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Title:
Masculinity & morality
Author:
May, Larry.
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Publication Information:
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 188 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780801434181

9780801484421
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Book

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What does it mean to be a morally responsible man? Psychology and the law have offered reasons to excuse men for acting aggressively. In this collection of essays, the author argues against standard accounts of traditional male behaviour, discussing male anger, paternity, pornography, rape, sexual harrassment, the exclusion of women and what he terms the myth of uncontrollable male sexuality. While refuting the platitudes of the popular men's movement, the book seeks to challenge men to reassess and change behaviour which has had detrimental effects on the lives of women and of men.


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"In this set of essays on topics like pornography, rape, sexual harassment, the Citadel, and paternity, Larry May develops a distinct moral vision that rejects traditional definitions of masculinity without requiring that we cease to be men in order to act ethically. Bracing, fresh, and insightful, these essays make it possible for men to be both masculine and moral."--Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History "Larry May is a careful philosopher who asks interesting and important questions about the interpersonal and social responsibilities of men in a society of continuing injustice to women. He makes precise distinctions and good arguments in answering those questions. A first-rate book."--Iris M. Young, author of Justice and the Politics of Difference"People are too used to books about 'gender' being about women. Larry May's book challenges men to think about why issues like pornography, sexuality, rape, harassment, and all-male institutions are their moral and social problems, too. May's arguments for men's shared responsibility in these matters of intense popular debate are always clear and often provocative. They make discussion hard to resist. This book is an excellent choice for courses in ethics or feminism."--Margaret Urban Walker, Fordham University


Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

May (philosophy, Washington Univ., St. Louis) addresses several gender-related issues from a "group-oriented" point of view. In obvious sympathy with feminist philosophy, he contends that men need to alter their behavior toward women, rejecting the position that innate qualities or badgering compel them to behave as they do. To May, men's sins are many and various. Men are collectively responsible for rape, and certain types of pornography harm women through their cumulative effect. May assumes more consensus on his goals than seems justified, but he provides a well-articulated account of a distinctive stance on major issues. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.‘David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

May (Washington Univ., St. Louis) writes about masculinity from a "progressive standpoint" that acknowledges the harm to women caused by traditional male roles, accepts personal responsibility for participating in and benefiting from a sexist system, and attempts to promote personal as well as societal change. Discussions range from conceptual investigations of masculinity and collective responsibility to analysis of such gender-related ethical issues as pornography, rape, paternity, and sexual harassment, and include practical proposals for the resocialization of men. A number of May's conclusions are grounded in his views of collective responsibility and group harm, in which under certain conditions individuals can be at least partially responsible for harms that their group has visited on members of another group, even though these individuals may not have directly participated in their commission. An important consequence of May's view of responsibility (which undoubtedly will be resisted by some) is that even those men who have not raped are partially responsible for such acts because they contribute to and in various ways benefit from the "culture of rape." All levels. G. Pech College of St. Catherine


Library Journal Review

May (philosophy, Washington Univ., St. Louis) addresses several gender-related issues from a "group-oriented" point of view. In obvious sympathy with feminist philosophy, he contends that men need to alter their behavior toward women, rejecting the position that innate qualities or badgering compel them to behave as they do. To May, men's sins are many and various. Men are collectively responsible for rape, and certain types of pornography harm women through their cumulative effect. May assumes more consensus on his goals than seems justified, but he provides a well-articulated account of a distinctive stance on major issues. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.‘David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

May (Washington Univ., St. Louis) writes about masculinity from a "progressive standpoint" that acknowledges the harm to women caused by traditional male roles, accepts personal responsibility for participating in and benefiting from a sexist system, and attempts to promote personal as well as societal change. Discussions range from conceptual investigations of masculinity and collective responsibility to analysis of such gender-related ethical issues as pornography, rape, paternity, and sexual harassment, and include practical proposals for the resocialization of men. A number of May's conclusions are grounded in his views of collective responsibility and group harm, in which under certain conditions individuals can be at least partially responsible for harms that their group has visited on members of another group, even though these individuals may not have directly participated in their commission. An important consequence of May's view of responsibility (which undoubtedly will be resisted by some) is that even those men who have not raped are partially responsible for such acts because they contribute to and in various ways benefit from the "culture of rape." All levels. G. Pech College of St. Catherine


Table of Contents

acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Anger, Desire, and Moral Responsibilityp. 8
2 Paternity and Commitmentp. 24
3 Sexuality and Confessionp. 42
4 Pornography and Pollutionp. 58
5 Rape and Collective Responsibilityp. 79
6 Sexual Harassment and Solidarityp. 98
8 A Progressive Male Standpointp. 135
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 183
acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Anger, Desire, and Moral Responsibilityp. 8
2 Paternity and Commitmentp. 24
3 Sexuality and Confessionp. 42
4 Pornography and Pollutionp. 58
5 Rape and Collective Responsibilityp. 79
6 Sexual Harassment and Solidarityp. 98
8 A Progressive Male Standpointp. 135
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 183

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