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A GRIPPING, FEARLESS EXPLORATION OF MASCULINITY  The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, so A GRIPPING, FEARLESS EXPLORATION OF MASCULINITY  The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, sometimes uncomfortable topics including strength and vulnerability, relationships and marriage, body image, sex and sexuality, racial justice, gender equality, and fatherhood.  Writing from experience, Justin invites us to move beyond the scripts we’ve learned since childhood and the roles we are expected to play. He challenges men to be brave enough to be vulnerable, to be strong enough to be sensitive, to be confident enough to listen. Encouraging men to dig deep within themselves, Justin helps us reimagine what it means to be man enough and in the process what it means to be human.


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A GRIPPING, FEARLESS EXPLORATION OF MASCULINITY  The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, so A GRIPPING, FEARLESS EXPLORATION OF MASCULINITY  The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, sometimes uncomfortable topics including strength and vulnerability, relationships and marriage, body image, sex and sexuality, racial justice, gender equality, and fatherhood.  Writing from experience, Justin invites us to move beyond the scripts we’ve learned since childhood and the roles we are expected to play. He challenges men to be brave enough to be vulnerable, to be strong enough to be sensitive, to be confident enough to listen. Encouraging men to dig deep within themselves, Justin helps us reimagine what it means to be man enough and in the process what it means to be human.

30 review for Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Man Enough: Undefining my Maculinity by Justin Baldoni is an honest and real look into masculinity for men and society. Man Enough is geared towards men but I recommend to anyone. Justin opened my eyes to thins I’ve never thought about. Feminism is talked about all the time, but I never hear about masculinity. Many difficult topics are discussed. Justin provides real life examples from his life and his friends’ lives. Man Enough is real, raw and honest. Many difficult topics are discussed. Justi Man Enough: Undefining my Maculinity by Justin Baldoni is an honest and real look into masculinity for men and society. Man Enough is geared towards men but I recommend to anyone. Justin opened my eyes to thins I’ve never thought about. Feminism is talked about all the time, but I never hear about masculinity. Many difficult topics are discussed. Justin provides real life examples from his life and his friends’ lives. Man Enough is real, raw and honest. Many difficult topics are discussed. Justin talks about his flaws and what he struggles with. The ending message that he still has a lot to work to do really resonated with me and showed his humility. I enjoyed reading a book by a real person that is still struggling to be better. I recommend Man Enough to anyone that is interested in learning about masculinity and how it affects men. I listened to the audiobook and loved Justin’s narration. This book was even more personal hearing Justin’s voice. There is even a part where his kids sing a song. I always love when authors narrate their books especially when the book is personal like Man Enough. Thank you Harper Audio and Harper One for Man Enough. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 5 out of 5

    heba

    I was scrolling through TikTok (I know, so gen z of me) when I came across a video of Justin Balson's wife unwrapping a copy of this book while he's tearing up and hugging their son. At that moment, I literally froze. My eyes watered, and I felt so many feelings. I don't know why, honestly. Maybe because one of my favorite film-makers wrote a book! Or maybe because he was tearing up, and due to that vulnerability, I started to as well. Maybe because he was so caring and loving toward his son, wh I was scrolling through TikTok (I know, so gen z of me) when I came across a video of Justin Balson's wife unwrapping a copy of this book while he's tearing up and hugging their son. At that moment, I literally froze. My eyes watered, and I felt so many feelings. I don't know why, honestly. Maybe because one of my favorite film-makers wrote a book! Or maybe because he was tearing up, and due to that vulnerability, I started to as well. Maybe because he was so caring and loving toward his son, which made me more aware of the lack of fatherly presence in my life. I don't know, man. All I know is that I'm excited to read and learn from this book, although I most likely will be very, very biased.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks

