GUYLAND KIMMEL PDF

What was my problem with it? Wellll, there were a bunch. A key one is that in spite of gestures at inclusiveness which were good , this book really focuses on a smaller demographic than "all guys 18 to With his focus on young men and the Today Show level of the language, this easily turns into what he has criticized elsewhere as the "interplanetary view of gender. In particular, his chapter on "hooking up" takes a "battle of the sexes" view that I find particularly unpalatable.

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What was my problem with it? Wellll, there were a bunch. A key one is that in spite of gestures at inclusiveness which were good , this book really focuses on a smaller demographic than "all guys 18 to With his focus on young men and the Today Show level of the language, this easily turns into what he has criticized elsewhere as the "interplanetary view of gender.

In particular, his chapter on "hooking up" takes a "battle of the sexes" view that I find particularly unpalatable. Another big problem for me: Where was the research? There were so many easy, low-hanging citations that he could have and should have just grabbed -- it would have been very little effort.

I am never, ever comfortable with this practice even when it is acknowledged in the main body of the text. I would completely freak out if I saw someone quoting one of my interviewees, even if they were acknowledging my work. I was even more uncomfortable here because there were several authors whose work I felt he mischaracterized particularly Boswell and Spade on fraternities and sexual assault and others he seemed dismissive toward especially the fantastic C.

I know we can be out of touch. But seriously, sentences like this: "And when we leave home, we take this media with us in our laptops, iPods, MP3s, Gameboys, and portable DVD players" p. Portable DVD players?! 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.

It would certainly be good for sociological ideas to travel further into the public sphere -- particularly, in my opinion, ones that might make people question or challenge commonsense understandings of how gender works. But nothing makes a young, non-sociologist reader throw out the baby with the bath water like a sentence about Gameboys and MP3s!

I see it all the time teaching undergrads, and it really bummed me out to see it here. So why did I even give this book two stars? Well, it was very readable. 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.

He can get you through upsetting material e. In all I think I made it through this book in two or three sittings. And like I said, I really wanted to like it. I do think his heart is mostly in the right place, I just felt that -- as a sociologist whew!

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