By Norah Vincent
Following within the culture of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural adventure and pronounced again on what she saw incognito. For greater than a 12 months and a part she ventured into the area as Ned, with an ever-present 5 o’clock shadow, a group minimize, wire-rim glasses, and her personal measurement 111/2 shoes—a excellent cover that enabled her to watch the area of fellows as an insider. The result's a sympathetic, clever, and exciting travel de strength of immersion journalism that’s destined to problem preconceptions and allure huge, immense realization.
along with her pals at the bowling league she loved the tough and profitable embody of male camaraderie undetectable to an intruder. A stint in a high-octane revenues activity taught her the intestine- wrenching pressures persevered through males who may do whatever to be successful. She frequented intercourse golf equipment, dated ladies hungry for romance yet sour approximately males, and infiltrated all-male groups as hermetically sealed as a men’s remedy workforce, or even a monastery. Narrated in her totally pleasing prose variety and with beautiful perception, humor, empathy, nuance, and at nice own expense, Norah makes use of her intimate firsthand event to discover the various striking mysteries of gender identification in addition to who males are except and on the subject of girls. faraway from turning into sour or outraged, Vincent ended her trip astounded—and exhausted—by the inflexible codes and rituals of masculinity. Having long gone the place no girl (who wasn’t an aspiring or real transsexual) has long gone for any major size of time, not to mention eighteen months, Norah Vincent’s awesome account is a captivating interpreting adventure and a revelatory piece of anecdotally dependent gender research that's absolute to spark fierce and engaging dialog
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Joyce Carol Oates, The Times Literary Supplement “Eye-opening…While the side effects of Vincent’s experiment are fascinating, it is her field reporting from Planet Guy that holds the most novelty. ” —New York Post “This isn’t a we-are-the-world book in which Vincent rejoices in our common humanity. ” —Austin American-Statesman “Vincent can be a candid and brave writer, always eager to avoid political cant and hackneyed thinking, and this male reader kept turning the pages eagerly. Vincent has glimpsed some things about manhood that hardly any women get to see….
But that wasn’t quite all there was to it. There was something more than respect being communicated in their averted gaze, something subtler, less direct. It was more like a disinclination to show disrespect. For them, to look away was to decline a challenge, to adhere to a code of behavior that kept the peace among human males in certain spheres just as surely as it kept the peace and the pecking order among male animals. To look another male in the eye and hold his gaze is to invite conflict, either that or a homosexual encounter.
I was late already, and my nervous hesitations had made me later. “Yeah,” I croaked, trying to keep my voice down and my demeanor unshaken. “Great,” he said, grabbing me by the arm. ” “Okay,” I said, following his lead. There was no getting out of it now. He walked me over to the front desk and left me there with the attendant, who was helping another bowler. As I stood waiting, I was able for the first time to focus on something beyond myself and my fear of immediate detection. I looked at the rows of cubbyholes behind the desk, all with those familiar red, blue and white paneled shoes stuffed in them in pairs.