Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era By Michael S. Kimmel, Angry White Men American Masculinity at the End of an Era W e can t come off as a bunch of angry white men Robert Bennett chairman of the Ohio Republican PartyOne of the enduring legacies of the Presidential campaign was the demise of the white America
  • Title: Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era
  • Author: Michael S. Kimmel
  • ISBN: 9781568586960
  • Page: 478
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  • Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era By Michael S. Kimmel, W e can t come off as a bunch of angry white men Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican PartyOne of the enduring legacies of the 2012 Presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape On election night, after Obama was announced the winner, a distressed Bill O Reilly lamented that he didn t liv W e can t come off as a bunch of angry white men Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican PartyOne of the enduring legacies of the 2012 Presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape On election night, after Obama was announced the winner, a distressed Bill O Reilly lamented that he didn t live in a traditional America any He was joined by others who bellowed their grief on the talk radio airwaves, the traditional redoubt of angry white men Why were they so angry Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of the leading writers on men and masculinity in the world today, has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America s angry white men from white supremacists to men s rights activists to young students in pursuit of an answer Angry White Men presents a comprehensive diagnosis of their fears, anxieties, and rage.Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social and political shifts that have so transformed the American landscape Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privilege, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls aggrieved entitlement a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them.Angry White Men discusses, among others, the sons of small town America, scarred by underemployment and wage stagnation When America s white men feel they ve lived their lives the right way, worked hard and stayed out of trouble, and still do not get economic rewards, then they have to blame somebody else Even terrifying is the phenomenon of angry young boys School shootings in the United States are not just the work of misguided youth or troubled teens they re all committed by boys These alienated young men are transformed into mass murderers by a sense that using violence against others is their right.The future of America is inclusive and diverse The choice for angry white men is not whether or not they can stem the tide of history they cannot Their choice is whether or not they will be dragged kicking and screaming into that inevitable future, or whether they will walk openly and honorably far happier and healthier, incidentally alongside those they ve spent so long trying to exclude.
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    1. Michael S. Kimmel

      Michael Scott Kimmel is an American sociologist, specializing in gender studies He is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today The author or editor of than twenty volumes, his books include The Politics of Manhood, and The History of Men 2005.His documentary history, Against the Tide Pro Feminist Men in the United States, 1776 1990 Beacon, 1992 , chronicled men who supported women s equality since the founding of the country His book, Manhood in America A Cultural History 1996 was hailed as the definitive work on the subject Reviewers called the book wide ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting, superborough, impressive and fascinating His most recent book, Guyland The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men 2008 is a best selling investigation of young people s lives today, based on interviews with than 400 young men, ages 16 26 Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said that Michael Kimmel s Guyland could save the humanity of many young men and the sanity of their friends and parents Kimmel holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in New York, and is a spokesperson of NOMAS The National Organization For Men Against Sexism He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.

    423 thoughts on “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”

    1. White men are angry Some of them are angry at the government, some at minorities, some at their ex wives or feminists or even just women in general Some are angry at all of the above.This won t be news to feminist bloggers and activists dealing with ad hominem attacks or victim blaming postering campaigns from men s rights activists MRAs It won t shock the people who read or saw the news story yesterday about Jim Andre, the Alberta School Trustee who is refusing to resign after tweeting and retw [...]


    2. It s an important book, but at times I did feel like I was being pressured to empathize instead of simply understand Aggrieved entitlement does not justify the harm that is done, and while I m sure that s not what Kimmel was trying to say, I sometimes felt like I was being told, Hey don t hold it against them, they re inevitable Kimmel seems to think very highly of his readers, because he often doesn t explain why a certain point of view is problematic e.g men saying ladies night is sexist towar [...]


    3. this was not as good as it should have been it read like a sloppy rush job many editorial oversights depravation instead of deprivation than once , many inconsistencies on behalf of the author why point out the difference between correlation and causation when you want to argue spurious correlations, but leave the topic undiscussed when you like the implication why the seemingly haphazard use of footnotes so many questionable statements, too just one example p 238 perhaps as many as a half mill [...]


    4. This book starts strong and ends weak In a nutshell, Kimmel s thesis is that some of the extreme right wing politics comprised of white men stem from their sense of entitlement They feel not just downtrodden, but ripped off The direction of the anger is at minorities, feminists, sometimes Jews, nd gays Kimmel points out that this rage is misdirected at these groups when it should properly be aimed at the economic system that has caused skyrocketing inequality since the late 70s.That s true but [...]


