Jared Yates Sexton
Jared Yates Sexton is a writer and journalist who currently serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of four books of fiction, The People Are Going to Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore, a journalistic account of the 2016 Presidential Election, and most recently The Man They Wanted Me To Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making from Counterpoint.
Two Takes on the Patriarchy
Based on his provocative and popular New York Times op-ed, The Man They Wanted Me to Be is both memoir and cultural analysis. Jared Yates Sexton alternates between an examination of his working class upbringing and historical, psychological, and sociological sources that examine the genesis of toxic masculinity and its consequences for society. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin’s Unladylike is a funny, fact-driven, and illustrated field guide to how to live a feminist life in today’s world, from the hosts of the hit Unladylike podcast. Join these three authors as they discuss gender baggage and the personal and societal dangers of outdated definitions of what it means to be a man or a woman.
Maureen Downey is a longtime reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she has written about local, state and federal education policy for 21 years. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children. Her own education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, a National Headliner award winner, and a two-time winner of the Cox Editorial Writer of the Year award. She now writes a weekly column for the AJC on education and the popular AJC Get Schooled blog on AJC.com. She and her husband, Bo Emerson, a fellow journalist, live in Decatur.
The Man They Want Me To Be
Based on his provocative and popular New York Times op-ed, The Man They Wanted Me to Be is both memoir and cultural analysis. Jared Yates Sexton alternates between an examination of his working class upbringing and historical, psychological, and sociological sources that examine the genesis of toxic masculinity and its consequences for society. As progressivism changes American society, and globalism shifts labor away from traditional manufacturing, the roles that have been prescribed to men since the Industrial Revolution have been rendered as obsolete. Donald Drumpf’s campaign successfully leveraged male resentment and entitlement, and now, with Drumpf as president and the rise of the #MeToo movement, it’s clear that our current definitions of masculinity are outdated and even dangerous. Deeply personal and thoroughly researched, The Man They Wanted Me to Be examines how we teach boys what’s expected of men in America, and the long-term effects of that socialization—which include depression, shorter lives, misogyny, and suicide. Sexton turns his keen eye to the establishment of the racist patriarchal structure which has favored white men, and investigates the personal and societal dangers of such outdated definitions of manhood.