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Stand by Your Manhood: A Game-changer for Modern Men Hardcover – 27 Nov 2014
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A sophisticated tome for the modern man. --The Mirror
It is: intelligent, very well-researched including extensive interviews with many female academics and researchers, myth-busting, articulate, witty, upbeat, challenging, surprising, laugh out-loud funny in places, shocking in others, angry, compassionate, respectful of women, optimistic and a really good read. --Huffington Post
[An] angry, funny, provocative book [that] certainly offers plenty of food for thought. I am stirred by his rallying call for us to become 'suffragents'. --Daily Mail
A funny, frank read. I don't think I'll ever look at my manhood in the same way again. --Danny Wallace
'Empowering and humorous... his entire book is a call to arms for men to celebrate, acknowledge, and take pride in themselves as men. [A] standing ovation for men.'
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About the Author
Deftly proving that men can multi-task, Peter Lloyd is a London-based journalist who contributes to The Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and the Daily Telegraph. Originally from Liverpool, he was formerly the staff writer at Madonna's UK PR company, where he salsa danced with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, got drunk with Depeche Mode and bonded with Russell Brand over The Smiths. He also worked as a freelance copywriter for Simon Fuller's 19 in Manhattan, New York. This is his first book (but hopefully not his last).
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On the plus side, ‘Stand by Your Manhood’ highlights some of the problems, issues and disadvantages faced by men and boys, while also raising some interesting points and providing a refreshing alternative to the usual feminist clichés and gender double standards. The author’s breezy, light-hearted and humorous style also makes the book an easy read, especially for those who don’t want anything too intellectual.
However, I personally didn’t find the author’s style of writing to be especially engaging, and although the book isn’t badly written, I also can’t say that it’s especially well written. In addition, I thought the book was quite lightweight and superficial, with the author seeming to skim over things rather than offering any kind of proper discussion or analysis. It’s almost as if he assumed, perhaps somewhat conveniently, that the book’s humorous style – though it’s not exactly hilarious – was a fitting substitute for a more rigorous approach to the subject matter.
Furthermore, I couldn’t help thinking that the author was only really interested in presenting a certain perspective on things, and that he would briefly discuss a given topic or issue, throw in some quotes or facts and figures to bolster his position, and then move onto something else, with any context or bigger picture notable by its absence. In fact, and as I recall, a whole chapter is devoted to having a dig at certain celebrities for their ‘crimes’ – whether real, alleged or merely perceived, and varying in magnitude from the serious to the annoyingly trivial. For me, this lends a distinctly ‘tabloid’ feel to the proceedings, and reads like little more than a rather indignant personal blog that, at times, is as poorly reasoned as it is harsh and unfair.
Perhaps all of this is unsurprising, as without wishing to get personal, and mainly due to certain things he has posted on Twitter, I have formed the view that the author can not only demonstrate somewhat simplistic and blinkered thinking, but also a bluntness, crassness and intolerance of alternative viewpoints that I find as arrogant as it is unpleasant. In fact, I would go as far as to say that he even reminds me of Piers Morgan, which really is saying something! In the same way that some atheists exhibit the dogmatic rigidity and intolerance they accuse religious fundamentalists of, I can’t help thinking that the author demonstrates some of the very same qualities he seems to be critical of in others.
For a title such as this, readers should be able to expect a certain level of objectivity on the part of the author, and hence an ability and willingness to consider alternative perspectives and assess any wider context. As such, I am very much left wondering whether this book is a fair and accurate appraisal of the situation faced by blokes in the 21st Century, or whether it represents little more than a half-baked rant from somebody who seems to have something of a chip on his shoulder and an axe to grind, and who might be better off sticking to Twitter.
For me, ‘Stand by Your Manhood’ is a pretty lame book that ultimately fails to deliver, and whose subject matter would perhaps be better served by a more competent and, dare I say it, more likeable author. In short, give this book - and also its author - a miss and watch ‘The Red Pill’ instead!
Knee-jerk disparagement of men is commonplace these days. I see it on TV and depressingly regularly on Facebook, where I make a point of politely objecting to it. Sexism is ugly, stupid, unfair and harmful whichever sex is its victim and however mild or humorous a particular instance may appear to be. Ask yourself, would you smile if the same thing were said about women?
Journalist Peter Lloyd has predictably been attacked as misogynistic for this highly readable book, just as Matt Haig' was Twitter-trolled recently for suggesting he might write on a similar theme. Lloyd and Haig are emphatically not misogynistic. Lloyd praises, extensively quotes and supports many feminist women in this book. He is not anti women; he is anti sexism. I am grateful to the feminist lesbian who recommended his book to me.
Man or woman, you almost certainly won't agree with everything in it. But may I prompt some of you to read it and think about it and do your careful best not to be sexist and your small bit to combat sexism against both your daughters and your sons?
I was first shocked by the hidden dangers facing boys & men in our society and then I became furious, bloody furious.
This book should be compulsory reading for all young men, and especially mothers of young boys.
Despite the shocking details covered in this book, it also instils well needed motivation for starting to face up to these state sanctioned inequalities.
Quite a few books are now tackling this subject. Feminist sows openly attack the authors as 'small dicked, weak, sexists - bla, bla, bla.' However none have come up with convincing counter arguments to the issues raised - when you do not like the question and the answer certainly doesn't suit - attack the source - Go on read the very witty source and stand up for your or your mans manhood.