“Guyland” was first conceptualized by sociologist and feminist activist Michael S. Kimmel. In response to arguments that boys and men are economically and emotionally struggling, Kimmel argues that we are perhaps focusing our attention on the wrong groups. He argues that it is “guys” who deserve more attention. In an in-depth analysis of nationwide demographic trends, interviews with college students, and popular culture, Kimmel articulates some of the most pressing concerns for a specific group of almost-men and the effects on everyone else. This entry explains the conceptualization of “Guyland” as both a developmental stage and a social space in addition to its causes and consequences.

Guyland as Developmental Stage and Social Space

Young men today are doing things a bit differently than in the past. ...

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