Also, although Mansfield covers an enormous amount of ground in this book there is one important question which he ignores, namely the relation between manliness
is not something to which we merely should defer, but rather something for which we must provide guidance.
Like some other recent collections, we recognize that manliness
is not a once and forever victory, and it is a fraught business.
Elsewhere in the series, the foul-mouthed chef challenges Top Gear presenter James May to eat disgusting foodstuffs as a "test of manliness
You may not have been amused by the Snickers commercial that had two straight men proving their "manliness
" by ripping out their chest hair, but many of us found it a delightful send-up of homophobia.
is the new ideal in the Christian men's movement.
, and wisdom called for self-control and coolness of temper." But Wood's grasp of history can be quite slippery: in the election of 1800, the tie in the Electoral College was not, as Wood says, between Jefferson and his Federalist opponent John Adams, but between Jefferson and his own running mate, Aaron Burr; and if "L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace" was "the cry of yesterday's avant-garde," as Wood says, it's because they were quoting Frederick the Great.
That men still kill animals in order to put their dead body parts up on the wall as evidence of their manliness
seems to me primitive and barbaric.
Even as black militia companies, post-Reconstruction, were forcibly eliminated, "quasi-military" secret and fraternal orders like Savannah's Knights of Pythias in 1906 took over: "the men in uniform may not have been in the militia, but the local black newspaper reported their maneuvers as though they were." (73) According to Brundage, a "preoccupation with black manliness
" "circumscribed black women's roles in commemorations until at least World War I," (83) a point that might productively engage Glenda Gilmore (Gender and Jim Crow)'s argument regarding the alleged dominance of black women in post-Reconstruction public roles.
Surridge investigates the social dialogue regarding marital violence, the presumed privacy of the home, and notions of manliness
. Her argument usefully charts the evolution of feminist rhetoric against marital violence alongside the positions that tended to conserve traditional gender roles.
It's a safe bet that the National Organization for Women will not be offering Harvard political scientist Harvey Mansfield's new book Manliness
as a membership gift any time soon.
IT'S A TOUGH job defending manliness
in the age of irony.