The offical homepage for Michael Kimmel’s latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” in stores August from HarperCollins. ISBN Using a combination of interviews, anecdotes, and socio-historical insight, Michael Kimmel’s Guyland offers a detailed analysis of the. One of the most eminent scholars and writers on men and masculinity and the author of the critically acclaimed Manhood in America turns his attention to the.

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This book probably deserves a higher rating than I’m giving it, but since it fell so short of my expectations I can’t bring myself to rate it any higher.

I was hoping to read in the book about today’s helicopter parenting and some relation to this Guyland phenomena, but did not. While all this is true about much of the men in those age groups.

Basically there is a lot of rage here, and a lot of sour grapes. PROs — many interviews — interesting anecdotes from campus life — a rare book focusing on males and masculinity — Kimmel gives a disclaimer that the book talks only about a small percentage of young men CONs — questionable methodology — despite the disclaimer, the book leads reader to believe that all young men follow the Guy Code — the book stresses negative aspects of masculinity, but it mentions no positive examples, except in a disclaimer and only in regard to ethnic and racial minorities — Kimmel robs women of agency and dismisses them despite a growing body of research indicating that women play an important role in establishing and propagating ideals of masculinity — the book does not hide its strong underlying feminist agenda: If he talked to that many guys, then why on earth are so many of the quotes he gives from other people’s research?

The culture of “Guyland” is driven mostly by white, middle class, straight guys. Copyright for this article is held by McGill Sociological Review. Return to Book Page. Entitlement says that men are entitled to all the good thin Guyland is a place post-adolescence, which starts typically from college and ends when men grow up and move in with their partner.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

The author’s goal is to explain the bro culture that young men find themselves immersed in from guylnd ageswith lingering effects afterward. So yay for ethnicity. The average young American man today is moving through a new stage of development, a buddy culture unfazed by the demands of parents, girlfriends, jobs, kids, and other nuisances of adult life. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.


When interacting with most individuals on my wing, I could almost always find a point of relation and understanding. While we huyland at it, let’s move the definition away from sex, and sex with women entirely.

One of the most eminent scholars and writers on men and masculinity and the author of the critically acclaimed Manhood in America turns his attention to the kimmell of guys, aged 16 to We need to be encouraging young men in their efforts of valuing humanity. I haven’t read Kimmel’s other works, kkimmel I don’t know if the reviews that state this is somewhat a rehash are correct. Guyland is a compassionate, unflinching dispatch from deep in the heart of young masculinity.

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 guyladn, with the guys that we know and love.

I could go on and on. This has been on my list for a while and it did not disappoint. If anything, I’m just more disturbed and angry at the white guy culture, and I wish this book touched more on how girls can help other than being a mother and teaching future generations to do better.

But seriously, sentences like this: Of course, as any guy who’s gotten past guyland can tell them, of course that doesn’t make you happy. Parents need to speak up and not coddle their children, and all the 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.

In light of that, I think that it could have been better than it was. Occupied by young, single, white men, its main demographic is middle class kids who are college-bound, college co-eds, or recent graduates in the United States. It is not an objective academic research — Kimmel needs a better editor: While Guyalnd understand that Kimmel is trying to describe a norm, I would like kikmel have read more about counter-cultural attitudes about masculinity.

Binge drinking and partying all weekend are common behaviors, both in college and beyond. Later, there’s a mention of heroines of Nickelodeon shows that includes Zoey from Zoey cancelled and Carly from iCarly a Disney show. Thankfully, Kimmel never resorts to simply speaking of how awful the next generation of young men is nor does he let young men off the hook. Dec 03, Carolyn Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Specifically, his limited gugland to the political and economic interests that are guylaand by the proliferation of Guyland may lead some readers to overlook the capitalist complementarity that serves to maintain many of the problems Kimmel identifies.


This book was published in for goodness’ sake!

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

Mar 12, Jessica rated it liked it. Instead of looking for acceptance and support from a network of parents, teachers, coaches, good friends or pastors, most rites of passage for young men are done amongst peers. It’s currently and the economic situation is crappy for everyone, including young people, not just “guys”. The book is full of unnecessary repetitions I would not rely on this book as a comprehensive overview of young adult male culture. Kimmel is easy reading, and he explains concepts well like I said above, one of his earlier books has been a very effective textbook for me.

The critique of Guyland includes a laundry list of offensive behaviors and attitudes. It’s time to grow up kids.

Lists with This Book. Kimmel, citing his sources, notes that it is mainly white men and boys who fall into this Guyland category, which I find slightly dubious. Apr 22, Adena rated it really liked it. Being the demographic about whom Kimmel is writing except not heterosexualI felt I needed to read this. 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 have Guyland, and that while girls may have to live in Guyland, not everything they do is directly related to it.

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It has some good information and some interesting insights. For example, Kimmel asserts that all girls’ guyalnd 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.