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10 books about masculinity
Pick up one of these featured titles on masculinity in May 2021.
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
Category: Interpersonal Relations
This book was published 17 years ago by Washington Square Press and takes approximately 6.9 hours to read.
In a thought-provoking social and cultural analysis, the author of All About Love explores the world of masculinity and maleness to address some of men's most common concerns, including a fear of intimacy and the loss of their patriarchal place in society, arguing that an emotionally rewarding inner life holds the key to successful intimate relationships. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Iron John: A Book about Men by Robert Bly
This book was published 6 years ago by Da Capo Press and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
The 25th anniversary edition of this "Important...timely...powerful" book ("New York Times") and a pioneering work in the men's movement, combining myth, psychology, and anthropology to offer important lessons on what it is to be a man.
Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni
This book was published this year by HarperOne and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
"Actor (Jane the Virgin), director (Five Feet Apart), and well-known social activist (Wayfarer) Justin Baldoni is boldly taking on the issues of toxic masculinity. He tackles his own struggles and brings up previously unspoken taboos to help create a new understanding and system of accountability. It is not just about becoming better men, but becoming more human. Topics will include redefining masculinity, female empowerment, relationships, violence and abuse, sex and sexuality, infidelity, body image, work-life balance, and fatherhood. Justin arms readers with new tools and the ability to have both compassion and empathy for themselves and the men in their lives in this urgent, groundbreaking and provocative reimagining of what it means to be man enough"--
Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein
This book was published last year by Harper and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
"To understand girls and sex, we also need to talk about boys and sex. Today's young men are subject to the same cultural forces as their female peers. They are steeped in the distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity which shape how they, too, navigate sexual and emotional relationships. In [this book, the author] uses the same fascinating mix of anecdote and research to reveal how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, [the author] takes an unprecedented look at the myriad factors that are shaping boys' ideas of sex, girls, and masculinity"--Provided by publisher.
Man Up!: The Quest for Masculinity by Jeffrey Hemmer
Category: Men's Issues
This book was published 4 years ago by Concordia Publishing and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
God made men and women different. He gave them each specific roles. In Man Up!, men will discover Gods true design for themwhether as a guy searching for his footing in this culture, a husband seeking a godly relationship with his wife, or a father looking for guidance on raising his children to be confessional followers of Jesus. This book is ideal for individual study, small groups, mens Bible studies, and one-on-one studies.
Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee
This book was published 2 years ago by Scribner and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
*Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction *Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Memoir/Biography *Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize One of The Times UK’s Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed’s Best Nonfiction of 2018, Autostraddle’s Best LGBT Books of 2018, Book Riot’s Best Queer Books of 2018, and 52 Insight’s Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 A “no-holds-barred examination of masculinity” (BuzzFeed) and violence from award-winning author Thomas Page McBee. In this “refreshing and radical” (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man—and what being a “good” man even means—through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described “amateur” at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of gender in society, examining sexism, toxic masculinity, and privilege. As he questions the limitations of gender roles and the roots of masculine aggression, he finds intimacy, hope, and even love in the experience of boxing and in his role as a man in the world. Despite personal history and cultural expectations, “Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight” (The A.V. Club). “Sharp and precise, open and honest,” (Women’s Review of Books), McBee’s writing asks questions “relevant to all people, trans or not” (New York Newsday). Through interviews with experts in neuroscience, sociology, and critical race theory, he constructs a deft and thoughtful examination of the role of men in contemporary society. Amateur is a graceful and uncompromising look at gender by a fearless, fiercely honest writer.
I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real
This book was published 23 years ago by Scribner and takes approximately 12.8 hours to read.
A study of the hidden epidemic of male depression draws on case studies to examine the causes of the ailment and how men can heal themselves, repair relationships, and break the chain of depression
The Evolved Masculine: Be the Man the World Needs & the One She Craves by Destin Gerek
Category: Love & Romance
This book was published 2 years ago by Archetypal Publishing and takes approximately 10.5 hours to read.
Every Crisis Has an Answer The public spotlight showcasing how men should not behave has revealed the stark truth that men are struggling to find their place in a changing world, but few role models are lighting the way forward. Drawing on his 20-year career as a sexuality and leadership coach for men, Destin Gerek brings the full tour de force of his extraordinary lived experience as the Erotic Rockstar and acclaimed professional expertise to create inspiring new models of possibility for men. In The Evolved Masculine, Destin spearheads this new paradigm through compelling (and at times explicit) personal stories and practical proven techniques, which show men how to have greater confidence, more and better sex, and hotter, more satisfying relationships with women. Evolution has taught us that it is neither the strongest nor the most intelligent that survive, it is those who are most adaptable to change. Men are being called to rise, to redefine their roles. And, amid this "crisis of masculinity," the men committed to walking the Evolved Masculine path are leading the way.
The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives by Lewis Howes
Category: Love & Romance
This book was published 4 years ago by Rodale Books and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
A USA Today Bestseller! Standing between you and the man you CAN be is one thing: The Mask of Masculinity. Lewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American, played almost every sport in high school, and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, “The School of Greatness,” into a global phenomenon and becoming successful beyond his wildest dreams. But his whole identity was built on misguided beliefs aboutwhat “masculinity” was: dangerous, false ideas learned from teammates and coaches in locker rooms and stereotypes in the media. Like so many men, Howes grew up to be angry, frustrated, and always chasing something that was never enough. At 30 years old, outwardly thriving but unfulfilled inside, Howes began a personal journey to find inner peace and to uncover the many masks that men—young and old—wear: by asking for advice from some of the world’s best psychologists, doctors, and household names like Tony Robbins, Alanis Morissette, and Ray Lewis. That journey created this book—a must read for every man, and for every woman who loves a man. In The Mask of Masculinity, Howes exposes the ultimate emptiness of the Material Mask, the man who chases wealth above all things; the cowering vulnerability that hides behind the Joker and Stoic Masks of men who never show real emotion; and the destructiveness of the Invincible and Aggressive Masks worn by men who take insane risks or can never back down from a fight. He teaches men how to break through the walls that hold them back and shows women how they can better understand the men in their lives. It’s not easy, but if you want to love, be loved, and live a great life, then it’s an odyssey of self-discovery that all modern men must make.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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