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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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. For example, Kimmel asserts that all girls’ hazing serves to uphold the male hierarchy, with the implication that it all involves such things as performing mock fellatio on a boy while ignoring the fact that girls have their own separate Girlland as much as guys hav I liked this book quite a lot.

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This should be a must-read for all individuals who need to interact with year old men daily. Aug 07, Amelia rated it really liked it. They need less helicoptering in middle school and high school, and more realistic conversations with adults especially men who don’t shy away from difficult subjects like dating, personal integrity, and acknowledging their emotions.

In many respects, providing a place where students can balance freedom with responsibility is our primary objective in development.

But seriously, sentences like this: Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting,” “superb Which isn’t happening because haha. Men today in the aforementioned age cohort are more likely to either: I will definitely be checking out more of his work.

I see it all the time teaching undergrads, and it really bummed me out to see it here. Even worse though was Kimmel’s claim that this book was based on “approximately four hundred” interviews with young men across the country.

It is a scary place to be. If you display an unwarranted sense of male entitlement and especially if you’re over, oh say 25, you’re going to hear about it from me hopefully. But after taking a short break and coming back to the material I remembered the following: Also if you are critical read: However one must beg the biys 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.


Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it really liked it. As a psychotherapist dealing with couples’ issues, Guyland helps explain why so many men today have so much trouble identifying what they’re feeling and skillfully expressing it in an intimate partnership. It’s currently and the economic situation is crappy for everyone, boyw young people, not just “guys”.

I will likely return to the book and read them later.

His knack for historical and qualitative sociological research is reflected in the sophistication with periloks he ties hegemonic masculinity to education, youthhood, wherf, and popular culture. Again, there was some interesting stuff here, and it did get me thinking, but I’m definitely glad to be done reading this one. Yet in Guyland, Kimmel deconstructs the many problems associated with this lifestyle, and perhaps most importantly, how it can stunt the growth of young men and women with true potential.

It’s hard to write a review of this book, because it’s a book one reads to become more well-informed. 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.

This book probably deserves a boye rating than I’m giving it, but since it fell so short of my expectations I wrold bring myself to rate it any higher.

For me, this book put into words everything I found so disgusting about the typical guy culture in which I was raised.

While his description of drinking as “obliterating one’s brain” or some such; I’m paraphrasing is objectively true, it comes across like a cranky dad. All the rituals happen to promote a form of sexist twisted brotherhood where men were initiated through suffering and humiliation.

The aspect of the book that has left me pondering whfre “when and how did manhood become entirely about having sex with women” as this book seems worod suggest.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men – University of Lynchburg

To say that there are men today in their twenties and thirties who refuse to grow up is indeed an understatement. Guyland should come with a warning for those who have lived — personally or indirectly — through the trauma that can go hand in hand with a violent male culture: Kimmel thinks that the excessive porn watching, hookup mania on college campi, constant video game playing, boys falling behind girls academically, and the refusal to grow up among the young men can all be traced back to women taking greater and more numerous roles in society and scholastic athletics.


Men drink to relax, and sometimes to wallow in self-pity, but men drink in packs for the story. Kimmel’s personal assumptions with little basis leave the book with no value.

Practically speaking, the book works better for giving a context of young males rather than ways in which to work with them. Where was the research? The only evidence he gave to support his claim becomee that peeilous were performed exclusively by men. Another big problem for me: Review by Brittany Shoot Nothing was particularly bad about this book, but nothing was extremely impressing either. Preview — Guyland by Michael S. He is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today.

The perilous world where boys become men. Therein lies my primary discontent with Guyland.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Don’t say “MP3s” in a list of hardware as if that’s a parallel item. Or is he basing this off his interviewees who somehow becmoe know the same handful of predators? If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research? He then asserts that similar problems exist with other white men of the same age who didn’t go to college but provides little evidence for it.

This took me forever to get through. In all I think I made it through this book in two or three sittings. The culture of “Guyland” is bojs mostly by white, middle class, straight guys.