Laura Dodsworth has been bold enough to photograph 100 penises and publish them. Maybe a nice addition to the coffee table when company drops by. A universal anxiety when confronted with it, the male reproductive organ. However this is not the focus of this book, the focus is on men’s personal stories. A topic which is often joked at and frowned in within the circle of men and women. Aren’t all men the same. This idea underlines the stories about men in bars, men at work, men in marriages, men in love and men on the street. You know the guy that’s loud and makes awkward jokes about women, and we all know him and nod our heads in agreement.
So that’s the challenge. The often ugly stereotypes we have about men rise when we are ignorant of their personal stories creating a clear vacuum of actual intimate understanding of men’s lives.
Manhood : A bare reality takes us on a journey of men and their lives. Like so many books about women we now have something for men. To dispel the stereotype that all men are bloodthirsty for war and rape, or power mad politicians or blood thirsty CEO’s. This book is about men’s stories, their bodies, their appetites, their insecurities and their joys, the lives that their paths take. The raw and honest truth to reveal how amazing and diverse men are.
This book left me feeling exhilarated and reflective. In the voices of the men, so freely expressed here, I heard myself. The recesses of my long, hidden in the dark thinking, thoughts that I have been almost afraid of thinking out loud in my mind, let alone speak out loud, have just had the light turn onto them, and I am grateful. – “Mark Harris, author of Men Love and Birth”