Manning up

Manning up

How the Feminist Revolution Turned Men Into Boys

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Baker & Taylor
Essayist and provocateur Kay Hymowitz explores the unintended consequences of the feminist revolution--the infantilization of young men and the rise of lad culture.

Perseus Publishing
Essayist and provocateur Kay Hymowitz explores the unintended consequences of the feminist revolution?the infantilization of young men and the rise of lad culture

In Manning Up, Manhattan Institute fellow and City Journal contributing editor Kay Hymowitz argues that the gains of the feminist revolution have had a dramatic, unanticipated effect on the current generation of young men. Traditional roles of family man and provider have been turned upside down as ?pre-adult” men, stuck between adolescence and ?real” adulthood, find themselves lost in a world where women make more money, are more educated, and are less likely to want to settle down and build a family. Their old scripts are gone, and young men find themselves adrift. Unlike women, they have no biological clock telling them it’s time to grow up. Hymowitz argues that it’s time for these young men to ?man up.”

Book News
Hymowitz, author of Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age, examines the radical changes in male courting habits over the last 50 years. He asserts that in an economic and social landscape where the traditional male role has been made unnecessary and even, in many ways, undesirable, a new stage of male development has emerged. These man-children live out their 20's and 30's with fierce anti-domestic tendencies, thus presenting courtship difficulties for their female peers. Hymowitz attempts here to explain this change and what it means for the future of family life and society as a whole. This book will appeal to those with an interest in sociology and modern culture. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell Publishing
Dudes, guys, geeks, hipsters: Are they men or are they boys? Influential social critic Kay S. Hymowitz shows why lots of people especially young womenùaren't so sure, and why that matters to all of us.

Men in their twenties and thirties are ground zero for two radical shifts in contemporary life: delayed adulthood and an increasingly female-friendly economy. Settling into their careers, marrying, and having children later than ever before, young people are carving out a new "preadult" stage of life. Women are now the first sex among preadults. They are the majority of college grads, and are taking over new sectors of a recession-battered but still dynamic knowledge economy. From marketing to communications, design to nonprofits, a historic number of high-wage careers are not just open to women, but dominated by them.

And the men? From the outside, preadult men often seem like children, filling their leisure time with video games, Adam Sandler movies, indie bands, beer pong, and the company of inebriated women. But it's not all fun for men, and certainly not any fun for the women who would like them to grow up. With no clear life script, these men don't know what is expected of them either as men or as adults. Id the past, dating in the early adult years was largely a means to an endùmarriage and fatherhood. No more. Dating can mean a decade or more of miscues, bad breakups, and dead ends.

Meanwhile, marriage and parenthood can come in myriad forms or be skipped altogether. A biological clock tells women when preadulthood has to come to an end. Men? They have no pressing reason to ponder the sand in the hourglass. Why man up? Even when it comes to having children, women no longer seem to need them.

Thoroughly researched and bursting with radical implications for both present and future generations, Manning up is the essential book for understanding the dramatic changes that are taking place in the lives of young people across the globe.

& Taylor

Explores the unintended consequences of the feminist revolution—the infantilization of young men and the rise of "lad culture."

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780465018420
Branch Call Number: 155.332 HYM
Characteristics: 240 p


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Feminism lifts women up without bringing men down. This book doesnt seem to make any sense to me.

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