The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and Private

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By Dusty (Austin, TX) · ★★★★☆ · December 03, 2013
With reference to famous male bodies -- John Travolta, Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, and others -- Susan Bordo offers in this book an insightful analysis of how, and why, men at the end of the 20th Century have become equally as insecure about their bodies as women have been for centuries before.... ...more
By Elly (London, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 09, 2011
The Male Body begins with a moving account of Bordo's memories of her father's body.

After that she charts the changes in culture, especially in the 1990s which have put the male body very much on display. It was written in 2000 and already seems dated. Calvin Klein ads have now been taken over by... ...more
By Darren (Duluth, MN) · ★★★★☆ · July 15, 2009
I can almost positively say I have never read or thought about the penis as I have in the last week. Usually I can find a focal point that sticks with me in my reading however Professor Bordo’s writing floods the mind with information, imagery, and because I am male reflection as well. I apprecia... ...more
By Zack (The United States) · ★★★★★ · March 31, 2011
Over the course of The Male Body, Susan Bordo takes the reader on a tour through recent American history, exploring how popular images of masculinity – and what they say about our society’s notion of manhood – have developed and changed. While it is unusual to see a feminist work that deals almos... ...more
By leo (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · October 14, 2008
Yes, my dears, the book talks about penises and phalli (and their difference). But not only that! Thighs, breasts, hocks, and haunches are dealt with in a delightfully mischievous tone that evokes the author's childhood obsessions, including the Marilyn Monroe calendar hidden away in the back of... ...more
By Gregzeck (Fayetteville, AR) · March 06, 2012
This is a fascinating read of the male body from the point of view of a feminist who's frankly attuned to her libido. Bordo surveys male body images in pop culture, going back over the film figures of her teen years, for example, and her own teen coming of age experience. She locates in the films... ...more
By Stephanie (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 03, 2008
This book had a lot of potential, but is riddled with simple errors that an editor ought to have caught. Beyond that, the scholarship is not strong, and while it includes some insights the material is generally dull and uninspiring. The topic is still worthwhile, and I would suggest anyone intere... ...more
By Oliver (Fort Worth, TX) · ★★★★☆ · June 22, 2013
Gorgeous insights and wonderful writing, but I actually gave up the ghost on this one around p. 180 or so. If all Bordo was going to do was critique old films and make claims therefrom, well, good for her, but more, much more, could've been done here, particularly given how intelligent she seems... ...more
By Zoe (Pinole, CA) · December 15, 2008
Once you get past the hundred or so pages of phallus discussion, this book provides an in-depth cultural analysis of masculine portrayal in the media.

...You might almost forget you are reading it for a shitty seminar... ...more
By Angie (Chicago, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · May 27, 2008
I remember her speaking of all the phallic symbols in our culture.

Now, every time I see a long blue convertible (like the one in "Thelma and Louise") or a tall building, I think of a penis.

Thanks for visual. ...more