This is an incredible book I strongly advise reading it Faludi an award winner journalist and feminist takes a compassionate and honest Experiential Learning look into the condition of the American male This is a great book for any feminist or minority activist who is inclined toay the entire burden of the countries problems on the so called Angry White Male The book takes the ong view on the problem and traces the roots of the problem back to
the second worldsecond World and suggests that men are as shaped by society as they are the authors of it In fact even the most powerful of men have has as much done to them as they have acted out upon She dares to ask the uestion as to who the angry white man is and why exactly is he so angry in the first place A good deal of the book focuses on the baby boomers of the post Word War II era and it examines how society made a ot of promises to them and then proceeded to break every one of them Once upon a time No After World War II American soldiers returned home with a egacy and a dream to pass on to their sons Space exploration Academia Scientific research Art The American sons built on that egacy They were a great generation because the DID something They BUILT something Fast forward to the A New Philosophy of History late 20th Century Men face a new world defined by mergers acuisitions stock market bravado that moved money and credit from shell to shell And they startedosing their jobs Laid off again and again At the dawn of the 21st Century American men could reinforce their masculinity and their agency by BEING Or APPEARING to be something Suddenly the system that has always defined women by appearance by sexiness and celebrity started gobbling up boys and men who in turn felt castrated Instead of Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction looking at the massive corporate paradigm shift that displaced men from farm from naval shipyard and from the manager s office weooked at women Women were beginning to pass men up Women were beginning to delay marriage and develop careers And men felt istless and cheated foreverLike Backlash Stiffed is ong and dense But it puts the responsibility of this great cultural neutering of men where it belongs It points to the growth of media influence the ever growing FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck lust for corporate profits and the notion of masculinity itself as culpritsStiffed asks for a cool headed exploration of the major changes in manufacturing and international trade thated to the corporate jettisoning of men from their place as breadwinner And it succeeds It s an interesting book and a compassionate one too but it s ultimately a failure to me For a book whose title proclaims it to be about a betrayal it spends very ittle time on the subject of the betrayers concentrating instead on the problems of the betrayed Not that these problems are not real or worthy of study just that this is a book about symptoms not causes Indeed even its diagnosis of symptoms is incompleteFaludi repeatedly fails to
COME TO GRIPS WITH THE HOWto grips with the how why of the title s betrayal This is a book about two generations of men baby boomers and gen x ers It conspicuously fails to interrogate the men who were these men s fathers and grandfathers or to ask why they did what they did It shies away any time it gets close to portraying the true villains who get to remain mostly faceless corporate and government functionaries as if downsizing and asset stripping are merely weather conditions whose cause cannot be guessed at The fact that with one exception rags to riches story Sly Stallone every rich man who appears in this book is shown to be callous and duplicitous apparently fails to register on Faludi who talks in the conclusion of the men s struggle as being different from the women s primarily in acking an easily identifiable enemy On the contrary the enemy is identified several times in the book but Faludi apparently fails to recognise him every timeThat said if you want to read about how the The Man from Beijing last few decades worth of social and economic trends have affected a somewhat representative sample of American men this is your book But this is a book that raises uestions than provides answers and I dike it a Creating Lasting Value lot if I didn t get the nagging feeling that theack of answers is due to a certain unwillingness on the author s part to think too deeply about the uestions This is a beautifully written book about masculinity in America I credit this book with sparking my interest in gender studies and American Studies. One of the most talked about books of recent years in Stiffed the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Backlash explores the collapse of traditional masculinity that has Understanding Markets and Strategy 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 theight 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 Montana Dreams less than aand. .
How much better America was back in their father s day She even interviews somebody who wanted those great times back by ominously yearning for what he called variously and approvingly a police state a dictatorship or a controlled environment a state in which the old system would be reimposed his status restored and the reins of authority returned to a benevolent but firm white male management The racial attitude that he shared with others at the center buttressed a masculinity based on exclusion and privilege Keep in mind that that uote is from 1995 or so when she was doing research on this book and that this was a so called booming economy that was making men feel this way It s Immerwelt - Der Pakt little surprise that these feelings broke out into the mainstream after a horrific recession Her men try religion going to war working with their hands working in pornososing themselves in sports fandom writing action books but no matter what they try they feel Modern South Asia like they areess of a man than their father s generation since they are playing by the same assumptions and rules that really don t apply to them There is no Picture Theory longer a common enemy to unite against and the ones they come up with don t uite work the way Nazis did On top of thatoyalty is a fool s game in modern corporate America and factory jobs can barely get you a iving wage The men are trapped in an ideology with no easy way out and are therefore susceptible to demagoguery that promises easy fixes and yes common "enemies to rally against Faludi warns us about the trap and discusses solutions to the problem Perhaps men can start "to rally against Faludi warns us about the trap and discusses solutions to the problem Perhaps men can start hard uestions and reach down deep within themselves and see that they aren t so different than feminists after all They are both trapped in fake gender roles that are impossible to fulfill and are egged on by a consumerist society of marketing that promises them that attaining manhood or femininity is just a purchase away It will be the toughest battle yet but what if the struggling man stops ooking for easy answers and slips his way out of the trap and instead of judging himself by how many pterodactyls he whacks with his club before dragging them home for his wife to cook he actualizes himself in a humanist project that transcends gender and thereby would also remove himself as an obstacle in the struggle for female euality Or he could just stay bitter put on a red cap and try to vote his way into a past that never existed Faludi almost outdid Backlash The Undeclared War Against American Women here documenting the way brutal sex role stereotypes caught up to the XY chromosomes of the species The betrayal is that men thought they d becomecivilized educated fine manners damn even eual household duties but the culture wanted Macho Men The military demanded it and the way US society pitted individuals against each other rewarded the tough guyI did a workshop on gender stereotypes in an elementary school right outside of Hanover NH home of Dartmouth College so was a mix of professors and professional class kids and working class ones A father came up to me afterward and oudly hissed don t go feminizing my boy because I discussed cultural expectations that still tracked men into STEM careers and women into the helping
I even argued that maybe that was a good thing we tout female MDs yet 90% were in five main OBGYN Peds Fam Psychiatry Gerontology No problem right Salary five years after internship had men with almost double average salaries because they went into the specialitiesones I even argued that maybe that was a good thing we tout female MDs yet 90% were in five main
instead of the helping areas Maybe it s good for society to sex role stereotype weof the helping areas Maybe it s good for society to sex role stereotype we to ask our studentsFaludi hits home on how our culture make men obsess about their physical appearance and shape as much as women some time now There is terrific Tough Guise Violence Media and the Crisis in Masculinity and I ve seen amazing pictures that don t ie right of the most famous boy s toy doll GI Joe where the Aristotle Detective (Aristotle line of each decades iteration from the 1960s to the 2000s as I recall had Mattel produce the best seller boy doll with obvious and grotesuearger and bulkier chests and forearms By the doll of the 2000s it s a wonder as if those soldiers were real they may Bones, Clones, and Biomes likely be incapable of bending over to tie their own shoes We need men as aggressive robots violent monstersThis has preciousittle to do with sex differences in brain or body but popularlay science would have us believe differentl. Lapse the once valued male attributes of craft oyalty and social utility are no onger honored much ess rewardedFaludi's journey through the modern masculine andscape takes her into the Building the Cold War 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'veost their skills jobs civic roles wives teams and a secure future is only one symptom of a arger and historic betray.