What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future

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Rebecca Walker
Riverhead Books, 2004 - Fiction - 252 pages
One of Time magazine's 50 Future Leaders of America brings together novelists, essayists, men, and women to talk about the future of masculinity.

What does it mean to be male in the twenty-first century? What does the concept of masculinity even mean in the wake of four decades of modern feminism? What makes a man a man today and a woman a woman? Are those distinctions even real anymore? In this groundbreaking collection, Michael Datcher, Michael Moore, Anthony Swofford, Ruth Bettelheim, and a whole host of the world's most influential authors address these questions and many others. Through diverse themes that touch all of our lives-including sex, grief, power, money, family, privilege, violence, marriage, and work-these accomplished contributors lend their unique perspectives as they share their thoughts, experiences, and stories on forging new men and defining masculinity in a constantly changing world.

Rebecca Walker's feminist anthology, To Be Real, published nearly a decade ago, is a standard text in women's studies courses across the country. Considered one of the defining texts of contemporary feminism, To Be Real successfully bridged chasms between generations and ideologies. Similarly revolutionary and challenging in scope, What Makes a Man will be the first book to articulate and define the contours and concerns of a new generation of men.

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I am (obviously) not a man, but I am raising two boys, and so I bought this book wanting to learn a little more about the struggles that come with being and/or becoming a "man" in contemporary society ... Read full review

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In this compilation of articles, editor Walker (To Be Real: Telling the Truth and the Changing Face of Feminism) draws attention to the meaning of masculinity in the 21st century by asking the ... Read full review


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Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing and activism. Her memoir, Black White and Jewish, is an international bestseller and her work has appeared in many anthologies and publications. Walker lectures extensively across the United States and Canada.

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