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The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man (Hardback)

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'A breeze of a read, makes you see our male-manufactured world a little differently... Grayson Perry has written the very book I wanted to write'Matt Haig'GRAYSON PERRY FOR KING AND QUEEN OF ENGLAND. Imagine how BRILLIANT our country would look if he was.' Caitlin MoranGrayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place, for everyone?What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man? Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being 'right' and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say, 'if you spot it, you've got it' - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: menPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 20/10/2016 ISBN-13: 9780241236277  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Grayson Perry's first art prize was a large papier-mache head he awarded to himself as part of a performance art project at college in 1980. Since then he has won many other awards, including the Turner Prize in 2003. He is now one of Britain's most celebrated artists and has had major solo exhibitions all over the world.

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The book is very easy to read and has some very good points about masculinity as a social construct and the need to rethink it in view of the contemporary world. It is not an academic reading therefore some concepts lack depth but it is a very pleasant read and at times very funny. I suspect that people who will read the book already share the author's view, which is a shame as the book is meant to be read by the people who assume that masculinity is genetic and that it is under "threat".

- 03/01/2017
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