@JaniceOCG #TheManTheyWantedMeToBe by @jysexton & #CounterPointPress explores social consequences of toxic masculinity. Sexton is live Thurs., Jan. 13 at 8 pm ET, w/ IAF on TWN YouTube page, for discussion on democracy in @HandmaidsOnHulu & threats in current American culture.
The “personal and societal dangers of the patriarchy” and consequences for society of toxic masculinity is what The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Making, is all about, according to the publisher. This “memoir and cultural analysis” is certainly relevant to the moment in which we find ourselves as a country.
- What is it about autocratic, strongman leadership that some people seem to find attractive?
- What fears do Americans have around independent thinking and more democratic forms of leadership?
- In what ways does the family help shape our orientation to leadership and governance styles – and how can we undo this conditioning?
- How is toxic masculinity manifesting itself in modern political culture?
- What are the racial and/or ethnic orientations we receive about leadership and governance resulting from our cultural identities and affiliations?
These are some of the questions I’d like to explore with Jared Yates Sexton. How about you? — LMO
“By carefully and soberly examining his own story, Sexton deconstructs American life and gives many examples of how pervasive toxic masculinity is in our culture.” –Henry Rollins, Los Angeles Times
“This book is critically important to our historical moment . . . [C]rackles with intensity and absolutely refuses to allow the reader to look away for even a moment from the blight that toxic masculinity in America has wrought.” –Nicholas Cannariato, NPR
“The author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore turns his keen eye to our current crisis of masculinity using his upbringing in rural Indiana to examine the personal and societal dangers of the patriarchy. Based on his provocative and popular New York Times op-ed, The Man They Wanted Me to Be is both memoir and cultural analysis. Jared Yates Sexton alternates between an examination of his working-class upbringing and historical, psychological, and sociological sources that examine the genesis of toxic masculinity and its consequences for society.” — Publisher
Jared Yates Sexton is the author of three nonfiction books – The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Making, and American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People – as well as four works of fiction. He co-hosts The Muckrake Political Podcast with Nick Hauselnan, has a newsletter on Substack, live streams from YouTube, and is Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University-Statesboro. Sexton has gone undercover into the fascist world and documented the 2016 Presidential Election, gaining himself a national profile after a tweet on the campaign went viral. His political writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, and Salon.com, and he is a strong voice warning Americans on threats to democracy. He is now working on a new book. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
READ | The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Making | by Jared Yates Sexton | Non-Fiction Fiction | CounterPointPress | 4/14/2020