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New Male Studies

An open access online interdisciplinary journal for research and discussion of issues facing boys and men worldwide. Click the NMS logo above for more information.

 

The Victims' Revolution

Written by Bruce BawerThe Victims Revolution

An eye-opening critique of the identity-based revolution that has transformed American campuses and its effect on politics and society today.

The 1960s and ’70s were a time of dramatic upheaval in American universities as a new generation of scholar-activists rejected traditional humanism in favor of a radical ideology that denied esthetic merit and objective truth. In The Victims’ Revolution, critic and scholar Bruce Bawer provides the first true history of this radical movement and a sweeping assessment of its intellectual and cultural fruits.

Once, Bawer argues, the purpose of higher education had been to introduce students to the legacy of Western civilization—“the best that has been thought and said.” The new generation of radical educators sought instead to unmask the West as the perpetrator of global injustice. Age-old values of goodness, truth, and beauty were disparaged as mere weapons in an ongoing struggle of the powerful against the powerless. Shifting the focus of the humanities to the purported victims of Western colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism, the new politicized approach to the humanities gave rise to a series of identity-based programs, including Women’s Studies, Black Studies, Queer Studies, and Chicano Studies. As a result, the serious and objective study of human civilization and culture was replaced by “theoretical” approaches emphasizing group identity, victimhood, and lockstep “progressive” politics.

What have the advocates of this new anti-Western ideology accomplished?

Twenty-five years ago, Allan Bloom warned against the corruption of the humanities in The Closing of the American Mind. Bawer’s book presents compelling evidence that Bloom and other conservative critics were right to be alarmed. The Victims’ Revolution describes how the new identity-based disciplines came into being, examines their major proponents and texts, and trenchantly critiques their underlying premises. Bawer concludes that the influence of these programs has impoverished our thought, confused our politics, and filled the minds of their impressionable students with politically correct mush. Bawer’s book is must-reading for all those concerned not only about the declining quality of American higher education, but also about the fate of our society at large.

Available online at: Amazon

 

The Psychology of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

The Psychology of DuchennesWritten by Jos Hendriksen,

Ruben Hendriksen, Justus Kuijer,

and Elizabeth Vroom

When parents are informed that their son has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, it is difficult for them to understand its implications for the future. Lots of questions may arise: What will his life look like? How can we give him the best care and education? What is best for him?

In what respect is he normal and in what respect different? How will he perform at school?

What do we need to take into account? How do we explain Duchenne to others?

Who do we tell what and when? How do we protect him from negative influences from outside?

Teachers may ask the same questions when a boy with Duchenne is put in their class: What do we need to take into account? How can we best ccompany him? How and what should we tell his classmates?

This booklet aims to answer some of the above questions. Furthermore, we hope to give some general guidelines and advice to those living with DMD boys: at home, at school, during therapy and so on.

Available online as a free download from parentprojectmd.org here.

 

Relationships, Separation & DivorceRelationships, Separation & Divorce

Edited by: Karin Koch

The book Relationships, Separation & Divorce addresses a wide range of relationship problems and provides basic legal information on separation and divorce. It lists the contact details of people, businesses and organisations that someone might need in such a difficult situation, including family lawyers, counsellors, financial advisors, and government and community support organisations. The articles, written by experts in their fields, are accompanied by book recommendations for those wanting to gain a deeper understanding of specific relationship or separation issues.

Copies (including multiple book orders and international orders) can be obtained from:

 

 

 

 

The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and BoysThe Second Sexism, Book

Written by David Benatar

Does sexism against men exist? What does it look like and why do we need to take it seriously?

This book draws attention to the "second sexism," where it exists, how it works and what it looks like, and responds to those who would deny that it exists. Challenging conventional ways of thinking, it examines controversial issues such as sex-based affirmative action, gender roles, and charges of anti-feminism.

The book offers an academically rigorous argument in an accessible style, including the careful use of empirical data, and includes examples and engages in a discussion of how sex discrimination against men and boys also undermines the cause for female equality.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

 

 

The Father: Historical, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives

Written by Dr Luigi Zoja

Dr Luigi Zoja views the origin and evolution of the father through the ages, and the function of father in promoting a responsible and disciplined male identity. He also explores the consequences of the decline of this role in Western culture, and the crisis facing fatherhood today. The Father will be welcomed by people from a wide variety of disciplines, including practitioners and students of psychology, sociology and anthropology, and by the educated general reader.

