His main argument institutes what was formerly a comparatively definite and direct transition for males to experience boyhood to manhood has become much more perplexing and sophisticated. Kimmel has to prove to his audience that he is trustworthy to listen and learn all the information he is going to inform them with. Each of these stories offer a different view but a similar idea as to how men in this society behave and how they should act. Irvine explains in her essay that words and the ideas behind the words is suspect to change over time. To reflect his writing style, he mainly talks about the physical effects this has had on male and female characteristics. Words are the reason why these standards have been established for all genders and sexualities.

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He discusses who the young man get the ideas from, that makes them be a man. He also explains how the boys psychological developmental starts to build the idea in them to be a tough man. If you show weakness, you can be considering as gay. This refers to have the power and be a successful guy in the definition of masculinity. You want to be at the top and always taking the lead. You always want to be tough and always finish before the rest of the man.

You want to be the boss. This refers as to be strongly building man to be ready for any situation to come. You have to react appropriate to the situation. Always stay hard as a rock. A lot of my guy friends call fags other guys because of the way they dress.

For example they think guys that do their eye-brows are gay, or guys that shave their legs are gay to. I hear and see this in my culture. We are expected to be strong and brave.

Never be coward, and be ready for any situation to come. We also call it Machismo. A macho man supposed to have control at the house and most of the stuff needs to be done with her authorization. He has no fear, and never run from his problems no matter how big they are.

Kimmel believes that this all of the rules fit like a comfortable straightjacket. I think that most of the guys can identify with at least one rule. You either follow some of the rules or else you might have a hard time in the world out there, and people might take advantage of you.

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Bros Before Hos : The Guy Code, By Michael Kimmel

He introduces by talking about what women feel about being a woman. He emphasizes that men are more conscious about their behavior because they do not want to be noticed as having feminine characteristics. After researching through a bunch of languages focused on criticizing men as not masculine, Kimmel concludes that all of them aim at men being unemotional and strong. He shows how different people get the idea of masculinity and the different aspects of it from other male members they are related to in some way or another. The motivation behind being masculine is more to get the approval of other men then to impress women.


“Bros Before Hos”: The Guy Code

In this essay, Kimmel explores the stereotypes of the genders, males in specific. Most of the women mainly say that being a women means you can be whatever you want to be. Kimmel then goes on to explore what it means to be a man. He has gone on to ask males all around the country what it means to be a man. We can summarize from this list of varying responses that men want to be looked at as having no weaknesses or emotions. They want to be known as powerful and as having control over every situation.


Bros Before Hos

Kimmel explores the expectations placed on men first by method of compare and contrast. Kimmel relates the stories of some of his interviews with women and then with men concerning their gender. These rules, documented by the social psychologist in are strikingly similar to the list Kimmel compiled in recent times. Kimmel uses description to finish out his essay, as he describes homophobia as a means by which to force masculine behaviors on males.


The article was part of a book he wrote in , written about men ages sixteen to twenty six and directed towards anyone interested in gender and how it relates to masculinity and men. The purpose is to relate this code to why young men act and feel the way they do, and how masculinity is perceived in culture. Kimmel first uses exemplification to explain what the guy code is all about. He uses example of young men who coaches, dads, brothers, and friends have ridiculed them for showing any kind of emotion other then angry. As a guy if you step outside these rules you are opening yourself up to be called words such as gay and homo, which he believes for a young man is the ultimate put down of their masculinity; therefore, self. Towards the end of the article he uses cause and effect, which discusses the effect that the boy code has on men as they mature.

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