Patriarchy blues : reflections on manhood
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"[A] scorching treatise on toxic masculinity. Joseph's critiques of "the patriarchy... both overt and ingrained" are razor-sharp, but it's the clear-eyed reckoning of his own place within it that tethers the soul of his book." --Publishers Weekly
"Joseph has learned a great deal from bell hooks here, and I think she would be proud because Patriarchy Blues is such a moving, inspiring, rigorous vision for living." --Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Prophets
In this personal and poignant collection, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Friend examines the culture of masculinity through the lens of a Black man.
What does it mean to be a man today? How does the pervasive yet elusive idea of "toxic masculinity" actually reflect men's experiences--particularly those of color--and how they navigate the world?
In this thought-provoking collection of essays, poems, and short reflections, Frederick Joseph contemplates these questions and more as he explores issues of masculinity and patriarchy from both a personal and cultural standpoint. From fatherhood, and "manning up" to abuse and therapy, he fearlessly and thoughtfully tackles the complex realities of men's lives today and their significance for society, lending his insights as a Black man.
Written in Joseph's unique voice, with an intelligence and raw honesty that demonstrates both his vulnerability and compassion, Patriarchy Blues forces us to consider the joys, pains, and destructive nature of manhood and the stereotypes it engenders.
ContentsMercy, mercy me
Introduction: A legacy of anti-patriarchy
Lay of the land: The shore ; Patriarchy is... ; On the eighth day, the Lord made oppression ; The first Colossus ; False binary ; Generational curses ; Green prisons ; The rot in the garden ; Gaslighting culture ; If these hands could talk
Impact or (the unbelievable pain caused): The blood of forty-four ; Of monsters and men ; The hypocricy of Hoteps and the bourgeoisie ; Expectations and shadows ; A case for decriminalizing sex work ; View (by Novell Jordan) ; Who carries the hatred ; As they rampage ; The epidemic of rape culture ; Womanizer ; I come apart ; Purity and grace ; Accountability in caste and intersectionality ; On patriarchical violence
In defense of Black women: Black women are not mules ; Dear Oluwatoyin ; Black body politics ; My mother's son ; Notes from a king ; What does a Black person owe this country? ; The oppressed may also be the oppressors ; A good white woman (I'm an ally) ; What white feminism has taken. Part 1, The shield ; What white feminism has taken. Part 2, The sword
Building anew: Therapy (how do you feel?) ; What was made, may be broken ; In that dirty mirror ; In the end (letting go of our fathers).
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Men -- Social conditions.
Men -- Psychology.
African American men -- Social conditions.
African American men -- Psychology.
|Publisher|| New York, NY :Harper Perennial,2022
xviii, 254 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-254).