The Jessie Bernard Reader is a wonderful gift to all of us, whether sociologist or lay reader. Although reluctant to wear the mantle of feminism, Professor Bernard was a feminist before the Second Wave came along to give it heft. In her quiet insistence that empirical work mattered and her demonstration of that belief in her work she helped to change the face of sociology and made a lasting contribution to the study of gender. Her notion of a his and her marriage and her critical examination of motherhood were revolutionary for the time and permanently changed our understanding of both the dynamics of marriage and the romantic myths surrounding motherhood. --Lillian B. Rubin, Ph.D.
About the Author
Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New YorkStony Brook. His recent books include The Gendered Society (2nd ed. 2003) and Manhood: A Cultural History (2nd ed. 2006), and he coedited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2004) and Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2004). He is founder and editor of the Men and Masculinities journal and spokesperson for the National Organization for Men against Sexism (NOMAS). Yasemin Besen received her Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New YorkStony Brook in 2005. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. Her publications focus on gender, work, and youth.