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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful study of masculinity
Susan Bordo has written insightfully about women's perceptions of their bodies, and she now focuses those perceptive skills on men. Anyone expecting a feminist to engage in male-bashing will be relieved to find that Bordo genuinely likes men, and she writes with clarity and humor about their bodies and how they are socially understood. Beginning with an emotion-rich...
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing effort from someone who knows better.
Don't expect anything approaching a scholarly critique of masculinity and modern culture in this maddeningly mundane, soon-to-be-outdated litany of social observations, which avoid challenging the reader at all cost. Bardo is capable of so much more. In describing herself as a "philosopher of culture" in this book, she has excused herself from engaging in...
Published on 30 Aug. 1999


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful study of masculinity, 21 July 1999
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Susan Bordo has written insightfully about women's perceptions of their bodies, and she now focuses those perceptive skills on men. Anyone expecting a feminist to engage in male-bashing will be relieved to find that Bordo genuinely likes men, and she writes with clarity and humor about their bodies and how they are socially understood. Beginning with an emotion-rich eassay about her father, she then moves on to discuss how biology and society converge to create our views about how men should (and shouldn't) behave. The chapter called "Gentleman or Beast?" is of the most insightful essays I've ever encountered on the psychological pressures experienced by boys in our society. Leave behind the trite banalities of the "Men are from Mars" crowd: Bordo really gets to the meat of the issues. One of the best books on gender I've ever encountered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful study of masculinity, 21 July 1999
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Susan Bordo has written insightfully about women's perceptions of their bodies, and she now focuses those perceptive skills on men. Anyone expecting a feminist to engage in male-bashing will be relieved to find that Bordo genuinely likes men, and she writes with clarity and humor about their bodies and how they are socially understood. Beginning with an emotion-rich eassay about her father, she then moves on to discuss how biology and society converge to create our views about how men should (and shouldn't) behave. The chapter called "Gentleman or Beast?" is of the most insightful essays I've ever encountered on the psychological pressures experienced by boys in our society. Leave behind the trite banalities of the "Men are from Mars" crowd: Bordo really gets to the meat of the issues. One of the best books on gender I've ever encountered.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing effort from someone who knows better., 30 Aug. 1999
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Don't expect anything approaching a scholarly critique of masculinity and modern culture in this maddeningly mundane, soon-to-be-outdated litany of social observations, which avoid challenging the reader at all cost. Bardo is capable of so much more. In describing herself as a "philosopher of culture" in this book, she has excused herself from engaging in serious discourse (and "disses" the notion of discourse in the process!) on men and masculinity and instead, churns out what she hopes will be a Gail Sheehy-style best seller.Unless you're fascinated with lengthy musings on Hollywood and Madison Avenue's manipulation of the male image, skip this one.
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The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private
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