This is an important book – another source of foundational ideas for those interested in males studies and male experience.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

 

 

Where Men Hide

Written by James B. Twitchell0Where Men Hide

Photographs by Ken Ross

(New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)

Inspired by a set of photographs by Ken Ross collected in Esquire under the heading “Men’s Rooms,” James Twitchell published a unique, sadly overlooked analysis of “gendered spaces” in a world where men are said to be soon superfluous. Although his conclusions are not confirmed, his query whether men may be coming out of hiding after a long period of seeking sanctuary from the home is worth entertaining. Thus Twitchell, who teaches English at the University of Florida, writes that “an astonishing array of masculine identities compete for men’s attention and . . . [a] middle-class man of whatever color or religion can choose between rough-tough machismo or aching sensitivity.”

In fact, however, hegemonic masculinity is still de rigueur for most men. His conclusions seem to have something to with his understanding of feminism, towards which he is both critical and conciliatory. Nor would everyone agree with the author that men’s emergence from their cultural foxholes is about “going shopping.” Instead, it suggests an eagerness to be seen and heard after a long unaccountable silence.

Another of Twitchell’s conclusions one may challenge is that because “the narratives of masculinity [have] become so transnational and inclusive . . . the culturally imposed concept of gender itself [might] eventually disappear.” This seems likely, even given the power of advertising to paint behavior, since embodied existence maintains deep structures that are likely not going to disintegrate.

Having introduced the notion of gendered space, Twitchell suggests that it is “disappearing as male (and female) behavior is itself becoming blurred.” But is it? Most men comport still themselves a certain way. They still want to look at Beyonce just as most women want to look at George Clooney.

Shifting stance, in the concluding paragraph of Where Men Hide, the author asks a different sort of question, which I find to be oddly but suggestively out of step with the author’s earlier, more tentative rhetorical moves: “Is some form of male liberation next?” Evidently undecided about the fate of gender and the male, the author’s real contribution springs from his borrowed observation, by Elsie de Wolfe, that for women “men are forever guests in our home.”

These words, which appeared in print in 1913, sparked Twitchell’s identification of the safe spaces where men can be apart from their wives and families and, more important, meet to talk or just sit in silence with other men. These are (among others) the hunting camp, the fraternal lodge, the garage or workshop, the baseball dugout—or, most radical of all to think of, the office.

Reflecting its ambiguous stance, this is a book that has the endorsement of a curious trio of students of gender: Lionel Tiger, Christina Sommers and Michael Kimmel. Did all three read the same book? – Miles Groth, PhD.

Available online at: Amazon


 

Lying in A Room of One's OwnLying in A Room

Written by Christine Stolba

Stolba observes that though "Women's Studies textbooks often remark on the positive, transformative experience of their students, what have these women actually learned?"

The problem with these textbooks is that information is presented uncritically, with only part of the story being told -- so young, impressionable college women emerge from their assigned reading with a jaded view of a world in which patriarchy reigns supreme and women don't stand a chance at success unless they "transform knowledge." The textbooks claim that women will conquer patriarchy and reclaim their empowered selves by learning their own "history of struggle and achievement." But according to Stolba, Women's Studies has actually only "encouraged this process of internalizing subordination and inferiority by promoting a message of women-as-victims."

Moreover, its sins of omission and obvious biases of interpretation have taught young women "that dismissive -- even contemptuous -- and shoddy summaries of their opponents' work is an appropriate intellectual response to ideas that challenge one's own." In the end, all Women's Studies has done is engage in much myth-making; unfortunately, myth-making is not scholarship.

Available as an eBook from the IWF here.

 

 

Save the Males:

Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care

Written by Kathleen Parker

From J E Owens, a female reviewer of the book on Amazon:

I came upon SAVE THE MALES at a local bookstore and found the idea of a woman writing a book in defence of men so novel that I bought it, and read it in one sitting.

The book is basically a series of fast-paced, sometimes-hilarious essays that examine the way America has veered a little to the womanist side in education and popular culture, and how our men and boys have been short-changed in the process.

I am a woman and have three daughters and was frankly surprised at how true Parker's argument rang. She isn't advocating the return of tribal patriarchy, but presents a dry, even-handed appraisal of a society that has become grid-locked in wrong thinking - thinking that one day might have a hugely negative impact on our country and our lives.

The subtitle of the book reads: why women should care, and I have to honestly say that after reading the book, I really did care.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

Doing Psychotherapy With Men

Written by John AshfieldPsychWithMen

Written by bestselling author, Dr John Ashfield, this is a book of vital importance to practitioners in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, primary care, and counselling - as well as anybody concerned with health and mental health promotion. It is an ideal primer in how to work respectfully and appropriately with men and boys. The greatest strength of the book is that it breaks free from glib ideological notions about gender and males, and draws on evidence from a broad range of academic disciplines in presenting an eminently useful male psychology.

