Iron Men

Jess Row (The Train to Lo-Wu) examines the rather recent and rather disturbing tendency to approach gender roles from a decidedly traditional outlook (Caitlin Flanagan, Harvey Mansfied, et al.). Row wonders why these anachronistic tomes haven’t been met with other books, books that celebrate “contemporary relationships and gender roles without panic, dread, or shame.” So he turns to Iron John, by Robert Bly.