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The book is biased, research methodology is questionable, still it is a useful read
on April 27, 2017
I read this book as a masculinity scholar and someone who is familiar with the US university campus culture. Kimmel makes some good observations, however, he is extrapolating too much and does not give a full account of a methodology used for this research. I see it as a cautionary tale rather than a serious academic research.
-- many interviews
-- interesting anecdotes from campus life
-- a rare book focusing on males and masculinity
-- Kimmel gives a disclaimer that the book talks only about a small percentage of young men
-- questionable methodology
-- despite the disclaimer, the book leads reader to believe that all young men follow the Guy Code
-- the book stresses negative aspects of masculinity, but it mentions no positive examples, except in a disclaimer and only in regard to ethnic and racial minorities
-- Kimmel robs women of agency and dismisses them despite a growing body of research indicating that women play an important role in establishing and propagating ideals of masculinity
-- the book does not hide its strong underlying feminist agenda: It is not an objective academic research
-- Kimmel needs a better editor: The book is full of unnecessary repetitions
I would not rely on this book as a comprehensive overview of young adult male culture. I would also be cautious to use it as an academic source. However, I see it as a useful example of the contemporary conversation about gender.