A nonfiction investigation into masculinity, For The Love of Men provides actionable steps for how to be a man in the modern world, while also exploring how being a man in the world has evolved.
In 2019, traditional masculinity is both rewarded and sanctioned. Men grow up being told that boys don’t cry and dolls are for girls (a newer phenomenon than you might realizegendered toys came back in vogue as recently as the 80s). They learn they must hide their feelings and anxieties, that their masculinity must constantly be proven. They must be the breadwinners, they must be the romantic pursuers. This hasn’t been good for the culture at large: 99% of school shooters are male; men in fraternities are 300% (!) more likely to commit rape; a woman serving in uniform has a higher likelihood of being assaulted by a fellow soldier than to be killed by enemy fire.
In For the Love of Men, Liz offers a smart, insightful, and deeply-researched guide for what we're all going to do about toxic masculinity. For both women looking to guide the men in their lives and men who want to do better and just don’t know how, For the Love of Men will lead the conversation on men's issues in a society where so much is changing, but gender roles have remained strangely stagnant.
What are we going to do about men? Liz Plank has the answer. And it has the possibility to change the world for men and women alike.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
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For the Love of Men is a timely review of what is a hot button issue in our political landscape: gender and toxic masculinity. While this is a book that men and woman of all ages would benefit from reading, due to the divisive nature of these topics in our country, it'll be unfortunately ignored by a decent amount of people (including some of the very people a little more mindfulness could really work for). Liz Plank's arguments about masculinity and the expectations we put on men as a culture are clear-headed and well thought out, and the conclusions drawn about the ill effects of pigeonholing youngsters into bygone ideals of manliness are often shocking. The book is well researched, covering far reaching topics such as children's toys, gun violence, terrorism, and economics. Plank also ends each section by giving an opportunity for real men to tell their stories about their cultural experiences, including a former white supremacist and a gay man living with cerebral palsy. What I enjoyed most about the book is Plank's repeated assertion that overcoming entrenched, toxic ways in our culture can only benefit everyone in the long run. It's not a matter of "hating" or "emasculating" men as some commentators would have you believe, rather encouraging humanity to practice more self-reflection and empathy when it comes to policy change. Recommended for everyone. One of the more important non-fiction reads of 2019. **I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press.**