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  • Published: 3 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241356500
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $39.99

What Do Men Want?

Masculinity and Its Discontents




A philosopher asks, what exactly do men get out of being men in the twenty-first century?

It would be easy to write a feminist polemic denouncing men. This is not that book.

Something is definitely up with men. From millions who follow Jordan Peterson to the #metoo backlash, from Men's Rights activists and incels to spiralling suicide rates, it's easy to see that, while men still rule the world, masculinity is in crisis.

How can men and women live together in a world where capitalism and consumerism has replaced the values - family, religion, service and honour - that used to give our lives meaning? Feminism has gone some way towards dismantling the patriarchy, but how can we hold on to the best aspects of our metaphorical Father?

With illuminating writing from an original, big-picture perspective, Nina Power unlocks the secrets hidden in our culture to enable men and women to practise playfulness and forgiveness, and reach a true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love.

  • Published: 3 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241356500
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $39.99

Praise for What Do Men Want?

Praise for ONE DIMENSIONAL WOMAN: Crucially, it is Power's theoretical lens that raises this book above the level of much mainstream polemic. A philosophy lecturer, she will no doubt be dismissed by some for being too academic. But it is critical theory that gives her the tools to tackle these debates. One of the highlights is her fascinating genealogy of pornography. Many mainstream debates about gender equality remain boring, simplistic, even dangerous. That is why I salute this book: because it makes you think

The Guardian

Praise for ONE DIMENSIONAL WOMAN: 'Philosophically sophisticated, politically astute, Nina Power's trenchant analysis of the issues of work, sex and politics underlying consumerist contemporary feminism brings much-needed energy to debates too often trivialized. At a time when the media make minstrelization look like the only game in town, the acerbic wit, historical breadth and sheer imaginative inventiveness of One-Dimensional Woman provoke the subversive belief that feminism could again be a radical force for change.

Helen DeWitt

It's rare for anger to be so witty, wit to be so angry, or either to be so compelling. An outstanding dose of sal volatile.

China Mieville

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