In this “powerful and rather unusual” book, Nina Power argues that a “war against men” is being waged in many Western countries, Jay Elwes said in Audience. The philosopher suggests that men are constantly stigmatized in popular culture: they are portrayed as violent, selfish, and lazy – and masculinity itself is seen as “toxic”.
Power argues that this “total assault” ignores the fact that many men in today’s world feel increasingly useless and marginalized. In fact, it risks re-enacting the kind of negative group stereotypes that often created prejudice in the past.
Power argues that there are fundamental differences between men and women and that society should move in the direction of masculine character, says Louise Perry in Time. She advocates a return to traditional male virtues – such as honor, loyalty, and courage. “Boys and men must be allowed to be good,” she wrote, and “to be better.” For a feminist, her work is “original” – especially when she’s involved with anti-feminist extremist groups like the incel movement and the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) separatist group. .
Houman Barekat says in Guardians. The book’s “deep, simple, and slightly tart tone” has been the hallmark of so many culture war works in recent years.
Better than that, says Tim Adams in The Observer. Power’s writing is “provocative and demanding”, and she raises important questions – especially about how a generation of young people who feel “left out in consumer society” can be helped. encouragement to achieve a sense of “self-worth and purpose”. And on one particular point, she’s certainly right: removing masculinity only makes things worse.
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