Angry White Men (Blog Post #2)

The book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era written by Michael Kimmel, examines what he describes as the aggrieved entitlement of white men in the early twenty-first century. In this book, Kimmel, a Jewish liberal sociologist, attempts to explain why white men have become so angry, sometimes to the point of mass murder and even genocide advocacy. Kimmel argues that men who join extremist groups are part of the downwardly mobile lower-middle class, and they suffer of ‘aggrieved entitlement’. Kimmel ecen dedicates a whole chapter to “angry white men” who have stooped to the level of mass murders across the country, He even goes on describing this as “the sense that those benefits to which you believed yourself entitled have been snatched away from you by the unseen forces larger and more powerful”. Kimmel also argues that the promise of the American dream and the lack of its deliverance is what radicalizes white men. Kimmel looks at men’s groups and theorizes on why they are angry now, and often relates back to class and the feeling of powerlessness and also the feeling of deserving more. However, I think it’s dishonest to look at the history of masculinity without including colonialism, indigenous genocides and slavery as a part of white male violence.

In the second part of the reading, Kimmel states, “Men’s increased involvement in predivorce child care ought to be reflected in custody arrangements, as should women’s continuing to shoulder the overwhelming majority of such care, despite their commitments to work. Fathers’ “rights” following divorce will come more readily if the fathers have recognized their responsibilities during the marriage (168)”. This parallels Adichie’s second point in Dear Ijeawele of “do it together”. Kimmel had a slight acknowledgment to the fact that oftentimes fathers believe that the mother should almost take complete care of the child, and calls out those by saying that more fathers would end up with custody of children post-divorce if they actually acknowledge their role as a parent.

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  1. Expand your discussion of the text. It’s not clear that you have read all of the assigned chapters. Check minus.

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