Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Two new books on men have captured my attention this month: Michael Kimmel's Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and Kathleen Parker's Save the Males: Why Men Matter and Why Women Should Care. The first, by a well-known sociologist and gender scholar, I recommend. The second, by a so-called "cultural provocateur," not so much.
Kimmel's is an Ophelia-like look at what's going on inside the minds of 16-26 year old young men. Parker's is a wry and shoddily researched look at men under seige by guess who. Check out this Q&A with Kimmel in Inside Higher Ed and this review of Parker's over at About Fathers. I wrote a commentary hooked on Kimmel's findings that will be up at the Women's Media Center next week. Will post when it goes live :)
(Thanks to Paul Raeburn for the link!)