Patriarchy blues : reflections on manhood

by Joseph, Frederick (Activist),

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"[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.

Mercy, 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 Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Concepts of privilege, power, race, and gender are put on trial in this scorching treatise on toxic masculinity. When Joseph (The Black Friend) was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 24, he took stock of his life and saw he'd been navigating the world "through a misogynistic" perspective. In addressing that, he delivers a series of stringent essays aiming to "uproot" a contemporary cultural landscape that has "conditioned us to uphold not only homophobia, misogyny, and transphobia--but white supremacy as well." In "The Shore," he uses the film The Matrix to examine the ways society's racist and sexist power dynamics act like a "computer-generated world" designed to oppress its people (Christianity, he argues, "gaslight believers" to perpetuate a similar hierarchical system). He also takes searing aim, in "The Rot in the Garden," at social media--which "open a world of possibility" while reinforcing harmful prejudices--and wonders whether, rather than "canceling," people should be "asking each other to evolve." 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: "As a Black man I should not be above reproach... simply because I also face oppression." This potent work makes a systemic issue immensely personal. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Masculinity.
Men -- Social conditions.
Men -- Psychology.
African American men -- Social conditions.
African American men -- Psychology.
Publisher New York, NY :Harper Perennial,2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xviii, 254 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-254).
ISBN 9780063138322
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