For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity

For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity

by Liz Plank
For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity

For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity

by Liz Plank


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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 realize—gendered 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250757203
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 60,224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LIZ PLANK is an award-winning journalist as well as an executive production and host of several critically acclaimed digital series at Vox Media. She's been listed as one of Forbes's 30 Under 30, Mediaite's Most Influential in News Media and was ranked as one of the 50 most influential women by Marie Claire. She's built a loyal following on numerous social media platforms, but her proudest accomplishment by far remains being blocked by the 45th president of the United States.

Table of Contents


The Problem that Had No Name
1. You're Not Born a Man
2. Manhood Is Never Fully Earned and Needs to Be Renewed Over and Over Again
3. Masculinity Is Under Attack
4. Men Are Slaves to Their Bodies and Their Nether Regions
5. Men Don't Need Intimacy
6. Male Shame: What Is It Like to Feel Like You Need to Prove Something You Never Quite Feel Like You Have?

7. The Great Suppression
8. Bromance
9. Waffles Are His Love Language
10. The Mancession
11. If Patriarchy Is So Great, Why Is It Making You Die?
12. The Making of Men
13. Compassion As the Antidote to Hate

Conclusion: The Case for Mindful Masculinity


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