Self-Made Man : One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again by Norah Vincent (2006, Hardcover)
About this product
|A Los Angeles Times columnist recounts her eighteen-month undercover stint as a man, a time during which she underwent considerable personal risks as she worked a sales job, joined a bowling league, frequented sex clubs, dated, and encountered firsthand the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity. 80,000 first printing.|
Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 111/2 shoes'a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider. The result is a sympathetic, shrewd, and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism that's destined to challenge preconceptions and attract enormous attention. With her buddies on the bowling league she enjoyed the rough and rewarding embrace of male camaraderie undetectable to an outsider. A stint in a high-octane sales job taught her the gut- wrenching pressures endured by men who would do anything to succeed. She frequented sex clubs, dated women hungry for love but bitter about men, and infiltrated all-male communities as hermetically sealed as a men's therapy group, and even a monastery. Narrated in her utterly captivating prose style and with exquisite insight, humor, empathy, nuance, and at great personal cost, Norah uses her intimate firsthand experience to explore the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as well as who men are apart from and in relation to women. Far from becoming bitter or outraged, Vincent ended her journey astounded'and exhausted'by the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity. Having gone where no woman (who wasn't an aspiring or actual transsexual) has gone for any significant length of time, let alone eighteen months, Norah Vincent's surprising account is an enthralling reading experience and a revelatory piece of anecdotally based gender analysis that is sure to spark fierce and fascinating conversation. Praise for Norah Vincent: ?Norah Vincent is a true freethinker and independent journalist in the European manner, challenging prevailing assumptions in academe, politics, and media. Her work has always had a bold skepticism and energy. She is a model of pragmatic, enlightened feminism.' ?Camille Paglia
|Number Of Pages||304 pages|
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Grade From||Twelfth Grade|
|LC Classification Number||HQ1075.V546 2006|
|Dewey Decimal||305.31/092 B|
Most relevant reviews
- sbark10Jan 7, 2015by
Best read yet!
One of the best books, I have read! Would recommend this awesome book to anyone that wanted to understand a lot about this world and how it works. I have shared with my friends and now they are wanting to order this book as well. This is a keeper!
- edspace22Mar 9, 2013by
I bought this book to read for a book report in my psychology class. It is one of the best books in the field of Gonzo journalism!!! Her insight to both male and female perspectives was truly eye opening! It is a must read! You find out why this book is so controversial because she gives the feminists (herself included) a good thrashing!
- aadomeJul 5, 2007by
This was a fun book to read. The author explores her world in a creative way, and although it brings to the surface some important issues in modern society between men and women, the book is not a bore to read at all. It really makes you think and consider others around you in a more considerate way. Although it's by no means a "bible" to live by, it's an interesting read that makes you think.
- 1517586@deletedApr 7, 2007by
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
The author was interviewed on TV and I had been aware of this project ever since. I have only one reservation and it is a personal one, otherwise I would rate it Excellent. I would have preferred no disclosure. Except in very rare cases, would have liked to see Mr. Vincent disappear from the lives of the people she touched, with no personal admission. Then again, those people were indeed changed at that time and for that reason.<br>I am going back to change my rating to Excellent, in the name of fairness. Ms. Vincent is a dogged reporter and good writer.<br>A.A., NY
- tinashawnfoxlea...Aug 8, 2006by
I heard an interview with Ms. Vincent on talk radio and was intrigued so I bought the book. Excellent read! I knew that there are vast differences between men and women but not like Ms. Vincent experienced. What she shares should influence society so that we can learn to enjoy the differences and stop trying to change them. I was sad at the end because of her experience there. I saw her on Conan (sp), late-night teevee, she was amazing, great sense of humor, descriptive of her experience without giving away the book!