Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity

Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity Gary Cross
  • Title: Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity
  • Author: Gary Cross
  • ISBN: 9780231144308
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity Gary Cross Men to Boys The Making of Modern Immaturity Adam Sandler movies HBO s Entourage and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy man Addicted to video games comic books extreme sports and dressing
    Adam Sandler movies, HBO s Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy man Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embracAdam Sandler movies, HBO s Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy man Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embrace the self sacrificing demands of adulthood.When did maturity become the ultimate taboo Men have gone from idolizing Cary Grant to aping Hugh Grant, shunning marriage and responsibility well into their twenties and thirties Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity Cross matches the rise of the American boy man to trends in twentieth century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity.Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past He finds that men of the Greatest Generation might have embraced their role as providers but were confused by the contradictions and expectations of modern fatherhood Their uncertainty gave birth to the Beats and men who indulged in childhood hobbies and boyish sports Rather than fashion a new manhood, baby boomers held onto their youth and, when that was gone, embraced Viagra Without mature role models to emulate or rebel against, Generation X turned to cynicism and sensual intensity, and the media fed on this longing, transforming a life stage into a highly desirable lifestyle Arguing that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, Cross concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.
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    1. Gary Cross proposes some interesting theories about why the standards of adulthood and maturity are changing One intriguing idea is that advertising and consumerism are increasingly encouraging us to to indulge in the present moment instead of strive for long term achievement based status icons After all, men who focus on saving and providing for their families make much poorer consumers than those who remain in a prolonged adolescence marked by obsession with appearance and product based self i [...]

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    2. My grandmother used to tell me to enjoy my youth, because the fun stopped with the coming of adulthood Men to Boys The Making of Modern Immaturity, by Gary Cross, defines the phenomenon of basement boys or boy men the guys who move back in with mom and dad to play video games and watch violent adventure movies Cross s thesis is that men s traditional roles were transformed because there were no longer farms or home workshops that enabled the father to participate in child rearing mass industrial [...]

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    3. Not a good book, though it does occasionally have its moments Gary Cross shines when he is analyzing his own culture generation and experience and maybe his parents generation At least I think he does But he has very little idea about the culture that follows He uses roller coasters to function as a representative of modern trends like paintball maybe , extreme sports doubtful and raves what the heck Or seeing the Simpsons primary influence on TV as the switching of gender roles for Bart and Lis [...]

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    4. Despite my liking of Cross s work, I was afraid that this book will be a rambling attack on newer generations for not being like the older Luckily, it s not like that The book looks at the changes that masculinity underwent as a result of popular media, consumer culture, etc in the 20th century Cross does not give into nostalgia about past generations He rather sees the current situation as the result of a multi generational development, including the myths of true masculinity that these generat [...]

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    5. This book got too personal to the author he often compared his own experiences to the subject of the book The subjectivity detracted from the research, I think, though his heart was in the right place But overall, it was a good read and brought up some important questions, social contexts, and problems Gen X and later faces what happens when eternal youth fades Even timely now that the boomers are hitting retirement age.

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    6. I gave up on this book Thought it would hsve an interesting thesis but never really found a focus to his arguments I got lost in endless academic ruminations about Howdy Doody and old cars Boring and showing signs of being all about a middle aged man working out his issues of loss and encroaching old age.

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    7. Too much summary, too little analysis I was initially intrigued by this book s premise that the rise of consumerism in the U.S has especially contributed to the Peter Pan man boy phenomenon common among many that is, many white, straight, middle class, able bodied men today but the lack of insightful analysis was disappointing and pretty much wrecked the book.

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    8. OST NEW NON FIC 1ST FLOOR 305.31 CRO

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    9. Interesting social trend, but too heavy on the details making for a dense read.

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    10. I thought this was going to be an awesome book full o men bashing but really it s just the author talking about his experiences growing up Weird.

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    11. not much on solutions, but an interesting historical overview of the american trend of increasing number of immature men

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