Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood Audiobook, by Frederick Joseph Play Audiobook Sample

Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood Audiobook

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Read By: Preston Butler, Novell Jordan Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780063138346

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Longest Chapter Length:

23:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

08:00 minutes

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"[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." —Publishers Weekly

"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

In this personal and poignant collection, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Friend examines the culture of masculinity through the lens of a Black man. 

What does it mean to be a man today? How does the pervasive yet elusive idea of “toxic masculinity” actually reflect men’s experiences—particularly those of color—and how they navigate the world?

In this thought-provoking collection of essays, poems, and short reflections, Frederick Joseph contemplates these questions and more as he explores issues of masculinity and patriarchy from both a personal and cultural standpoint. From fatherhood, and “manning up” to abuse and therapy, he fearlessly and thoughtfully tackles the complex realities of men’s lives today and their significance for society, lending his insights as a Black man.

Written in Joseph’s unique voice, with an intelligence and raw honesty that demonstrates both his vulnerability and compassion, Patriarchy Blues forces us to consider the joys, pains, and destructive nature of manhood and the stereotypes it engenders. 

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“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.”

— Robert Jones Jr., New York Times bestselling author 

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About Frederick Joseph

Frederick Joseph is an award-winning marketing professional, media representation advocate, and writer who was recently selected for the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list. He is the winner of the 2018 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, given by Comic-Con International/San Diego, and was selected for the 2018 “Root 100 List of Most Influential African Americans.”

About Preston Butler

Shayna Small is an actress, singer, and educator based in New York, where she received her BFA in Drama from the Juilliard School. She has worked across a variety of media including theater, film and tv, music and voice-over.