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Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump's twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be 'toxic', 'fragile' and 'in crisis'. In Mask Off, JJ Bola exposes masculinity as a performance that men are socially conditioned into. Using examples of non-Western cultural ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 30th 2019 by Pluto Press
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Charlott
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5

In Masks Off: Masculinity Redefined JJ Bola examines the ways masculinity (or better masculinities) is (are) crafted, reinforced and upheld and at what cost. Bringing together stories – and lessons learned - from his own life, experiences from working with different groups of men, as well as secondary literature (studies, articles, books etc) JJ Bola focusses on persistent patriarchal structures and asks what men can do to dismantle these. This book is only 120 pages long which makes it a
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Whitney
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. Should be in every school, library, PRU, YOI and Prison up and down the country. Also a brilliant tool for those working with young people. Thoroughly enjoyed this read and cannot wait for JJ Bola to develop more on this subject.
Simone
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars, rounded up. A lot of ground covered in its pages. Deals with weighty topics in an accessible and thought-provoking manner. Nicely done.
Iks
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Often, the weight of patriarchy is heavy, but when you've been carrying the weight for so long, you forget what its like to be without that weight.'
Idk how to review a book that just needs to be read. An essential read if you've been in denial about how deeply ingrained patriarchy is in everything. As said in the book, you may not be benefiting from it but it could be the thing thats destroying you.
'If its a system, or ideology that has been created by people it can be transformed or
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Kristoph David
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, non-fiction
Definitiv ein gutes Buch, gut geschrieben, mit schön eingebundenen persönlichen Erfahrungen des Autors. Ich hatte mir inhaltlich aber deutlich mehr erwartet, dass er tiefer in die Materie geht. So war es nur, zitierfähig aufgearbeitet, eine große, zusammenhangslose Sammlung von Gedanken über Männlichkeit und Maskulinität, wie ich sie schon lange aus feministischen Kreisen auf Twitter kenne. Auf jeden Fall gut, um diese Positionen zu belegen und untermauern. Mir war das Buch aber zu wenig - Es ...more
Igor Termenon
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This should be a mandatory book for male teenagers. Before I started reading it, I thought the author was a gay man, and was going to tackle the topic from this perspective, but I was surprised in a very positive manner to read all these thoughts on different masculinities from a straight man's point of view. I would have liked it to be slightly longer, but I'm looking forward to reading more by J. J. Bola
Meltem Osman
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On exploring masculinity this book hits all the nails on the head. A comprehensive yet accessible and quick read, pulling together ideas, critiques, consequences, and solutions to how masculinity operates in society. Fantastic read, will be encouraging everyone I know to give it a read!
Matt
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent text revealing the inner workings of masculinity and its effects on men and women of all ages. This is an excellent, fast-paced primer on masculinity that I think everyone could benefit from reading.
Alan Fricker
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Useful on several levels
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A Kinshasa born, London raised writer, poet, educator and workshop facilitator. London and UK based, but also international; Paris, Brussels, Boston etc, most recently San Francisco and Oakland, where he won the Oakland Poetry Slam. Performs regularly at shows and festivals such as Tongue Fu, Vocals & Verses, Chill Pill, The Round House, Ventnor Fringe, etc as well as Universities; SOAS, UCL, ...more
“Patriarchy can seem ubiquitous. It can feel all consuming, all encompassing; controlling every part of your life, from the way you see yourself to the way you see others, from your relationships and friendships, to familial ties, from identity to opportunities and experiences. Yet at the same time, it can also seem invisible.” 0 likes
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