"GUYLAND: THE PERILOUS WORLD WHERE BOYS BECOME MEN"
Lecture and Discussion featuring
DR. MICHAEL KIMMEL, PhD, Author & Sociologist, is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today
Moderated by SHELBY KNOX, nationally known feminist organizer & subject of the Sundance award-winning film, "The Education of Shelby Knox"
"Michael Kimmel's Guyland could save the humanity of many young men— and the sanity of their friends and parents— by explaining the forces behind a newly extended adolescence. With accuracy and empathy, he names the problem and offers compassionate bridges to adulthood."
— Gloria Steinem
Obsessed with never wanting to grow up, this demographic, which is 22 million strong, craves video games, sports and depersonalized sexual relationships. Kimmel offers a highly practical guide to male youth.
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July 14th, Wednesday
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DR. MICHAEL KIMMEL, PhD
Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) 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," "superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating." One reviewer wrote that "Kimmel's humane, path breaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism" while another called it "the most wide-ranging, clear-sighted, accessible book available on the mixed fortunes of masculinity in the United States." (A 10th anniversary edition was published by Oxford University Press.)
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 more than 400 young men, ages 16-26. Featured in major television and radio interviews, the books was widely reviewed and praised in all major media outlets. "If you've ever had a conversation with a teenage boy and wondered what on earth was going on…this book will serve you well." And 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." Feature film rights were optioned to Dreamworks.
Kimmel is a Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.
Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. She has appeared on Today, the Daily Show, Hardball, and sat down with both Dr. Phil and Al Franken to discuss sex education, youth activism, and her varying states of virginity. She travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil disobedience in the name of reproductive justice and sexual health. She consults for the Girls Leadership Institute, Plan B and Trojan, among others. She's has an essay in the recently published Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and RH Reality Check. Shelby lives in New York City, where she is working on a book about the fourth wave of feminist activism and plotting the revolution via Twitter, handle @ShelbyKnox.