    5. When I started reading this I sort of knew what was coming because I don t live on mars but I really wanted to see what a bona fide professor of sociology has to say about the phenomenon that is Angry White Men.What is depressing about the Angry White Men is that they just seem incapable of understanding any other point of view and of course, I do have another point of view, because I m not one of them The good news is that sociologists and others like Kimmel are trying to understand, and are sy [...]


    6. I thought I already knew everything there is to know about masculine entitlement, but I was clearly wrong Kimmel delves into the minds of men who feel like they are the new oppressed minority and provides a lot of insight about why they think and feel that way Coming from a feminist perspective, I hadn t really gotten a good look at this anywhere else because feminist scholarship reasonably does not focus much on the feelings of entitled white men.While Kimmel discusses race at various points in [...]


    7. A worrying analysis of raging white males in the age of Trump The world has changed depriving these men of their concept of masculinity The seek to return to an idealized past Trump will fail them as the world has changed and I expect them to be violent The people who need to read this are those white males in America who feel cheated of their birthright However these are the people who will be the least likely to read this book They live in the old American economy which voted for Trump as opp [...]


    8. I wish all the American angry white men and the women that love enable them would read this book and learn something They won t though, and the rest of us will continue to suffer for it.


    9. This was certainly a challenging read, in that I couldn t stand all of the contradictory logic, the racism, the sexism, the hateful scapegoating, and the overall absurdity of angry white men presented in this book I could only read a little at a time before I hit my threshold for BS There are so many different kinds of angry white men, and it was nauseating to read about them Honestly The author has compassion too much, if you ask me for the very few angry white men who have something approachin [...]


    10. This is an important book As Kimmel writes, the phenomenon of angry white men is so visible and widespread that were it happening with any other group say, black men or Asian women , it would be discussed incessantly Kimmel covers topics such as school rampage shootings, men s and fathers rights groups, men who commit violence against women, workplace violence, and white supremacist groups He draws out the sense of aggrieved entitlement that each of these men feel The world is changing around th [...]


    11. A look at a group of people who are trying to hold onto their America where white men were supreme and did not have to share Written in 2013, it is relevant in 2016 Ignored for so long, they believed that Donald Trump listened to them.



    12. Really qualitative, anecdotal, unacademic, doesn t tell us anything we don t know, doesn t propose solutions and doesn t describe the economic reality of these men although it constantly refers to it


    13. Three years after its original publication, Angry White Men seems at first glance to be half relevant than ever, half completely outdated The promised End of an Era of the subtitle seems not to have come to pass arguably, we are in an era of Angry White Male ascendancy But perhaps not Perhaps this moment is the last, white hot burst of anger before the futility of that anger dawns on those who express it or before those against whom it is mistakenly directed become powerful enough to restrain i [...]


    14. Angry White Men authored by Michael Kimmel PhD is a well researched, solid, yet sometimes shocking look at the new minority of white men These angry men feel entitled, a loss of power and male privilege, are quick to blame minorities, feminists, corporatists for their grievances This book is recommended for anyone interested in understanding these men, and the root cause of their rage, which can spill out into personal and community life Kimmel has authored many notable books, publications, and [...]


    15. This book was a bit of a non fictional break, given all the young adult fiction I ve been reading lately Sometimes it s hard to get into these kinds of books, with their dense and nuanced subjects, but that wasn t the case with this one It s written in an easy to read, accessible manner, for all it s covering some deep and complicated topics The gist of this book is that American culture is changing from a patriarchal one to an egalitarian one, and white men in particular are having a hard time [...]


    16. Who is really angry here It s the author I just can t get through this book I m quitting on page 112 I did jump ahead a few pages and to the epilogue to see if there were any changes in style, temperament, any answers or suggestions in how to move forward other than blaming everyone and everything but yourself on where you are in life, there is none Kimmel s repetitive writing style is annoying and frustrating to read through.His bio says he is a Sociology Professor yet his writing reminds me of [...]


    17. A well researched look at what the author calls the middle and lower class white men s aggrieved entitlement movement Basically, these men believe they are entitled to a standard of living as good as their fathers and grandfathers, but because of automation and global capitalism, they believe they re not getting it and they re not Instead of blaming capitalism and neoliberalism, however, the men look for closer targets and ones that seem most obvious to them feminist women, metrosexuals, and in [...]


