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From Lord and Master to Cuckold and Fop: Masculinity in Seventeenth-Century England


That many men are today "confused" about what it means to be a "real man”:—that masculinity is in “crisis”:—has become a cultural commonplace, staring out at us from every magazine rack and television talk show in the country. American men are increasingly cast as bumping up against the limits of traditional concepts of masculinity, attempting to push beyond the rigid role prescriptions that constrain male behavior, and prevent men from more fully expressing intimacy and vulnerability. becoming more devoted and loving fathers, more sensitive lovers, and more compassionate friends to both women and other men.

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