What They’re Reading: Aliza Saraco-Polner

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Babes in Toyland? Michael Kimmel's "Guyland" represents a darker journey for young American males.

IU senior Aliza Saraco-Polner is reading Michael Kimmel’s Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.

Michael Kimmel’s ethnography studies the behavior of men, ages sixteen to twenty-six, who are caught in this newfound rite-of-passage between adolescence and adulthood, which Kimmel dubs “Guyland.” The book exposes us to everything from alcohol drinking behaviors to hooking up, fraternity hazing, and pornography, as well as other traditions and mindsets that are associated with this phase (all which typically occur on college-campuses). Kimmel’s main sources are the four hundred interviews he conducted over a period of four years throughout the country. His book provides us with interesting insights into the life of a “guy” stuck in a Never-Never-Land state of mind. Anyone who knows someone living in Guyland (not just guys) or has experienced this phase will enjoy reading this book!

Aliza Saraco-Polner is a senior at Indiana University with a major in Mathematics and minors in Gender Studies and Studio Art.  She is also the undergraduate liaison for The Kinsey Institute and a volunteer at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion.

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