Visions of the Text Generation
She’s the Passionate One: Construction of the Feminine in Popular Culture
Joy Smalls, co-author of “Hug Life: Snuggly Guy Struggles”, contends that the requirement that contemporary females navigate opposing ideologies for the definitive idea of what it means to be a woman puts them in several damaging social double-binds—they must express emotions on the one hand but not expect or require the same of men in relationships; they should be able to work if they want, but they shouldn’t be competitive about it; they should be able to ask for help from men but not act helpless; and they should appear youthfully attractive but not exhibit signs of the process of aging. Smalls argues these binds are the result of an artificial, continuously maintained, and culturally “micro-enforced” ideal of the feminine gender—an ideal for what in particular its opposite (“men” in general) want from the heterosexual “other”. Throughout this dense analysis of gender and sexual dichotomies, Smalls elucidates what she calls the “dumping ground” that comes with the “feminine” category—i.e., the place it occupies in larger schemes of social constructions of gender for where contemporary males repress within themselves the traits and states they fear, desire, project, etc. A complex and interdisciplinary exercise, Smalls reveals by way of stark contrasts the networks of polarizing, violent, and idolizing fashions, expressions, language, and art that give rise to and perpetuate the stereotype of the “passionate woman”.
People, for Instance: Objectivity and Civilization
In “People for Instance: Objectivity and Civilization”, Seymour Bonds takes the reader on a journey outside of the normalized discourse and ideologies of human society to attempt to formulate an “alienized”, objective view of our planet and its people-driven history and future. Describing the latest discoveries in the planetary, environmental, and sociological sciences, Bonds cautions that our meaning-making tools such as religion, science, language, and art have not yet prepared us for appropriately and skillfully caring for our so-far lone home in the cosmos. In this brilliant metacritique of humanity’s place, he intertwines and blurs the contemporary political left’s progressive worries over climate change with the political right’s appeal to conservation of tradition—in the end finding that neither end of the worldview spectrum can be complete without the other and moreover that going forward, in order to protect the planet, its many non-human lifeform inhabitants, and (pointedly) ourselves from ourselves, people will have to work together and ultimately see Earth and civilization from a critical distance. With tremendous enthusiasm and hope, Bonds in fact would have it that everyone, both collectively and individually, would benefit by viewing our world from orbit. This book is for anyone who considers themselves a citizen of Earth.
How to Write a Book
Have you ever wanted to write a book about writing books? This is a step-by-step guide that walks you through how to do exactly that and more. You will learn how to develop an outline of outlines, some strategies for organizing organizations and controlling self-control, and many clear steps to finishing your book about books that will keep you focused on focusing. If you want your readers to avoid problems and mistakes in teaching their readers (and their readers’ readers, and so on) how to write books about how to write books, then Anne Author’s book is for you, etc. Guaranteed success for everyone down the infinite chain of causality.
Screw Your Feelings: An Introduction to Contemporary Masculinity
In his honest and blunt essay collection, “Screw Your Feelings: An Introduction to Contemporary Masculinity”, Roger Cornpark takes on what usually goes wrong in relationships with men. He writes about women and men who erroneously believe that the men in their lives require little aside from butchered non-human animals for eating, alcoholic beverages for drinking, and projectile discharging weapons for causing damage or death to other creatures. Proposing that a culturally conditioned resistance to emotional reliance (ER) on the part of the men complicates matters, each essay builds gradually on the premise that the continual use of emotional suppression on the part of men and their “others” is associated with self- and socially-destructive constructions of gender norms within networks of relationships. Screw Your Feelings is for any man willing to question the manners and means in which he was raised by his parents, the ongoing ways in which we are socializing and indoctrinating boys into patterns abuse and brutality, and the qualities and characteristics of our everyday relating to the men in our lives. For those seeking an analytical though ardent read on masculine stereotypes, Cornpark’s book is willing to question every aspect of so-called “manhood”—from birth and what he terms the “primary undercutting moment” of circumcision to seniority and our social expectations that older men be independent, heroic, managerial, and/or economically powerful.