By Roy Jerome
Examines masculinity in German tradition, society, and literature from 1945 to the current.
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An allusion to a highly successful rock song, “Neue M¨anner braucht das Land” (The country needs new men), from the women’s movement of the early ’80s. 4. Ulf Preuss-Lausitz, “Der ‘richtige Junge’ stirbt aus: Von den Problemen, heute ein Mann zu werden,” Sch¨uler 1996: Liebe und Sexualit¨at, Christine Biermann, et al, eds. (Velber: Friedrich Verlag, 1996), 61. 5. See Cornelia Helffrich, Jugend, K¨orper und Geschlecht (Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1994). See also Alfred Steffen, Portait of a Generation: The Love Parade Family Book (Cologne: Taschen, 1996).
12 With the aid of this term, the social structures, actions, images, and dynamics of dominance resulting from gender relations were to be more precisely described. 13 According to Helge Pross, the author of one of West Germany’s first inclusive studies on male sex roles, Die M¨anner, sex roles are “general behavioral rules which are added to the biological given ‘man’ and the biological given ‘woman’. . The rules contained within 18 Hard-Cold-Fast sex roles indicate which positional roles a man should normally assume, which a woman should assume.
All of its contributions posed questions concerning “which unconscious conflicts, fears, hopes, longings, which unseen interests and needs . . ”24 These approaches connect heroism and the veneration of heroes primarily to the male adolescence phase, in which the young man—in a state of crisis—must separate himself a second time from an adult world that appears overpowering. 25 From a sociopsychological perspective, heroes represent a psychic misdevelopment in the process of male socialization: “Their development is a total failure, civilization has been unable to shape them in the slightest.