The Man Problem: Destructive Masculinity in Western Culture by Ross Honeywill

By Ross Honeywill

In the fellow challenge, Ross Honeywill posits that the opportunity of evil in all males is the social, political, and financial challenge of our age. Drawing at the paintings of social critics and theorists together with Zygmunt Bauman, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Žižek, and others, the e-book lines harmful masculinity via cultural texts, social structures, and daily life practices. utilizing the lens of social idea, social philosophy, feminist cultural reports, and sociology, the guy challenge explores the legacy of the Enlightenment as a context for a social global built by way of males (in modernity), deconstructed (in postmodernity) and reconstructed (in the liquid present). This publication investigates the outlines of the patriarchy and why the boys who valid it behave the way in which they do. regardless of the and troubling legacy of masculinity, Honeywill unearths another course ahead.

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By surrendering agency, they were liberated from decision-making. It was not their fault, either in war during which, exhibiting a now institutionalized TYRANT OR HANGMAN: THE EVIL OF ORDINARY MEN 33 masculine hegemony, they killed strangers or in peace, when they passively yielded to the heterotopian dark other space occupied by a very personal potential for succumbing to the beast. The dominative nature of passive compliance was cast into sharp relief when the beast expressed simultaneously as actively destructive and destructively acquiescent.

Social philosopher Lilie Chouliaraki and linguist Norman Fairclough propose that practices have three main characteristics. First, they are forms of production of social life, not only economic production but also production in the cultural and political domains. Second, each practice is located within a network of relationships to other practices, and these external relationships determine the practice’s internal dimension. Third, practices always have a reflexive dimension: people generate representations of what they do as part of what they do (1999: 22).

But to avoid enemies, or to attack them with success, to capture wild animals, and to invent and fashion weapons, requires the aid of the higher mental faculties, namely, observation, reason, invention, or imagination. These various faculties will thus have been continually put to the test, and selected during manhood; they will, moreover, have been strengthened by use during this same period of life. (Darwin 2004: 629–630). THE POLITICS OF EXCLUSION: ENLIGHTENMENT MASCULINITY 15 Men were, according to Darwin, altogether superior to women, more powerful, bolder, more imaginative, braver, more intelligent, and more creative (2004: 344, 624).

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