The man in high heels

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dc.contributor.advisor Christman, Jill, 1969- Nicely, Aaron J. en_US 2011-06-09T15:35:08Z 2011-06-09T15:35:08Z 2010 en_US 2010
dc.identifier LD2489.Z84 2010 .N53 en_US
dc.description Accompanying PDF contains critical essay.
dc.description Access to thesis and accompanying PDF permanently restricted to Ball State community only
dc.description.abstract My grandfathers and my two great uncles, my old men, were heroes to me. Growing up in the cushy suburbs of Cincinnati, I knew I wanted to be a man like they were men. I wanted to invent and build to solve problems, to hunt and fish, to know how to do hard labor, and to live like they lived. In this immersion journalism project I seek to reconcile the differences between my lack of self-reliance, the skills I deemed necessary to be considered a man, and the skills my old men possessed, by attempting to live like they lived. I worked at Smoke Rise Ranch as a ranch hand for three weeks, and let loose twenty-one yearling heifers. I went hunting for deer, but never fired my gun. I built a very fine quilt rack after first failing miserably. These efforts at attaining a connection with my old men fill these pages as lighthearted anecdotes of incompetence and struggle, moments of triumph, and my recognition of my heroes’ flaws: it is not easy to deconstruct a hero. It is a narrative of choices, of attempting to define the kind of man I want to be for my family in light of the kind of men they were. Some names have been changed.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.description.tableofcontents The man in high heels -- Becoming cowboy -- Ranch hand -- Man of the wilderness -- Family building -- I'm spelled M-A-N
dc.format.extent 2, 137 p. : digital, PDF file + 1 PDF file (202 Kb) en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Men -- Conduct of life. en_US
dc.subject.other Nicely, Aaron J. -- Family.
dc.subject.other Nicely, Aaron J. en_US
dc.title The man in high heels en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 6 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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