    I'm going to be honest. I don't know Justin Baldoni from his acting career. I have never watched Jane the Virgin. I know Justin Baldoni through all the good he is trying to do in the world and I think that makes this book even better for me. This is a book that I needed in my life. As the mom of two boys, this book is important so that I can understand a little of what they are going through. I have also been talking to my husband about this story at length and he will be reading it as well. Bald I'm going to be honest. I don't know Justin Baldoni from his acting career. I have never watched Jane the Virgin. I know Justin Baldoni through all the good he is trying to do in the world and I think that makes this book even better for me. This is a book that I needed in my life. As the mom of two boys, this book is important so that I can understand a little of what they are going through. I have also been talking to my husband about this story at length and he will be reading it as well. Baldoni puts into words how it feels to grow up being a boy and how they are pushed to be man enough, or just enough. Growing up and going through teenage girl angst you really don't think about the boys going through the same thing. I never really I about a boy dealing with the same body issues, the same mental struggles, because it just isn't talked about. Boys are often told if they are crying or expressing feelings they are acting like a girl, but having human emotions is actually just normal. Why are boys taught that it isn't ok to cry? These boys are called dergatory names for being human and having emotions. Why are we teaching our boys that this is how it should be? This book explores all of the ways Baldoni didn't feel like he was "enough". Truthfully, we have all had these feelings of inadequacy, but it is refreshing to hear that someone like him, an actor, a celebrity, has felt these same feelings and how he is exploring them instead of letting them control him. There are so many things Baldoni says in this book that resonate with me, so many things I have heard people say to the men and boys that surround me and this opened my eyes to the fact that one comment could change the way a child feels about themselves forever. We need to be cognizant, we need to do better. I need to do better as I parent my young boys. This is a book I will come back to just to remind myself that my boys are strong enough, man enough, the way they are. We don't need to put boys down to build them up, to make them stronger, because inside it is just breaking their spirits. I cannot wait for my husband to read this book because I know that some of these things have been said to him growing up, he thinks showing emotion is weak. I know first hand what supressing emotion can do to a person and I want him to know that he is enough and letting me see everything is so strong. There is strength in vulnerability. Thank you so much for sharing your story Justin. Thank you to Justin Baldoni, Netgalley and HarperOne for an early copy of this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leanne Whistance-Smith

    Eye-opening, heartfelt & very well written. Before reading this book, I’ve never really given masculinity much thought. I always just assumed it was only the women who dealt with emotional issues, bad body image, lack of self-worth, etc. But BOY… was I wrong. Justin explores topics of strength, body image, sexuality, self-worth & intimacy through such a powerful lens - including sharing his own personal experiences, scientific research & experts opinions. This was an important read for me to und Eye-opening, heartfelt & very well written. Before reading this book, I’ve never really given masculinity much thought. I always just assumed it was only the women who dealt with emotional issues, bad body image, lack of self-worth, etc. But BOY… was I wrong. Justin explores topics of strength, body image, sexuality, self-worth & intimacy through such a powerful lens - including sharing his own personal experiences, scientific research & experts opinions. This was an important read for me to understand what men have and still go through today. It’s ingrained in our society to offer messages to boys to be “man enough”, “strong” and “successful”, however, we are ignoring their emotional, sensitive and more “feminine” side and this is ultimately setting them up for so many battles ahead. I’ve taken away so many valuable lessons from this book, and so many points Justin made really resonated with me. He’s definitely inspired me to turn inward and work on myself, and I know that we as a society need to do better. There is strength in vulnerability, and we are all enough, just as we are!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    As the eldest of three daughters, I never really gave masculinity much thought until I had my son (yes, even despite being a Clinical Psychologist). It breaks my heart that my curious, thoughtful, and sweet son will face so many of the same challenges Baldoni examines in Man Enough. He bravely explores the topics of body image, sexuality, strength, and vulnerability through the lens of powerful, yet private, moments in his life. Baldoni’s balance of personal experiences with research and expert o As the eldest of three daughters, I never really gave masculinity much thought until I had my son (yes, even despite being a Clinical Psychologist). It breaks my heart that my curious, thoughtful, and sweet son will face so many of the same challenges Baldoni examines in Man Enough. He bravely explores the topics of body image, sexuality, strength, and vulnerability through the lens of powerful, yet private, moments in his life. Baldoni’s balance of personal experiences with research and expert opinions read like a vulnerable, yet challenging therapy session. He offers no solutions, but sheds light on the undercurrent of masculinity in our culture and challenges us to explore our own contributions to the rising tide. Also infused with humor and profanity, Man Enough will be an accessible resource for my clients struggling to find their place in a world that tells them who to be. I’m looking forward to stocking my office shelves with copies when it’s released in April.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nikole English

