Read Lovely Books

8 Books That Look At Masculinity Through A Refreshing New

When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission

They are pressurized into a performative model of masculinity that completely removes empathy out of the equation

As a result, men are always expected to be strength personified

Their breakdowns and mental health issues are pushed under the carpet

Today, I have curated a list of books that encourage men to work through their conditioning and

They urge our world to abandon the rhetoric that censors men’s emotions and only accepts a

Manhood and masculinity come in all varieties, and welcoming their multiple renditions is the only way forward

If you too are tired of how we look at our men and how they are trained

Written in the form of a letter from Coates to his son, this book reexamines masculinity and

His letter zooms in on the multifacetedness of Black manhood

He talks of the kind of masculinity that resists the hegemonic forces while also practicing tenderness

bell hooks writes in lucid prose about men’s inherent need to feel loved

hooks addresses the most common concerns that plague men, like fear of intimacy and loss of their

Perry examines what it would be like to live in a world where men are not bound

He discusses the difference between what masculinity is and what it should be

His goal is to find ways in which men can foster better relationships with themselves and the

Sign up for our Book Deals newsletter and get up to 80% off books you actually want to

He breaks downs the roles expected of men and maps out how we can debunk them

He explains the issues men face with marriage, vulnerability, sexuality, body image, and fatherhood

With great insight and empathy, he pens down how men are also victims of patriarchy and its

But our young protagonist’s mother doesn’t go with the cultural expectations and teaches the boy

But in every friendship, there comes a time when one person’s choices irk the other

Bunny accepts an athletic scholarship across town, leaving Nasir feeling betrayed

Instead of portraying teenage boys as emotionless automatons, this book delves into the complexities that make up

As we move towards a more progressive society, typical gender roles have been rendered obsolete

From his sister’s shimmery skirt to his Abuelita’s sparkly bracelets, he is fascinated by every

Even when he is being teased for not being “man enough,” he doesn’t care, as even

This book is a heartwarming story on gender expression and breaking out of the old-fashioned mold of

Besides this piece, I also suggest you read why we need better male literary heroes