Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

By Susan Faludi

One of the main talked-about books of final yr, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Backlash now explores the cave in of conventional masculinity that has left males feeling betrayed. With Backlash in 1991, Susan Faludi broke new flooring whilst she positioned her finger at once at the challenge bedeviling girls, and the sunshine of popularity dawned on hundreds of thousands of her readers: what is making ladies depressing is not whatever they're doing to themselves within the identify of independence. it really is whatever our society is doing to ladies. The ebook was once not anything lower than a landmark. Now in Stiffed, the writer turns her awareness to the masculinity quandary plaguing our tradition on the finish of the '90s, an period of huge layoffs, "Angry White Male" politics, and Million guy marches. up to the tradition desires to proclaim that males are made miserable--or brutal or violent or irresponsible--by their internal nature and their hormones, Faludi unearths that even on this planet they supposedly personal and run, males are on the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their lives and break their probability at happiness. As conventional masculinity maintains to break down, the once-valued male attributes of craft, loyalty, and social application aren't any longer venerated, less rewarded. Faludi's trip in the course of the smooth masculine panorama takes her into the lives of person males whose bills show the center of the male problem. Stiffed brings us into the realm of commercial employees, activities fanatics, strive against veterans, evangelical husbands, militiamen, astronauts, and "bad" boys--whose feel that they have misplaced their abilities, jobs, civic roles, other halves, groups, and a safe destiny is just one symptom of a bigger and historical betrayal.

Show description

Preview of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man PDF

Best Feminism books

Our Blood: Prophecies and discourses on sexual politics

It is a choice of speeches Andrea Dworkin made in the course of the 1970's at any place she may well get her model of feminism throughout in a mostly patriarchal American society. As means of creation Dworkin tells of her struggles to be heard- specifically by means of different ladies and the (mostly undesirable) reactions she obtained from her lectures.

Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

Rae Langton the following attracts jointly her ground-breaking paintings on pornography and objectification. On pornography she argues from uncontroversial liberal premises to the debatable feminist conclusions that pornography subordinates and silences girls, and that girls have rights opposed to pornography. On objectification she starts off with the normal concept that objectification comprises treating someone as something, yet then indicates that it's via a type of self-fulfilling projection of ideals and perceptions of ladies as subordinate that ladies are made subordinate and handled as issues.

Fetishism and Curiosity (Perspectives)

Author and filmmaker Laura Mulvey is greatly considered as probably the most difficult and incisive modern feminist cultural theorists. a part of the Seventies iteration of British movie theorists and self sustaining filmmakers, she got here to prominence along with her vintage paintings at the pleasures, and displeasures, of narrative cinema, visible and different Pleasures.

No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women

“On the occasions of girls worldwide this day, this one e-book offers extra illumination and perception than a dozen others mixed. . . . Freedman’s survey is a triumph of world scope and expert precision. ”–NANCY F. COTT Professor of historical past, Harvard UniversityRepeatedly declared useless through the media, the women’s stream hasn't ever been as bright because it is at the present time.

Extra info for Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

Show sample text content

Ladies INVADE castle periods FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL’S historical past, Charleston’s information & Courier famous in its June 21, 1949- issue—a improvement that merited realize merely on web page 16. “Most male scholars took the appearance of the ‘amazons’ of their stride,” the paper said cheerfully. “Only the more youthful ones appeared in any respect uneasy. Professors and teachers have been downright happy to determine ladies of their sessions. ”30 The Vietnam conflict, keep in mind that, didn't encourage an analogous temper of leisure on campus. It used to be in these years that the Junior Sword Drill started mounting violent nocturnal escapades. “The fourth-class process used to be very physical,” acknowledged Wallace West, the school’s admissions director, who used to be an undergraduate on the fort in the course of the Vietnam years. “When i used to be there, there has been no precise emphasis on teachers, or on optimistic management. It used to be who can be labored to actual exhaustion. ” Alumni from those years take note being crushed with cypress stumps, coat hangers, broom handles, and rifle butts. “Sweat parties,” the place rookies have been compelled to do calisthenics in overheated rooms till they handed out, have been a standard prevalence. It used to be the period that encouraged Pat Conroy’s novel The Lords of self-discipline, a story of bad hazing, directed with distinct virulence opposed to the school’s first black cadet. “They simply tortured us,” Conroy recalled. He remembered cadets being pressured to hold by way of their hands from closets and being caught with sharp items within the anus and testicles. “It taught me the precise type of guy I didn’t are looking to be. ” In 1968, the management appointed a committee to enquire the violence. The committee issued a file that concluded, “there were major and vast abuses to the [fourth-class] procedure. ” With its powerful advice that hazing lead to expulsion, the file appeared to promise a extra pacific destiny on campus. 31 A decade later, although, because the state started to deindustrialize and younger men’s wages and standing started to fall, the chart of violence and cruelty on the fortress started to spike once again. In 1979, the fortress chosen a brand new president, Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, for his prestige as an army hero: he had survived 8 years in a POW camp in Vietnam. He did not see the purpose of synthetic adversity, and he used to be repelled by means of the emerging violence on campus. In an afterword to In Love and battle, a collaborative memoir by means of Stockdale and his spouse, Sybil, he wrote that there has been “something suggest and uncontrolled in regards to the regime I had simply inherited. ”32 On his first day within the president’s place of work, Stockdale opened a few table drawers and found “what grew to become out to be a Pandora’s field. From the pinnacle down, what used to be written at the papers I took out of the table drawers—and conversations with a few of their authors—was adequate to wreck anybody’s middle. ” attribute was once a letter from an infuriated father who desired to recognize what had occurred to his son “to switch him from a level-headed, positive, competitive person to a fatigued, irrational, stressed and sour one.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.39 of 5 – based on 35 votes