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Berkeley Arts & Letters: Ed Frauenheim / Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection

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Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters are very pleased to host a virtual event with Ed Frauenheim for his new book Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection, co-authored with Edward M. Adams.

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About the book

In a recent FiveThirtyEight poll, 60 percent of men surveyed said society puts pressure on men to behave in a way that is unhealthy or bad. Men account for 80 percent of suicides in the United States, and three in ten American men have suffered from depression. Ed Adams and Ed Frauenheim say a big part of the problem is a model of masculinity that’s become outmoded and even dangerous, to both men and women.

The conventional notion of what it means to be a man–what Adams and Frauenheim call “Confined Masculinity”–traps men in an emotional straitjacket; steers them toward selfishness, misogyny, and violence; and severely limits their possibilities. As an antidote, they propose a new paradigm: Liberating Masculinity. It builds on traditional masculine roles like the protector and provider, expanding men’s options to include caring, collaboration, emotional expressivity, an inclusive spirit, and environmental stewardship.

Through hopeful stories of men who have freed themselves from the strictures of Confined Masculinity, interviews with both leaders and everyday men, and practical exercises, this book shows the power of a masculinity defined by what the authors call the five Cs: curiosity, courage, compassion, connection, and commitment. Men will discover a way of being that fosters healthy, harmonious relationships at home, at work, and in the world.


About the author

Ed Frauenheim is co-author of several books, including A Great Place to Work For All, Organized Innovation, and Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection.


This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.


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