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The Descent of Man

Autor: Grayson Perry
Sprecher: Jonny Philips
Spieldauer: 3 Std. und 54 Min.
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, read by Jonny Philips.

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place for everyone? What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?

Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being 'right' and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?

Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say, 'If you spot it, you've got it' - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand-new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

©2016 Grayson Perry (P)2016 Penguin

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"Grayson Perry for King and Queen of England. Imagine how brilliant our country would look if he was." (Caitlin Moran)

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A mixed bag

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. the content is a mixed bag of brilliant ideas on masculinity, identity and gender equality and some just straight up factually wrong statements.
it's a personal account of an artist, so enjoy it in that sense more than an academic or scientific study.

what I liked most: the default man idea, his take on anger and vulnerability and calling for a wider range of understanding of masculinity.
what I didn't like: some statements are sexiest and some are just plain wrong e.g.: being single is not good for men, men don't care about x or y.
also, his personal trauma being abused as child is so palpable in what his hatred for the "classical" masculinity. I just prefer ideas coming from a thoughtful prossess rather than bad personal experiences.