Summary

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.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mr. J. W. Rankin on 23-11-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By N Burrage on 14-04-17

The crisis is with capitalism

If you could sum up Man Up in three words, what would they be?

leftward honest plea

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would like to side with the author and say it was nurture however there is mounting evidence that nature plays a bigger part than we would like . The universalities point to more nature and Margaret Mead has been found to have misrepresented the male role . However i think the author is correct that all stand to benefit from men having more flexible roles .It is also crucial going into the future that men can see the benefits to themselves of womens rights and equality mens support for this and therefore a better society is critical .The author states it can't go back the author is wrong it can and in other countries has done .The book raises many very valid points the media encouragement of toxic masculinity does all down and stereotyping of youngs boys into rigid roles very young does great damage .

What does Jack Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration is excellent and makes the book obtainable quickly easy to listen to and conveying outrage and humour to the listener

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it is funny in places and hard hitting in others . I do not see masculinity in crisis ,capitalism is in crisis it has served us well but its contradictions are unwinding it and effecting men and women . Our society is not equal for so many reasons but one stands out the need for a tiny minority to scapegoat others to take attention away from themselves /. £1.4 trillion of tax payers money to bail out capitalism the ordinary man and woman pays for with austerity while the richest 1% gain an extra £55 billion . Turn the anger onto scapegoats immigrants and brexit but also anti women sentiments in ukip with its 4 million votes . Men and Women essentially share the same interest in advancing equality but as capitalisms crisis deepens in this period that feels like a slow motion 1930's our media will further stir each against the other this book starts a conversation that may get ahead of that and enable men and women to see their mutual interest and spot the elephant in the room the failure of capitalism .

Any additional comments?

all in all a good thought provoking listen worth purchasing .

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