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The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love Paperback – Dec 21 2004
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In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are—whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. But toxic masculinity punishes those fundamental emotions, and it’s so deeply ingrained in our society that it’s hard for men to not comply—but hooks wants to help change that.
With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways. She believes men can find the way to spiritual unity by getting back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves—and lay claim to the rich and rewarding inner lives that have historically been the exclusive province of women. A brave and astonishing work, The Will to Change is designed to help men reclaim the best part of themselves.
George Weinberg author of Why Men Won't Commit [A] compelling study of the culture's unfairness to men.
"Each offering from bell hooks is a major event....She has so much to give us." —MAYA ANGELOU
About the Author
- Publisher : Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (Dec 21 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743456084
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743456081
- Item weight : 163 g
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.35 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ideas very interesting; a reparative reading. bell hooks helps us understand the impacts of patriarchy on men without contempt.
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Sometimes as women, we are so quick to demonise men and forget that we often perpetuate the same patriarchy that we are fighting to abolished. Hooks talks about men, emotions and how women are not always able to handle a man who is emotive and likes to talk about he feels. We have been conditioned to believing that masculinity equates to being hard and showing no emotion, so when a man finally does show/ discuss his emotions.. we have no idea how to handle it.
Hooks is a great author when it comes to intersectionality of different factors that affect one's behaviour etc. Great read!
The book is inspiring. It provides a vocabulary for many of those things we experience but can't quite define on our own. Bell Hook's writing soothes the soul, she is truly compassionate. She contextualizes personal experience providing a clear and coherent picture of her broader, radical vision.
Following this reading, I was ready to explore more of her work.