Recap of the Acculturated Manliness Symposium

Below is a compilation of the posts we gathered from contributors for the symposium “Can Men Be Men Again?” Thank you to our readers for the lively discussions in the comments sections. Tell us, which post did you like best? *** Intro: Men and Manliness in the Age of Post-Feminism–Emily Esfahani Smith Where Have the … Continued

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One Way to Resurrect Manliness: Everyone, Dress Better!

Can men be men again? The short answer is no. And the reason is that we are not living in the same society that produced the archetype of the manly-man: sacrificing, responsible, honorable. As Harvey Mansfield pointed out in his amazing 2006 book Manliness we are currently living in a thoroughly radical, unprecedented social experiment defined as … Continued

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The Plight of Lower-Middle-Class Men: Charles Murray’s Fishtown and MTV’s Buckwild

Not much has changed for men since Shakespeare’s day. Today, the average American male finishes college and works for several years before marrying at age 28.[1] Contra Romeo & Juliet, a European male in the early modern era was not much different, waiting until his late twenties to tie the knot.[2] The reasons are similar. As Kay Hymowitz observes, … Continued

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Forget Feminism: What About Kindness?

The Acculturated symposium, “Can Men be Men Again?” has evoked a very spirited and inspired response from our writers–and a rather passionate response from our readers.  Our writers have argued that there has been a breakdown in manly behavior in our culture. So in the comments section and in some of our posts, a question has arisen: … Continued

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In Defense of Traditional Gender Roles

by Mark Tapson  In her Wall Street Journal piece “Where Have All the Good Men Gone?” and her book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys, Kay Hymowitz gives voice to the complaint from “legions of frustrated young women” that today’s twenty-something men wallow in a sort of limbo of extended adolescence she … Continued

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Where Have the Renaissance Men Gone?

by Mark Judge In her essay “Where Have All the Good Men Gone?,” Kay Hymowitz posits that we now live in the age of “pre-adulthood men.” These are guys who aren’t adolescents but are not yet men. Hymowitz: “Today, most men in their 20s hang out in a novel sort of limbo, a hybrid state … Continued

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Men and Manliness in the Age of Post-Feminism

This Valentine’s Day, we at Acculturated are asking our writers to weigh in on the state of relationships between men and women in our culture. Since we have spent a good deal of our time covering women on this site in the past–from Cosmo magazine to HBO’s “Girls” to feminism and the hookup culture–we are … Continued

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