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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I suppose most perceptive people of really all generations can tell you that kids aren’t the same today that they were years ago. Related to this, I took issue with such ideas as girls wearing jeans denoting their participation in “guyification. Another part of the blame is given to alumni, who kick up a fuss when college administrations actually do try to implement policies to curb date rape and excessive drinking.

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.

Book Review: “Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men” by Michael Kimmel

It is a societal and cultural issue, not just a guy issue. Were the women also leaving the world of women?

Feeling loved and supported, nurtured and safe, is far more critical than the ‘package’ it comes in. Guyland, as described in the book of the same name, is a world occupied by a specific type of privileged, entitled, young, white male, one who probably watches The Man Show on SpikeTV and listens to gangsta rap with no hint of irony.

Mar 19, A. They genuinely don’t know what growing up means and fear that it’s probably a ball and chain on their happiness and freedom and no one is giving them any hints at all. I would like to mfn him explore that more thoroughly. I guess I’m being too hard on it, though. This was a point I never felt he explicated well, just assuming the entitlement was purely based on their manhood.


Refresh and try again. While me easy to be dismissive of that “I’ve never been at a party where a bunch of bros gang-raped somebody,” I also think it serves as an apt subject matter because frat culture contains the most highly-concentrated “guy”-ness.

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

The book’s message is one of male privilege and power, how that power perpetuates itself, and the fact that many males are uncomfortable with such, even th they periloua such actions because it’s how they “should” be.

This book was published in for goodness’ sake! The style with which Kimmel writes about many of these topics quickly told me the book was not written for me, which makes sense, as he seems to largely direct his writing toward parents of these boys; to figures who can act as parents, mentors, et cetera.

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. While all this is true about much of the men in those age groups. So the question is: He seemed to put a little too much faith that things can change, but I guess he couldn’t be a complete downer.

Kimmel has written extensively about this culture booys no name, a culture that appears so ubiquitous on large, public U. However, it also ensures the book remains within its scope, which is a description of upper-middle class American male culture. Also, Kimmel occasionally takes a sanctimonious, condescending tone. It could have stretched itself. 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 menn their partner.


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

Guyland – Wikipedia

Where was the research? That depth of knowledge and academic experience really elevates the book. I’m not sure that the problem with guyland has any easy solution. However, it also seemed he shoehorned some of his arguments in to fit a point he wanted to make, such as videogames and rap allowing for males to appropriate a symbolic blackface.

Kimmel’s writing is not overly dense, but he definitely still sounds intelligent and this book is still very well researched on the whole. Here’s where this first pops up: Wrong choice – see answer 1.

Wellll, there were a bunch. Mar 12, Jessica rated it liked it.

A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

You can kinda tell from my language here that this conforms with my observations of reality. 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 preilous, with the guys that we know and love.

I think a lot of the spirit and deeper issues are touched on, but some of the specifics and the path he takes are weak.