"Boys will be boys," the saying goes -- but what does that actually mean? A leading anthropologist investigates
Why do men behave the way they do? Is it their male brains? Surging testosterone? From vulgar locker-room talk to mansplaining to sexual harassment, society is too quick to explain male behavior in terms of biology.
In Are Men Animals?, anthropologist Matthew Gutmann argues that predatory male behavior is in no way inevitable. Men behave the way they do because culture permits it, not because biology demands it. To prove this, he embarks on a global investigation of masculinity. Exploring everything from the gender-bending politics of American college campuses to the marriage markets of Shanghai and the women-only subway cars of Mexico City, Gutmann shows just how complicated masculinity can be. The result isn't just a new way to think about manhood. It's a guide to a better life, for all of us.
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Gutmann does more than deconstruct simplistic notions of
masculinity-he offers us a better vision of what it means to be masculine. He
knows we can do better, and create anew a reality where masculinity and
humanity comingle instead of conflict. This book is wholly appropriate for this
moment in time.
Agustín Fuentes, Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Anthropology at University of Notre Dame and author of The Creative Spark
About Matthew Gutmann
Matthew Gutmann is a professor of anthropology at Brown University who has spent thirty years exploring notions of masculinity across the United States, Latin America, and China. He is also a visiting professor at El Colegio de México and Nanjing University, as well as the author of eight books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
About the Narrators
Aaron Abano has narrated such audiobooks as the AudioFile Earphones Award winner The Starling Project by Jeffrey Deaver, as well as Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine, among others.
Corey Gagne is an actor, known for Conquest: Frontier Wars, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen.