Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood


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$17.99  $16.73
Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Frederick Joseph is the author of The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, which was an instant New York Times bestseller and received four starred reviews, as well as the memoir Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood. An award-winning activist, philanthropist, and marketing professional, he was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, is a recipient of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and was selected for the 2018 Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African Americans. Frederick Joseph lives in New York City with his wife, Porsche, and their dog, Stokely.


"[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...This potent work makes a systemic issue immensely personal." -- Publishers Weekly

"In Patriarchy's Blues: Reflections on Manhood, Frederick Joseph deftly peels away the layers of innocence we all attempt to cling to when confronted with our own complicity in harmful paradigms, providing a blueprint for how we might be able to reclaim ourselves by replacing the horrors of domination with projects of radical compassion, empathy, vulnerability, and self-inventory--which is to say, finally become human. 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.

"Patriarchy Blues is an incisive, provocative, and challenging call to action. Through his own turbulent and tender life story, Frederick T. Joseph shows us what patriarchy costs all of us and precisely what's at stake if we don't dismantle it. This book is pure fire, the forging kind, the healing kind." -- Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

"Frederick's perspective is poignant and necessary and the questions he poses about intersecting identities are stunningly urgent. In a world filled with despair, this book gives me hope." -- Liz Plank, author of For The Love of Men: From Toxic to Mindful Masculinity

Joseph covers a great deal of ground, taking on rape culture, White privilege, victim blaming, the rights of sex workers, and the fact that "the Black American experience is not monolithic," always returning to the intersectionality that governs how people are defined and, too often, oppressed... A well-reasoned, wide-ranging plea for a new conception of personhood and justice." -- Kirkus