Kimmel: Rise of Guyland
In past 20 years a new period of prolonged post-adolescence where young men bond among
themselves around sports, recreational pursuits, consumption, attempts to build careers and
pursuit of recreational sex.
In earlier periods, males in their 20s would be establishing themselves in more structured
career paths and in stable partnerships.
Changes in the occupational structure and womens’ positions -- educations, expectations and
demands -- have weakened historical male advantages for younger men and overturned
expectations for themselves and how the world is supposed to work.
Being a guy – conforming with code of gender normal – the comfort and safety of a peer
Sharp gender differentiation: women as “other,” opposite and subordinate of men
Meeting the standards of other males: reference group
Assumptions of male entitlement to control and dominate
Extreme competition: the strongest prevail – hierarchies are understood
Conceal full range of emotion; wary of intimacy, attachment, and dependency as signs of
Low trust in others – expressions of need opens one to ridicule, rejection, or loss of
Women as peers, colleagues, desired sex partners pose challenges to the fortified male
self and must be contained, seen as exceptional or unnatural.