The Descent of Man

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Penguin Books, 2016 - Masculinity - 145 pages
"What is masculinity and what can it become? It might seem like a luxury in a world facing climate change and vast imbalances in global wealth, but Grayson Perry sees masculinity as a highly active component in all the big issues. Tracing the contours of the dominant male role today, its history and its clearly defined rules, The Descent of Manexplores everything from sex, seriousness and intimidation to clothing, childhood and power, suggesting a more modern model of manhood which may reach escape velocity from the gravity of Traditional Man."

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This book presents Grayson Perry's perspective on what it means to be a man -- and what it should mean -- in today's world. It contains some insights, but was generally much lighter than I was ... Read full review

The Descent of Man

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In this introspective examination of gender roles and expectations, British ceramicist Perry (Playing to the Gallery) returns to the subject material of his recent TV series All Man to closely and ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Grayson Perry is a man. He is also an award-winning artist, a Bafta-winning TV presenter, a Reith Lecturer and a bestselling author with traditional masculine traits like a desire to always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills.

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