"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
"Everything men (and women) do in our society is the product of both biology and culture. As ably explained by Matthew Gutmann in this lively and enlightening book, this means that male behavior is hardly immutable. It has more degrees of freedom than often assumed."—Frans de Waal, C. H.
Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University and author of Mama's
Last Hug and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
"Are men animals?
Well yes, but so are we all. How much does that explain about male behavior?
Not much, according to Gutmann, compared to the dominant role of social and
cultural factors in male sexuality and aggression. This is a powerful and
—Sherry Ortner, distinguished professor of anthropology at UCLA
"We need a national conversation about whether our cultural expectations of men have made them into the animals we believe them to be. Can men be less aggressive, less sexual and less dominant? This provocative book argues strongly that the answer is yes. This is a golden moment to begin that conversation."—TM Luhrmann, professor of anthropology, Stanford University