Everyone needs to love and be loved - even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. 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.
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- Anonymer Hörer
Everyone ought to read this book.
bell hooks identifies the deep rift in the male person, inflicted and sustained by patriarchal values and behaviors. The rift isn’t simply male emotional repression, but a rift in the soul and spirit of man, making men incapable of living authentic and full lives. Integrity and love is the destination for men and while bell hooks expertly and concisely lays out a path of hope for men, The Will To Change stops short of a deeper questioning into the problem of gendering children - of gender not being binary. Highly recommended insight into the dynamics and trauma of my upbringing as a boy and man.