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The Descent of Man

160 pages, 2016



85 books

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, and why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and asks, what sort of men would make the world a better place, for everyone?

 What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man? The real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?

 Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say if you spot it, you've got it - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand new Manifesto for Men are shot through with honesty.