The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

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Washington Square Press, Dec 21, 2004 - Social Science - 208 pages
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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.

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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Review: The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

User Review  - Carolita Joseph - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this book as it offered such an in-depth critique of both men and women in regards to preserving the emotional well-being of our young boys. I think some feminists are hesitant to ... Read full review

Review: The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

User Review  - Maruk - Goodreads

Incredibly cogent analysis on patriarchy and the ways in which men are stopped from expressing their own emotional angst. Hooks also notes that the system we live in is patriarchal, imperialist and ... Read full review


Men Who Love
Understanding Patriarchy
Being a Boy

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Bell Hooks was born Gloria Watkins on September 25, 1952. She grew up in a small Southern community that gave her a sense of belonging as well as a sense of racial separation. She has degrees from Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has served as a noted activist and social critic and has taught at numerous colleges. Hooks uses her great-grandmother's name to write under as a tribute to her ancestors. Hooks writes daring and controversial works that explore African-American female identities. In works such as Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism and Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, she points out how feminism works for and against black women. Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth.

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