TOXIC WAR ON MASCULINITY PB
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- ISBN 9780801075735
- Author PEARCEY NANCY
- Pub Date 01/01/2023
Bestselling author and cultural commentator explores the history of masculinity, the rise of the 'toxic masculinity' conversation, and the paradigm-shifting sociological evidence showing that Christianity provides a better blueprint..
Bestselling author and cultural commentator explores the history of masculinity, the rise of the 'toxic masculinity' conversation, and the paradigm-shifting sociological evidence showing that Christianity provides a better blueprint--and better real-world outcomes--when it comes to solving the problem of toxic behavior in men.
Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group (22 Aug. 2023)
Hardcover: 352 pages
The Toxic War on Masculinity is a groundbreaking book by Nancy Pearcey. I was intrigued that she wrote this book not least because she was the victim of violent abuse from her father, though she states this was part of the motivation behind it. She begins by noting that males grow up in a world in which they face many challenges and that boys often do less well than girls, especially in school. It is therefore a fallacy than men have all the advantages in life. Then she focusses on Christian men and demonstrates that they shatter the stereotypes by being caring husbands, fathers, work colleagues and citizens. Her point is that Christian belief put in practice enables Christian men to exert a very positive influence on society. She also backs up these claims with good evidence.
From here she looks at how secular culture has made a man’s role increasingly toxic as it has created distance between men and their families and encouraged an inherent selfishness. While her historical analysis is very American based, it does generally tally with the UK and the points she makes are valid on both sides of the Atlantic. She goes on to appeal for good male role models but insists, rightly in my view, that this requires a correct worldview which is best expressed through Biblical Christianity. This is an excellent book and much needed given that our woke culture seems to want to neuter men and divest them of their role in society. Pearcy deals with this issue with intelligence, practicality and grace.