probably setting myself up in a poor way karma-wise for when I eventually try to publish my dissertation, but this kind of stuff just kills me.

For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting about the typical guy culture in which I was raised. Kimmel delves into all these questions in a way that really got me thinking–a lot. Since it was only performed by men it must conveniently have the same meaning as all other male rites of passage and nicely fit the point you’re trying to make? Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it really liked it.

I learned some things, but overall it lacked focus and many of the quotes seemed contrived.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Let’s start a new and better list of what manhood is. May 10, James rated it really liked it. I could go on and on.

Not all guys are the entitled, angry manboys that Kimmel is talking about, but the culture of Guyland caters to those types in particular and so all guys and girls ultimately end up having to exist and navigate within it.

Why do so many guys seem stuck between adolescence gook adulthood? Again and again I had to remind myself that his only focus was on middle class, college-educated white males–which explained a lot of the privilege and entitlement these males were feeling.

Not what everyone wants to hear, but guylqnd what? I do think his heart is mostly in the right place, I just felt that — as a sociologist whew!