    18. Interesting, but not very useful in understanding how to we make things better in our country I get that there are a lot of men who don t respect women, don t like their lives, feel totally victimized, and in turn do dangerous and hurtful things to friends, family, community, and themselves The one point Kimmel made about entitlement deserves study Where does it come from Hillbilly Elegy suggests it was the New Deal but that s a cop out and implies way too much connection I would argue it s an [...]


    19. They may not feel powerful, but they do feel entitled to feel powerful This book was fantastic The author explained a few different facets of masculinity, especially in historical and current American contexts, and how it has hurt and advantaged specific groups of people Highly structured and therefore rigid ideas of masculinity and femininity have contributed to much of the anger of men and women in America and I imagine in other places in the world, just expressed in their cultural context , a [...]


    20. Angry White Men does a very good sociological job of explaining who these men are, why sometimes justifiably there are so upset, and how almost invariably their anger is misplaced There are so many aspects of the book worth recommending, but perhaps some of the strongest are the portions where Kimmel interviews these men, and they explain in their own words how their anguish has been transformed into anger The only thing that detracts from the book is that I find Kimmel s writing style to be mil [...]


    21. Timely book but didn t go deep enough I ve had this book in my to read list for years but never got around to it until I realized it was available at the library Sadly it remains a timely, relevant read and so it seemed like now would be a good time as any to give it a go and see what it has to tell the reader The title is basically what it contains Author Kimmel looks at white men in the United States and looks at why they are angry They range from mass shooters at schools to Men s Rights Activ [...]


    22. If you already have an understanding of the cause of the angry white men issue, you won t get much from this book Not a lot I hadn t already pieced together But the book goes through quite the range of exploring all the nuances Worthwhile read if you want to understand .In summary the American Dream has been falling apart as the US lost its frontiers everything to be discovered to recreate yourself on has been settled established , but is still culturally believed after 100 years of asking for e [...]


    23. As a staunch liberal who was broken hearted over the 2016 election, this book gave me a fascinating avenue into the mind of the white male Trump voter What s interesting is that this book was published a few years before the election, before Trump was even on the political scene, and still ended up describing the mindset of Trump voters I never thought I would come close to understanding their views, but reading this helped tremendously Not in the least bit saying that I agree with those views F [...]


    24. In this book, Kimmel, a Jewish liberal sociologist, attempts to explain why white men become so angry, sometimes to the point of mass murder and genocide advocacy While Kimmel is clear that he doesn t believe white men are an oppressed class, he argues that men who join extremist groups are part of the downwardly mobile lower middle class, and that they suffer of aggrieved entitlement Kimmel describes this as the sense that those benefits to which you believed yourself entitled have been snatche [...]


    25. Two stars meaning it was okay I m not against the book nor do I dislike the author It was just so overly repetitive and then the suggestions for moving forward was so rushed It also lacks thoroughness in context I also think there is a lot lost in the attempt to make this a popular book And then of course there is the tragedy of its timing which was before Trump s skyrocketing as a politician The effort to reissue the book with an extra preface only further highlights the lack of context and exc [...]


    26. This book accurately sums up where we are today Angry white men and women who feel entitled to all privileges and resentful if anyone else gets an opportunity They lash out at minorities and immigrants who they believe are taking their jobs and benefits while their real enemies the wealthy leaders who outsource jobs, cut wages and benefits, eliminate unions, close factories rather than pay fair wages, put profits above people, work to eliminate workplace and environmental safety, increase the wo [...]


    27. Kimmel s liberalism is apparent throughout the book, especially in the sentence in which he quotes Emma Goldman in the same sentence as he references neo nazis Do I really need to point out how inappropriate it is to associate a Jewish leftist woman with white supremacists That s just the sort of half baked dissection you get from centrists.But he at least doesn t let white women off the hook for their contributions to white power movements That s a breath of fresh air, and something rarely seen [...]


    28. Written in 2015, this is the perfect book to understand the Trump era without reading directly about Trump The most interesting message to me is a twist on the famous Tolstoy quote every happy white man is happy in his own way, but every angry white man is alike suffering from aggrieved entitlement, emasculation, and some permutation of sexism racism While it s not an easy read, it does illuminate some of our current issues as a country Hold your nose and dive in if you want to figure out how to [...]


    29. A really interesting book I was hoping for some insight into why so many middle class and working class men voted for Trump, which would seem to be a move directly against their self interests I do feel like I got some insight, and the book was readable and approachable rather than some kind of lecture.


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