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Is Masculinity Toxic?

A Primer for the 21st Century
Paperback Book
WW Norton
October, 2019
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Publisher’s Description: 

This timely title weighs
masculinitys capacity for
good against its potential
for destruction in the
context of contemporary
debates on the topic.

In the wake of the MeToo movement and the upsurge in both feminist and mens rights activism, traditional masculinity has become the topic of impassioned debate. Is Masculinity Toxic? interrogates the myths surrounding modern manhood, asking whetherand howwe need to change our attitudes toward masculinity in the twenty-first century.

Therapist Andrew Smiler addresses the topic of masculinity in four chapters: Evolving Understandings of Masculinity, which examines the history of ideas about masculinity, Male Power to Harm, which dissects the societal impacts of toxic masculinity, including bullying behavior, rape culture, and early male mortality; Men and Interpersonal Relationships, discusses how men are encouraged not to express their feelings, the sexual objectification of women, and male attitudes toward fatherhood; and Changing Face of Masculinity Today, which details the ways in which masculinity might adapt to the last centurys sweeping changes in gender roles.

Is Masculinity Toxic? revisits all sides of the debate, recognizing the positive impact of some of todays models of masculinity while acknowledging the failures and limitations of others.

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