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Probably the best book I’ve read in a long ass time. Seriously covers every single topic in a way that highlights several opinions and facets of the same problem. Absolute must-read not only for yourself but also for other people around, especially children.
Liz provides an insightful and unique take on contemporary issues regarding masculinity and how it has become a toxic force in society. She provides significant research and support for her positions and none of it feels politically-motivated in some stereotypical way. Of course, men and the incel community crawling the internet will lurch at this opportunity to take a break from Reddit/4Chan/Breitbart to write a scathing review on Amazon without having actually read the book...unfortunately, this is the population that needs to read it most. Give Liz a chance, folks! I really enjoyed this book and am making a point to recommend it to all of my male friends...after all, I know it taught me a lot!
I tell everyone (male or female) to read this book. I've actually read the book and I had an open dialogue with my partner after each chapter to get his take on topics in the book. To clarify, nothing in this book says women are great and men aren't. These reviews clearly have not read the book because the there are no sides in this book. Each chapter is kicked off with a man's story and it should be noted that not only is research a huge foundation in this book but real life stories from the male perspective are as well. This book shows how we can all create a safe space for men to define their own version of mindful masculinity by better understanding learned toxic culture, habits, and verbiage. I boil this down to one simple idea - Women are taught their needs don't matter and men are taught they don't have any. I know I'm walking away having learned a lot.
Love this book! Well researched and thoughtful, Plank shines a light on the consequences of the larger, systemic pressures placed on men when our society views masculinity through such narrow and unrealistic lenses. Everyone benefits from these discussions and I’m grateful for the voice and perspectives presented here. A wonderful read - and certainly not just for women!
A fantastic book on "the other side of gender equality" - how patriarchy and rigid gender norms impact men in myriad ways, and what true equality means for them. Liz Plank writes with humor, warmth, and plenty of data about men's relation with health, work, love, and success in life, intertwining research-heavy chapters with short personal stories of men "outside the norm" (e.g. men with a disability, men of color, trans men, gay football players). Thus, she creates a multifaceted spectrum of perspectives on top of the research base, making a compelling case for men's right to be, in essence, fully human. This book is for anyone who ever wondered (or had to argue the case about) how feminism and gender equity liberate everyone, and what real freedom and self-determination look like.