Breaking Out of the

Breaking Out of the "Man Box": The Next Generation of Manhood

by Tony Porter


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An international TED Talk speaker, Tony Porter challenges manhood and male socialization, which he defines as the “man box.”

Tony Porter works closely with the NFL, the NBA, the MLB, the US military, colleges, universities, and numerous other organizations to prevent violence against women and girls by promoting healthy, respectful manhood. Now, in Breaking Out of the “Man Box” Porter’s message is directed at all men.

This book tackles the collective socialization of manhood and provides an in-depth look at the experiences of boys and men. In an effort to understand the many aspects of “what it means to be a man,” Porter suggests the topic is worthy of being rethought, challenged, and even redefined. This book will help men—fathers, husbands, brothers, coworkers, etc.—unpack and correct those realities.

Breaking Out of the “Man Box” boldly exposes the connection between male socialization and the quest to end violence against women and girls. Porter provides an honest and transformative experience, empowering men to create a world where men and boys are loving and respectful—and a human race where women and girls are valued and safe. On the heels of national movements and initiatives such as the NFL’s, this book provides men with the knowledge and understanding to explore how to create that world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510761841
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/16/2021
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,170,209
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tony Porter is an educator, activist, and lecturer. He is the cofounder of the organization A Call to Men. He is both nationally and internationally recognized as a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Tony’s TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Good Men, It's Time to Be Part of the Solution! 1

Lessons of the Man Box

Women Are of Less Value 11

Property and Sexual Objects

The Collective Socialization of Manhood 37

Real Talk

Conversations with Everyday Men 53

Our Relationships with Women

A Selection of My Favorite Man Box Stories 81

Young Men of Character

Tackling Sports Culture and Manhood 95

The Hard Facts

It's Time to Get Outraged 111

In the Midst of It All, I Believe in Men 123

The New Manhood Manifesto 135

Afterword 139

Acknowledgments 158

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