Manhood by Steve Biddulph, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. picture-Manhood-Biddulph Putting the heart back into work. It isn’t the fact of working that does harm. Work is good – it’s what men love to do. Australian author Stephen Biddulph has written a best-selling book about men but Gerry Orkin believes that Manhood misses the mark.
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Exploring two critical social issues: Women have found the book to be a profoundly moving and revealing read; while men acquire recognition and a sense of hope that life can be different.
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Biddulphh try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. All stars for subject. There is so little else were about manhood. A very good inside and analysis of the different aspects of man life.
Also bunch of good suggestions on how to improove certain areas. I like the chapter about relations to father and job passion. Sexuality has a very good analysis on different paths.
Bidduulph if You struggle here You will only acknowledge You are on wrong path.
On the downside, to me it seems to be a bit naive a major manifesto to take advice and example from older generations. They are either too little experienced on different life paths as of individuals or lost and confused by themselves and with a lot of grief.
A BIG missing part is middle life crisis so much present in manhood. But still waiting on title with more full picture and collective experience. The chapter on man-women relationships is quite good in my opinion. It is the reason I’m giving the book 4 star rating. I’d recommend this book as long as you take it with a grain of salt. Steve Biddulph’s first edition of Manhood: An Action Plan accomplished that rarest of all achievements for a men’s movement book, achieving bestseller status in its country of publication.
The mainstream press as well as men’s rights activists praised the book, which remains Finch Publishing’s leading title. While I am here reviewing the 2nd edition of Manhood, Finch has just released a 3rd edition of the book which does not contain the same material regarding the Duluth model to which I object in this review.
How did Biddulph manage this remarkable feat? First of all, unlike many descriptive works on gender issues, the book has a specific mission–to guide men through the “seven steps to manhood. The bulk of the book concentrates on fleshing out each of these points and offering the reader concrete steps to achieving them.
Secondly, Biddulph is an extremely talented writer, packing his work chock-full of fresh insights and inspiring formulations. He also has a knack for forcefully yet succinctly capturing the essence of an issue that the more faint-hearted or less adept might approach more cautiously or avoid altogether. Some friends are on the side of your marriage and your happiness.
However, a whole other group–both married and single–are losers with women and are glad to see you having problems too. They don’t want you to stay married. Put another way, to have a demanding job, commute to work in a city and raise sons well is an impossibility.
Something has to give. Men, however, have a part of them that would like the kids to be gone yesterday! In a healthy marriage, partners compromise and give the children eighteen years and then nudge them out! A second key to Biddulph’s success is the superlative sections entitled “In a Nutshell” which end each chapter. The author deviates from the usual practice with such summaries by periodically injecting new ideas that are consistent with the chapter’s material, and it works wonderfully.
Particularly noteworthy is his advice on dealing with our emotional legacy from our dads. Unless you get in and sort it out, you will never know which is which. As a result, a funny smell is always drifting down and tainting their lives. At the same time they feel deprived–missing out on the jewels and riches concealed in the heap. I would hate to think that an ideological litmus test has been set up for books reviewed in men’s movement publications, whereby a rigid doctrine must be followed from which any deviation will be punished, in analogy to feminist reviews.
Yet at the same time, what are we to do as free men when we read an otherwise excellent book that is marred by a lack of knowledge or understanding of female complicity in domestic violence, child abuse, or other problems?
Biddulph repeatedly discusses and explicitly approves the notorious Duluth model for analyzing domestic violence.
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The author goes so far as to prominently reproduce the two famous wheels of “power and control” and “equality” in a section called “Relating with Respect” which ends the book. So a top-notch book concludes with an egregiously misandrist model that makes no acknowledgement whatsoever that the female half of our society has any responsibility for violence against partners or children. As many readers here know, women batter men at least as often as they are battered, and mothers actually commit more abuse of children than any other group, bifdulph fathers or stepfathers.
Certainly men’s violence is to be deplored, but should not women’s be similarly deplored? What is one to make of a book that along biddylph reams of very helpful advice to men, recycles the tired old feminist assumption that men are the root of all violence? Bidfulph second issue on which I somewhat take issue with Biddulph is his focus on the negative aspects of sports.
While the downside of an overweening focus on competition cannot be denied, the bidulph may be underestimating the positive role that sports can often play in a child’s life. A puzzling clash exists between such manuood and the excellent information the author imparts throughout the rest of his book in his very knowledgeable, male-friendly tone.
If Biddulph gets marks off for these occasional if critical lapses, he deserves extra credit for the compelling, provocative cases he sometimes makes in which he goes farther than most masculists might go, for example when he suggests that it may be impossible for maanhood child to reach adulthood without major problems if the child does not grow up with his or her father. I am not sure I agree with manyood but I appreciate his raising the issue.
It is only fair that I close with a couple more pungent excerpts from Manhood. Biddulph can be wildly funny and on point at the same time. When you go for that vital interview at the bank But something else happens, something they don’t tell you about.
You leave a testicle behind! The author is also very compassionate.
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He will spend his life waiting. An Action Plan is so very good at what it does well that I would bifdulph everyone to pick up a copy, gather the book’s numerous pearls, and pass over its occasional lapses with the same generosity of spirit that Steve Biddulph himself frequently displays.
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