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni is a book that benefits all, not just men. If you have males that you love and care about in your life, they need to read this book. Whether they are in high school, college, newlywed, or beyond; please get a copy of this book in their hands and encourage them to read and absorb these words. As a mother to two sons I have often found myself at a loss for words or understanding when it comes to their ever evolving physical and emotional n ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni is a book that benefits all, not just men. If you have males that you love and care about in your life, they need to read this book. Whether they are in high school, college, newlywed, or beyond; please get a copy of this book in their hands and encourage them to read and absorb these words. As a mother to two sons I have often found myself at a loss for words or understanding when it comes to their ever evolving physical and emotional needs, wants, and turmoils; but in Justin's book he shines light on the fact that really, men aren't so different from women. Not when you truly look beyond all the layers of how society has told them them to think, feel, and act. This book isn't about tearing down masculinity. It's about giving boys and young men the "okay" and support to truly be who they are inherently at their core; human. To lift them up and give them courage to say screw the narrative forced upon generations before them and truly believe that they are enough just as they are. That we are all enough. I listened to this book via audio and felt Justin did a fantastic job. You can feel how much these words mean to him and the personal stories allow for a relatable read. My 14 year old son is currently reading my physical copy of the book and I plan on buying a copy for him to have so that he may visit these words in the future as he continues to mature into the man he will one day become. He is taking it in slowly, giving himself time to digest all the wonderful morsels and says that thus far he is really enjoying it. I will be getting a third copy for my other son as well, but at just 9 years of age he still has a little while before I suggest that he reads it. In the meantime, I will take what I have read and make an effort to be more mindful of the narrative that I put forth to him of what it means to be man enough.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Delphine and Eyre

    “𝑆𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦. 𝑆𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡. 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑛ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑒𝑥ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑙. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑤 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑜𝑤 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑. 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡, 𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑡ℎ 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑏𝑢𝑚𝑝𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑟𝑖𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑠 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑔 “𝑆𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦. 𝑆𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡. 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑛ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑒𝑥ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑙. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑤 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑜𝑤 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑. 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡, 𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑡ℎ 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑏𝑢𝑚𝑝𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑟𝑖𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑠 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠“ So I have been a huge fan of Justin Baldoni since Jane The Virgin so of course I was going to read his first debut book Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity. This book is firstly targeted towards men but as a woman and a wife, I found insightful wisdom and tidbits that spoke to me personally throughout the audiobook. If you have a man, father, husband, brother or friend in your life I encourage you to get them the audiobook version of Justin's book or the physical copy but there is something really intimate hearing Justin read the words he wrote that was an equal delight but also allowed us to hear just how raw and vulnerable the things he so bravely shares with us really affected him. There were many moments I dotted down some things Justin mentioned that personally adhered to my emotions or just brought such wisdom and grace to the table. Chapter Seven where Justin talks about sex, intimacy, insecurities and the paradox of porn was unbelievably bold, brave and eye opening for me, the words he says in that chapter at one moment did make me cry, just him saying that we as woman are not broken or less than was alot for me to hear. He is such an empathic human being and the way he respects and loves his wife was just really beautiful to witness throughout the audiobook as he shares fond memories of them and milestones in their relationship. This book is not really a self help book but it kind of is, bear with me. It's sort of like a guide to your own personal self discovery journey of finding your value, your worth and your human heart, not only as a man though because I got so much out of this book that was just eye opening for me. It’s kind of all about taking off your armor and becoming a better man/human, with more emotions, making yourself more self aware, practicing self care, taking care of yourself mentally and physically, respecting yourself and others around you, overall just striving to be a better son, husband or partner and also healing emotional wounds caused by past trauma. Justin also does not force his Baha'i Faith on us as listeners/readers, at the beginning he says for us to replace any parts he mentions his faith with our own and I really admired that he took the time to insert that in, in saying that he does mention his faith a few times but that really did not bother me so much since our faiths have similarities. I really hope you give this book a chance, because it really is something special.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roman Nowak

