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Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

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One of the most talked-about books of last year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Backlash now explores the collapse of traditional masculinity that has left men feeling betrayed. With Backlash in 1991, Susan Faludi broke new ground when she put her finger directly on the problem bedeviling women, and the light of recognition dawned on millions of her readers: what's making women miserable isn't something they're doing to themselves in the name of independence. It's something our society is doing to women. The book was nothing less than a landmark. Now in Stiffed, the author turns her attention to the masculinity crisis plaguing our culture at the end of the '90s, an era of massive layoffs, "Angry White Male" politics, and Million Man marches. As much as the culture wants to proclaim that men are made miserable--or brutal or violent or irresponsible--by their inner nature and their hormones, Faludi finds that even in the world they supposedly own and run, men are at the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their lives and destroy their chance at happiness. As traditional masculinity continues to collapse, the once-valued male attributes of craft, loyalty, and social utility are no longer honored, much less rewarded. Faludi's journey through the modern masculine landscape takes her into the lives of individual men whose accounts reveal the heart of the male dilemma. Stiffed brings us into the world of industrial workers, sports fans, combat veterans, evangelical husbands, militiamen, astronauts, and troubled "bad" boys--whose sense that they've lost their skills, jobs, civic roles, wives, teams, and a secure future is only one symptom of a larger and historic betrayal. With Backlash in 1991, Susan Faludi broke new ground when she put her finger directly on the problem bedeviling women, and the light of recognition dawned on millions of her readers: what's making women miserable isn't something they're doing to themselves in the name of independence. It's something our society is doing to women. The book was nothing less than a landmark.

Now in Stiffed, the author turns her attention to the masculinity crisis plaguing our culture at the end of the '90s, an era of massive layoffs, "Angry White Male" politics, and Million Man marches. As much as the culture wants to proclaim that men are made miserable--or brutal or violent or irresponsible--by their inner nature and their hormones, Faludi finds that even in the world they supposedly own and run, men are at the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their lives and destroy their chance at happiness. As traditional masculinity continues to collapse, the once-valued male attributes of craft, loyalty, and social utility are no longer honored, much less rewarded.

Faludi's journey through the modern masculine landscape takes her into the lives of individual men whose accounts reveal the heart of the male dilemma. Stiffed brings us into the world of industrial workers, sports fans, combat veterans, evangelical husbands, militiamen, astronauts, and troubled "bad" boys--whose sense that they've lost their skills, jobs, civic roles, wives, teams, and a secure future is only one symptom of a larger and historic betrayal.With Backlash in 1991, Susan Faludi broke new ground when she put her finger directly on the problem bedeviling women, and the light of recognition dawned on millions of her readers: what's making women miserable isn't something they're doing to themselves in the name of independence. It's something our society is doing to women. The book was nothing less than a landmark.

Now in Stiffed, the author turns her attention to the masculinity crisis plaguing our culture at the end of the '90s, an era of massive layoffs, "Angry White Male" politics, and Million Man marches. As much as the culture wants to proclaim that men are made miserable--or brutal or violent or irresponsible--by their inner nature and their hormones, Faludi finds that even in the world they supposedly own and run, men are at the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their lives and destroy their chance at happiness. As traditional masculinity continues to collapse, the once-valued male attributes of craft, loyalty, and social utility are no longer honored, much less rewarded.

Faludi's journey through the modern masculine landscape takes her into the lives of individual men whose accounts reveal the heart of the male dilemma. Stiffed brings us into the world of industrial workers, sports fans, combat veterans, evangelical husbands, militiamen, astronauts, and troubled "bad" boys--whose sense that they've lost their skills, jobs, civic roles, wives, teams, and a secure future is only one symptom of a larger and historic betrayal.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 611-650) and index.

About the Author

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A contributing editor for Newsweek and a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she has written for many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, Double Take, and The Nation. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

  1. pt. 1.Departures
  2. ch. 1.Son, the moon, and the stars: the promise of postwar manhood
  3. pt. 2.Utility men
  4. ch. 2.Nothing but big work: From shipyards to space, the closing of the American job
  5. ch. 3.Girls have all the power: What's troubling troubled boys
  6. ch. 4.Good dawg will always remain loyal: The Cleveland Browns skip town
  7. ch. 5.Where am I in the kingdom?: a Christian quest for manhood
  8. pt. 3.Evil empires
  9. ch. 6.Gone to soldiers, every one: the Vietnam War that no one dodged
  10. ch. 7.Creature in the mirror: the Fantasy Cavalry to the rescue
  11. ch. 8.Burning down the house: the fire last time in Waco, Texas
  12. pt. 4.Hood ornaments
  13. ch. 9.Man in a can: moon walkers, ghetto stars, and cross-dressers in a Gilded Age
  14. ch. 10.Waiting for wood: a death on the New Frontier
  15. pt. 5.Destinations
  16. ch. 11.Parting shots: the fighter still remains
  17. ch. 12.Rebels in the kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688122997
Subtitle:
The Betrayal of the American Man
Author:
Faludi, Susan
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Masculinity (psychology)
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Masculinity -- United States.
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19990922
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.60x6.53x1.96 in. 2.49 lbs.

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