Big Boys Club by Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr.

Big Boys Club

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
by Michael Kimmel
Harper Collins, 2008
(332 pages, $25.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr.

The average age of marriage for men has risen sharply since the late 1950s, when it was 22. As a result, a single-male culture has developed, especially since the 1970s. Representatives of this culture may be found in college fraternities and post-college sports bars. It features heavy drinking, video games and other cyberspace activities, sports on television, pornography, beer and pizza, predatory heterosexual sex, and misogyny.

In Guyland, Michael Kimmel presents a guide to this culture. He charges that “ . . .