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You Are Not the Man You Are Supposed to Be by Martin Robinson

You Are Not the Man You Are Supposed to Be: Into the Chaos of Modern Masculinity

Martin Robinson

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781472971272

'A sharp but sensitive exploration of the pitfalls of masculinity' - Jeffrey Boakye 'A wake up call to men' - JJ Bola 'Wasn't it time to pull apart what makes us men - to find some answers for myself, and perhaps for others too?'

4 stars out of 5
17 Feb 2021

"The book shines brightest however when Robinson is looking in the mirror"

The book shines brightest however when Robinson is looking in the mirror, and his quest to understand himself better propels the narrative. His account of feeling painful physical inadequacy before other men is a case in point.  On the way to buy a fish and chip supper in Margate, a group of lads heckle him. He ignores them and walks on, but even after the incident, his mood becomes increasingly volcanic. “In my head I was playing reels of action: ‘You f***ing c***s, come on then, I’ll f***ing kill you’”.

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