The final chapter of the book has been written by well known author and academic psychologist from the U.S.A. – Dr Scott, D. Miller (known internationally for his research and work in the field of FIT - feedback informed treatment), and a colleague, Danish psychologist, Susanne Bargmann.

This is currently the only book of its kind and scope on the market, and will contribute much to improving the effectiveness of all psychosocial practitioners in engaging and working with men and boys.

Published by: Peacock Publications and Amazon Inc, respectively.
Available for purchase online through: Amazon

 

 

Fads and Fallacies in the Social SciencesFadsFallacies

Written by Stephen Goldberg

Stephen Goldberg is a courageous and uncompromising scholar who has devoted much of his career to challenging the fallacious reasoning and often small concern for evidence and empirical reality in the social sciences. Despite often being a lone voice calling for a return to serious scholarly inquiry, he has consistently demonstrated through his writing on many subjects how the business of social science should be done, and how scholarship should be about getting at the truth - not merely reinforcing a preferred ideological position.

This book as with Goldberg’s other works is definitely recommended reading.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

 

 

Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into

a More Conscious Manhood

Written by Rick Belden

What might it take for a man to transition into real manhood? What is real manhood? Is such a transition even necessary? In his highly personal and therefore highly engaging volume of poetry, Rick Belden demonstrates how such a transition might take place.

Using his own childhood hero, Iron Man, as a metaphor, Mr. Belden leads the reader through a virtual jungle of male feelings, experiences and thoughts on just what it might mean to be and to become a man. Mr. Belden's approach is brilliantly simple: Remember your childhood hero, understand his function for you throughout your childhood and adolescence and ask yourself these questions: "In how far is this hero still active in your life as a grown man? How is he aiding/complicating your journey towards being a man?"

Mr. Belden's Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood delivers powerful testimony to the need for transformation and redefinition of masculinity. However, contrary to how such redefinition might have taken place in the past, Mr. Belden does not rely on denial. Rather, he lets the man speak fully through his fantasies, fears and obsessions in order to move towards a new transformative synthesis.

I highly recommend this book to any man who is in the process of engaging with his own transformation and to any woman who might be interested in learning more about the internal dimensions of the male psyche.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

Taking Care of Yourself and Your FamilyTakingCare

(A resource book for good mental health)

Written by John Ashfield

Published by beyondblue, the national mental health initiative, this is the most popular mental health publication in Australia, now in its eleventh edition. The book deals with a broad range of mental health issues (such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, insomnia, and alcohol misuse), and provides simple and effective ideas and strategies for people to use to help themselves.

The book has also been very popular with psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and counsellors, who have used it in their work with patients and clients.

Currrently available in pdf format here or in audio podcast (MP3) format here.

 

 

 

The Heart and Soul of ChangeHeartSoul

(Delivering what works in therapy 2nd Ed.)

Edited by Barry L. Duncan, Scott D. Miller, Bruce E. Wampold, and Mark A. Hubble

Updating the first classic edition of the Heart and Soul of Change, this edition goes several steps further. It not only analyses what works in therapeutic practice, but also provides practical guidance about how therapists can truly deliver what works in therapy. Here the highlighted principle is ‘recognition that psychotherapy is implemented one person at a time, on the basis of that unique individual’s perceptions of the progress and fit of the therapy and therapist’.

This is simply the best summary of important psychotherapy research available for practitioners. It is comprehensive, accessible, and should transform the way practitioners are trained and the way psychotherapy is practiced. The book should be required reading in all practitioner training programs and a reference source for those engaged in health and mental health policy and service development.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

Matters for MenMattersforMen

(How to stay healthy and keep life on track)

Written by John Ashfield

At last, a book written for men - and about men, that doesn’t pander to disparaging male stereotypes, and that provides crucial information on men’s health topics, as well as a refreshing new perspective on many key men’s issues.

The book insists on a view of men that is affirmative and valuing. Rather than encouraging men to be more like women, it clarifies and celebrates gender differences – the unique differences in the way men think, feel, and behave compared to women.

Matters for Men, is an ideal book for ordinary readers – for men, and for women who care about them. It has received wide acclaim as a book that even reluctant male readers have been prepared to read from cover to cover.

It is also an invaluable resource for health and welfare practitioners who work with men and want a better understanding of their needs and issues.

