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The Affairs of Men

Harvey E. Kaye, M.D.

Forge Books

Dr. Harvey Kaye, emeritus assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, has spent decades analyzing matters of gender and sexual orientation. He's seen modern men lured by the siren song of the "Masculine Mystique" and pressured to fulfill the "Dominance Drive" and the "Heroic Imperative." The result is The Affairs of Men, a wry view of the masculine wilderness.

Pressured by conflicting societal and familial standards, besieged by unrelenting demands to be sexier, wealthier, more successful, "more of a man," men pay a price in marriage, in the bedroom, in the workplace, and most important, in their sense of identity.

It's clear that men are at a cultural crossroads, facing difficult questions: Why do men attempt to achieve impossible goals? How do gay men fit into overall images of masculinity? Are traditional male-female relationship passé? What roles should men take in their families?
The Affairs of Men wittily illuminates the world of men, looking at both the origins of western society's image of masculinity and its current landscape. Dr. Kaye states that men must embrace a new vision of what it means to be a man. Men must give up the entrenched myth of superiority that has limited them for centuries. They must learn to experience all emotions, not just societally-approved anger, hatred, and jealousy. They must learn-from each other and from the women in their lives-what it is to be fully human.

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1The Masculine Mystique
Imagine the discovery of a new drug, a sovereign remedy with horrendous social import. Let’s call it the “Reality Inducer.” While the usual narcotics induce varied states of sensate anarchy, the Reality Inducer would create a psychic world devoid of illusion. One who ingests would see things as they are, rather than as one has been programmed to see them. It would induce a condition of compassionate detachment in which distortion, myth, and false coloration would be stripped away from reality. Obviously this elixer should not be marketed, lest our social
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  • Harvey E. Kaye, M.D.

  • Harvey Kaye, M.D., is Emeritus Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Supervising Psychoanalyst at New York Medical College. He maintains a part-time private practice in New York City. Kaye has done research in gender and sexual orientation and contributed to a groundbreaking study of homosexuality in the 1960s. His nonfiction book, The Affairs of Men, looks at society's expectations for the contemporary American male.
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The Affairs of Men

Harvey E. Kaye, M.D.

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