February 4, 2005

Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

In this interview at MotherJones.com, Susan Faludi, author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, paints a frightening vision of the brutal forces that have been, and are shaping masculinity today. Far from being an attack on men, Susan is on "our side," and calling men to awarnenss and positive action.

She talks about the "cultural betrayal" of men, "the ways men, like women, are imprisoned in cultural stereotypes," and why our boys, in the absence of clear path to positive manhood, turn angry and self-destructive. Here is a little taste of her interview.

"I don't see how you can be a feminist and not think about men. One of the gross misconceptions about feminism is that it's only about women. But in order for women to live freely, men have to live freely, too. Feminism has shown us that what we think of as feminine is actually defined by cultural messages and political agendas. The same holds true for men and for what constitutes masculinity. Being a feminist opens your eyes to the ways men, like women, are imprisoned in cultural stereotypes."

Like my book, Susan's book calls men to action. I own it and it's very much worth a read.

Click on the title below to order this book from Amazon:
Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

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