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"[A] scorching treatise on toxic masculinity. Joseph’s critiques of “the patriarchy... both overt and ingrained” are razor-sharp, but it’s the clear-eyed reckoning of his own place within it that tethers the soul of his book."—Publishers Weekly

"Joseph has learned a great deal from bell hooks here, and I think she would be proud because Patriarchy Blues is such a moving, inspiring, rigorous vision for living.”—Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Prophets

In this personal and poignant collection, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Friend examines the culture of masculinity through the lens of a Black man. 

What does it mean to be a man today? How does the pervasive yet elusive idea of “toxic masculinity” actually reflect men’s experiences—particularly those of color—and how they navigate the world?

In this thought-provoking collection of essays, poems, and short reflections, Frederick Joseph contemplates these questions and more as he explores issues of masculinity and patriarchy from both a personal and cultural standpoint. From fatherhood, and “manning up” to abuse and therapy, he fearlessly and thoughtfully tackles the complex realities of men’s lives today and their significance for society, lending his insights as a Black man.

Written in Joseph’s unique voice, with an intelligence and raw honesty that demonstrates both his vulnerability and compassion, Patriarchy Blues forces us to consider the joys, pains, and destructive nature of manhood and the stereotypes it engenders. 

©2022 Frederick Joseph (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Awakening to the impact of Patriarchy and Racism

This book is a deeply personal memoir: a compilation of reflections, eye witness accounts, essays and poems. It is precisely because it’s so personal that his work has so much impact on the reader.

I can imagine a person of any class, race, or economic standing relating to the author’s reflections and lessons.

The author has opened my eyes to what it means to consider “the least of us” in striving for a world in which each of us is precious. In particular, I learned that belonging to one oppressed class of persons does not preclude me from oppressing another. This realization opens up for me many possibilities for personal growth.

I strongly recommend Patriarchy Blues.

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Brilliant

Brilliant, poetic, dynamic, informative & easy to digest. An essential read for everyone. A critical analysis of all the important issues surrounding patriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism, homophobia, and much more with grace & ease.

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Should have bought the physical book

The writing was great! I think there is some context lost when there are multiple voices in the story though. Reading the physical copy would have likely eliminated the confusion I experienced when switching between voices (not narrators). That’s not the fault of the author, but maybe just a reflection of my own ability to follow when only listening. Would recommend.

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Thank you, brother. This was cleansing to receive. When done, pass this listen to another.