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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Book Review: Men Can

"Fighting to gain power feels better than giving it up." -- Donald Unger, Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT

Right in chapter one of the new book, Men Can, we hear the above explanation of why narrowly defined gender roles persist in our culture. Men have historically been in a position of power in this society while women have been steadily gaining power in the workforce, politics, and elsewhere. As a result, there is some inertia from men to giving up this power.

Despite this belief, Men Can does a fantastic job showing us how men are both fully capable and also how they benefit from such a shift towards care-taking. The book has excellent examples of men breaking out of the traditional model and dives in deep to help us understand their motivations and challenges along the way. Unger looks at where the male stereotypes come from and how they continue to evolve through the lens of TV shows and commercials, movies, and language itself.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Unger's advocacy for broader lifestyle choices for both men and women. Unger would like to break down the barriers that keep men, in particular, from reaching beyond the standard options. He has done a great job highlighting "the changing image and reality of fatherhood in America."

We will be adding this book to our Resources page. Thank you Donald Unger!


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