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The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment Paperback – March 1, 1987
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This book addresses the disconnect between traditional gender roles and reality that has been building up steadily since the industrial revolution. The trend toward industrialization came to a head during WWI and especially WWII when many women worked in factories to produce munitions used by their husbands to kill. As the sudden return of men from great carnage sparked the baby boom, the notion of the "housewife" came to describe women's return to domesticity aided with a new arsenal of household gadgets and appliances. Betty Friedan wrote "The Feminine Mystique", in response to the vacuousness of this newly created paradigm of the suburban housewife paradise. Her book pointed out the absurdity of the domestic female role when modern conveniences had rendered them obsolete. Even childrearing was becoming usurped from the domain of women by the increasing institutionalization of public schools as day care centers.
A quarter century after Betty Friedan's landmark book, Barbara Ehrenreich finally gave men the same insight into how their roles have become outmoded in response to historical changes. If the feminist protest was against viewing females as mere baby-factories, this book critiques the socialization of men into being either breadwinners, or soldiers willing to sacrifice their lives in war.Read more ›
The result is a book that's not only a brilliant chronicle of how the sexual revolution has changed men's lives, but an honest attempt to grapple with what it all means for women. It's a fascinating read -- her reinterpretation of Playboy alone is worth the work.
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The book came quickly and in great condition. The pages were just slightly yellowed from age, but that was expected with the low cost.Published on September 17, 2013 by CT
Required for a class I had to take. It was a decent book but not good enough for me to finish. Most likely because it was required.Published on June 21, 2010 by BinYong
I just got to reading this book (A few days after the 30 day return period) and realized the book is missing about 30 pages(Chapter six and seven)! Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by S. Kennedy
With the notable exception of the Anglo-American versions, most revolutions are premised on the belief that the existing structure of society has been artificially imposed and... Read morePublished on July 3, 2001 by Orrin C. Judd