    "Show me your heart. Show me your heart. I'll show you, you are my heart. When the world seems dark, you are the light. When times get hard, just smile inside. Because you. You are my heart." -Justin Baldoni Man Enough is that necessary read. It is a blanket of words that envelops your heart and soul and helps you navigate everything you have been taught in life. For all those people who never knew if they fit in or if they felt different because they did not fit the mold or the expectations: this is tha "Show me your heart. Show me your heart. I'll show you, you are my heart. When the world seems dark, you are the light. When times get hard, just smile inside. Because you. You are my heart." -Justin Baldoni Man Enough is that necessary read. It is a blanket of words that envelops your heart and soul and helps you navigate everything you have been taught in life. For all those people who never knew if they fit in or if they felt different because they did not fit the mold or the expectations: this is that collection of words, reflections, and growth that you need. As a man who does not do well in fitting in traditional expectations of masculinity, this book helps us be seen. A courageous and vulnerable book that helps all men and people navigate their inner thoughts and questions on worth. I love the authenticity, the personal journey, and the raw emotional power of sharing a journey through life. While reading this, I felt Justin sitting beside me, like that friend who listened, who offered encouragement, and who refrained from judgment. Just like a best friend, he helps make us feel whole and enough. One day, I need to grab a coffee and just talk with him. A definite must-read! A definite gift for others.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raul

    This spoke to me on so many different levels. Such an important book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Zavoli

    What a delightful book! I absolutely loved it. I knew next to nothing about Justin Baldoni before reading this. Only that he's an actor and he's going to direct a movie based on my favorite book. I was curious about it because there aren't many men out there (at least that I know of) that are constantly talking about the toxicity of masculinity, let alone writing a book about it. As a feminist, I was aware of how this misogynistic culture we live in affects men, I just didn't realize how much. T What a delightful book! I absolutely loved it. I knew next to nothing about Justin Baldoni before reading this. Only that he's an actor and he's going to direct a movie based on my favorite book. I was curious about it because there aren't many men out there (at least that I know of) that are constantly talking about the toxicity of masculinity, let alone writing a book about it. As a feminist, I was aware of how this misogynistic culture we live in affects men, I just didn't realize how much. This was definitely one of the most eye-opening books I've ever read. This book has so much depth, Justin talks not only about how dangerous is the concept of being "man enough", but also talks about feminism, women, religion, love, family, and race. All from his personal experiences. It's heartbreaking to learn the way traditional concepts of masculinity can hurt men in basically all aspects of their lives, but it's also hopeful that this is something that it's being talked about and we, as a society, are learning. Justin is such a sweet, vulnerable, and emotional man. This book felt like a friend was talking to you. I listened to the audiobook and he's great at making you feel every emotion he's talking about. I loved how he got emotional discussing hard topics. He's an amazing narator. In all honesty, at some parts of the book, I had a hard time believing men like him exist. I'm so glad I got the chance to learn a little about his life and personality before watching him as an actor. This is a book written about and for men, but I believe everyone should read it. I can't stress enough how much I recommend it. It was truly amazing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Santos

    We should come up for a new term for masculinity and femininity. Instead of regarding it as the gender norms society has subconsciously (and consciously) established, let’s regard it as us just being fully humans. Regardless of our sex or gender identity, we are all humans with feelings, thoughts and occurrences that need thinking, analyzing and above all, feeling. In this continuous fight for female equality, its important to remind ourselves that men also have been subjected to the cultural ex We should come up for a new term for masculinity and femininity. Instead of regarding it as the gender norms society has subconsciously (and consciously) established, let’s regard it as us just being fully humans. Regardless of our sex or gender identity, we are all humans with feelings, thoughts and occurrences that need thinking, analyzing and above all, feeling. In this continuous fight for female equality, its important to remind ourselves that men also have been subjected to the cultural expectations of their gender. And made to believe that if they don’t “fit” the description, then they’re not “man enough”. It’s a refreshing take on equality and equity, which we’ve come to refer to as feminism, but should just be referred to as human-ism. And this is what Baldoni shows us from his insight of his and others’ experiences. It is refreshing (and incredibly important) perspective on equality! A must read for everyone!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian Townsend

