Where Men Hide by James B. Twitchell

Where Men Hide

byJames B. Twitchell, Ken Ross

Kobo ebook | May 22, 2006

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"If you ask men if they spend any time hiding, they usually look at you as if you're nuts. 'What, me hide?' But if you ask women whether men hide, they immediately know what you mean." -- from Where Men Hide

Where Men Hide is a spirited tour of the dark and often dirty places men go to find comfort, camaraderie, relaxation, and escape. Ken Ross's striking photographs and James Twitchell's lively analysis trace the evolution of these virtual caves, and question why they are rapidly disappearing.

Ross documents both traditional and contemporary male haunts, such as bars, barbershops, lodges, pool halls, strip clubs, garages, deer camps, megachurches, the basement Barcalounger, and Twitchell examines their provenance, purpose, and appeal. He finds that for centuries men have met with each other in underground lairs and clubhouses to conduct business or, in the case of strip clubs and the modern rec room, to bond and indulge in shady entertainments. In these secret dens, certain rules are abandoned while others are obeyed. However, Twitchell sees this less as exclusionary behavior and more as the result of social anxiety: when women want to get together, they just do it; when men get together, it's a production.

Drawing on literary, historical, and pop cultural sources, Twitchell connects the places men hide with figures like Hemingway and Huck Finn, Frederick Jackson Turner's theory of the American frontier, and the mythological interpretations of Joseph Campbell and Robert Bly. Instead of blaming the disappearance of the man-cave solely on feminism, simple fair play, or the demands of Title IX, Twitchell believes this evaporation is due as well to the rise of solitary pursuits such as driving, watching television, and playing videogames.

By blending together anecdote, research, and keen observation, Ross and Twitchell bring this little-discussed and controversial phenomenon to light.

James B. Twitchell is professor of English and advertising at the University of Florida and author of many books, including Adcult USA and Lead Us Into Temptation. He is also the author of 20 Ads That Shook the World, For Shame, and Branded Nation. Ken Ross has been a fine art photographer and educator for over thirty years. His ...
Title:Where Men HideFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 22, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231510543

ISBN - 13:9780231510547

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Table of Contents

Photographer's Note
1. The Deer Camp: The Hunt
2. The Boxing Ring: Shame and Honor
3. The Fraternal Lodge: Initiation of Brotherhood
4. The Snuggery: Fathers, Sons, and Trains
5. A Room of His Own: Two of Man's Best Friends
6. The Garage: Car and Calendar
7. The American Barbershop: "Next Gentleman"
8. The Baseball Dugout: Chew, Spit, and Fight
9. Getting Outta Here: My Wheels, My Self
10. The Recliner Chair: Hiding in Plain Sight
11. Strip Clubs: Hiding Behind the Ogle
12. "Aah lurve this place": The Male Way of Eating
13. The Workshop Warren: Hammer Time
14. On the Job: Hiding Out in the Office
15. Male Bonding for God
Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

Reading these essays is like listening to a witty and broadly knowledgeable after-dinner speaker entertain and enlighten.