Guy Spy

Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back Again
by Norah Vincent
Viking, 2006
(304 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

Self-Made Man is written by a—not feminine, but very female—lesbian whose observations on the interplay of the sexes made her curious about whether being a man was all it was cracked up to be in the mainstream of respectable modern women’s opinion. To find out, she disguised herself as a man—this comes off as a rather weird and fairly amusing operation—and jumped headfirst into what she thought might be some of the most distinctively male modes.

She became a member of a men’s bowling league, a strip-club patron, a single guy . . .

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