Matters for Men, has been purchased in bulk by a number of organisations for regional, State and national men’s health promotion programs, and for distribution in men’s workplaces.

It is available from: Peacock Publications, 38 Sydenham Road, Norwood South Australia 5067 Telephone :(08) 8362 9303
Available online at: www.peacockpublications.com.au

 

 

Engaging College MenEngaging

(Discovering What Works and Why)

Edited by Gar Kellom and Miles Groth

Engaging College Men is a ground-breaking collection of essays by mentors of college men and high school boys on what works to increase their engagement as citizens and participants in the common good.

Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, Engaging College Men presents a variety of programs at fourteen colleges and universities and select high schools and reports on their widely differing ways of guiding men to vocational discernment and a sense of purpose in life.

As enrollments of men in college decline, this book is essential reading for college services administrators, teachers, and counselors who are committed to involving males in academic life and service to the community.

Available online at: The Men's Studies Press

 

 

The Secret Lives of BoysSecretLives

Written by Malina Saval

Teenage boys have come a long way since the staid 1980s when they were all lumped into the Breakfast Club categories of Brains, Druggies, and Jocks. Crisscrossing the country - meeting with boys from different cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds - journalist Malina Saval introduces readers to the next generation of male teens by creating new archetypes and redrawing the ever-expanding social map.

The Secret Lives of Boys offers an uncensored look into boyhood that reveals the spine-tingling confessions, heartrending sadness and isolation, unbridled optimism, and seemingly boundless resilience of male teens today. Saval asks the pertinent questions: Who are these boys? What do they think of themselves?

A compelling and candid look at male adolescence in the twenty-first century, The Secret Lives of Boys uncovers what our young people want you to know.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

He'll Be OKHellBeOK

Written by Celia Lashlie

In this honest, no–nonsense and best–selling book, Celia Lashlie reveals what goes on inside the world of boys, and that it is an entirely different world from that of girls. With clarity and insight, she offers parents – especially mothers – practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.

Author Celia Lashlie has some of the answers. After years working in the prison service, she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. She also knows what it's like to be a parent – she raised a son on her own and feared for his survival.

As a crucial part of the NZ Good Man Project, she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout the country. Her insights into what boys need – and what parents can do to help them – are ground–breaking.

How do you raise boys to men in a world where trouble beckons at every turn? How do you make sure they learn the 'right' lessons, stay out of danger, find a path to follow? How do you ensure they'll be OK?

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

The Trouble with BoysTroubleBoys

Written by Peg Tyre

From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. They get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls; in elementary school, they’re diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. And by high school, they’re heavily outnumbered in AP classes and, save for the realm of athletics, show indifference to most extra curricular activities.

Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester! The imbalance in higher education isn’t just a “boy problem,” though. Boys’ decreasing college attendance is bad news for girls, too, because ad­missions officers seeking balanced student bodies pass over girls in favor of boys.

The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry. Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models.

But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines—the testimony of teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time.The Trouble with Boysgives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school be-come, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”

Available online at: Amazon

 

 

Father and Child ReunionFatherChildReuinion

Written by Warren Farrell

Father and Child Reunion (2001) is a meta-analysis of hundreds of studies from the U.S. and other countries.

Many of the studies look at what leads to children doing the best and worse after divorce. The documentation for these findings is in Father and Child Reunion.

Available online at: Amazon

 

 


 

 

 

Good About Men

Is There Anything Good About Men?

Written by Roy F. Baumeister

Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased? Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all? 

In Is There Anything Good About Men? , Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that successful cultures capitalize on these differences to outperform rival cultures. Amongst our ancestors---as with many other species--only the alpha males were able to reproduce, leading them to take more risks and to exhibit more aggressive and protective behaviors than women, whose evolutionary strategies required a different set of behaviors. Whereas women favor and excel at one-to-one intimate relationships, men compete with one another and build larger organizations and social networks from which culture grows. But cultures in turn exploit men by insisting that their role is to achieve and produce, to provide for others, and if necessary to sacrifice themselves.

Baumeister shows that while men have greatly benefited from the culture they have created, they have also suffered because of it. Men may dominate the upper echelons of business and politics, but far more men than women die in work-related accidents, are incarcerated, or are killed in battle--facts nearly always left out of current gender debates. 

Engagingly written, brilliantly argued, and based on evidence from a wide range of disciplines, Is There Anything Good About Men? offers a new and far more balanced view of gender relations.

Available online from the Oxford University Press.

 

 

 

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