Jack Urwin's father died just before Jack turned 10. Being male, he never really learned to talk about this with any kind of sincerity. His grief stayed with him through his teens, slowly becoming depression. Now 24 and a journalist whose recent Vice article, A Stiff Upper Lip Is Killing British Men - described as 'fabulous' by Irvine Welsh - became a viral sensation, Urwin explores what it means to be a man now. He traces crises of masculinity from our grandfathers' inability to deal with the horrors of war to the mob mentality of football terraces or Fight Club and the disturbing rise of mental health problems among men today.
Smart, funny and friendly, but with a wisdom that belies the author's age, Man Up is the start of an essential conversation for men, exploring why we have perpetuated the myth of masculinity - and how we can challenge it and change it.
©2016 Jack Urwin (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"This Book Matters"
Simply strives for a better world.
A must read for a man or in fact, and more appropriately, a must read for everyone. Carefully written and perhaps uniquely unbiased, Hawkins walks you through some shocking truths of the subject and its affect on mental wellbeing across modern environments.
Also, you can enjoy very well placed cursing.
"Interesting / Well Written, but.."
I thought the book flowed well and was easy to listen to, I certainly did not struggle to finish, or get lost at any point. While I thought the author made some interesting points and I was fascinated to hear the real life stories, I personally found myself in disagreement with many of his main points. Written from a very left wing, liberal, feminist and gender neutral perspective. I certainly picked up some useful insights into how unintentionally we can all be fueling discrimination. I disagree with his closing statement, and theme throughout that 'masculinity is not the opposite of femininity' as my personal view is that while men and women should absolutely be equals, we can also celebrate our differences in a healthy and productive way.
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