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The Man They Wanted Me to Be

Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making

by Jared Yates Sexton

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The Man They Wanted Me to Be
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Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making
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Jared Yates Sexton

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Book Summary

A writer at Salon examines the outdated and dangerous current definitions of masculinity and the long-term effects of this socialization which include depression, shorter life spans, misogyny and suicide while examining his own working-class upbringing in the rural Midwest.