    This is arguably one of the most eye opening books I've ever read. There were too many parts where I felt like the author was speaking to me and my life directly. It wasn't preachy and the author did a fantastic job admitting over and over that he himself didn't always follow his own words. He also manages to talk about masculinity and it's intersection with race in an open and honest way. I can not stress enough how much I recommend this book to men, partners of men, parents of men, etc. It was This is arguably one of the most eye opening books I've ever read. There were too many parts where I felt like the author was speaking to me and my life directly. It wasn't preachy and the author did a fantastic job admitting over and over that he himself didn't always follow his own words. He also manages to talk about masculinity and it's intersection with race in an open and honest way. I can not stress enough how much I recommend this book to men, partners of men, parents of men, etc. It was amazing

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

    - therapy - prioritising my mental health - daily affirmations - prayer - moving my body - breath work - check ins with friends - reading books - reading/repeating quotes that resonate with me “Little by little, day by day” - Abdul Bahaa “The wound is where the light enters you” - Rumi “Our worth and our belonging are not negotiated for other people, we carry those inside of our hearts” Journey from head to heart Growing your heart = growing your worth

  14. 4 out of 5

    Regan Owen

    I appreciate what Baldoni is doing with his viral TED Talk and his series Man Enough, but this book was just about 2-3 steps behind where I feel like I am in this journey. Most of his experiences and discussions barely scratched the surface in my opinion. Perhaps this would be helpful for others who are just beginning to tear down traditional (toxic) masculinity, but this won’t get them very far.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lexxie

    I would have given this book a 3.5 if it were an option, but I don’t think it’s up to my standard for a four. This is a really helpful, important book with a lot of excellent insights and points about the emotional journey of masculinity and how Justin has been able to work through the challenges of it. As a person married to a man, it helped cultivate some more compassion and empathy for my husband and broadened my own awareness my biases against men. I do suggest other women read this book. Wit I would have given this book a 3.5 if it were an option, but I don’t think it’s up to my standard for a four. This is a really helpful, important book with a lot of excellent insights and points about the emotional journey of masculinity and how Justin has been able to work through the challenges of it. As a person married to a man, it helped cultivate some more compassion and empathy for my husband and broadened my own awareness my biases against men. I do suggest other women read this book. With that said, I really felt that this book needs a heavy-handed editor. I think it could be cut down by about 30% - the writing is super long winded. There are gems to be discovered but at many points I felt like an excavator searching for the point.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Polina

    Its a book worth reading for any human. I found most of the men issues described can be easily applied to women either. Its not eye opening to me but the honesty with which he writes is impressive.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassey

    WOW WOW WOW!!! What a book with so much depth! It is also written with heart and vulnerability, exposing questions that we didn't know we had and a better understanding of the way boys are brought up in society also giving ideas of how changes can be made. I was blown away by the audiobook and listened to it in less than a week and loved the audiobook exclusives! It was written with heart and spoken with heart and I honestly was not sure how I would like it based on the topic but can honestly sa WOW WOW WOW!!! What a book with so much depth! It is also written with heart and vulnerability, exposing questions that we didn't know we had and a better understanding of the way boys are brought up in society also giving ideas of how changes can be made. I was blown away by the audiobook and listened to it in less than a week and loved the audiobook exclusives! It was written with heart and spoken with heart and I honestly was not sure how I would like it based on the topic but can honestly say that this is for everyone. I decided to read it because of Jane the Virgin and am leaving with so much more appreciation for Justin Baldoni and feel like this book has transformed him into a stand alone person from his acting career. It is a lot to take in and I will be returning to parts of this book in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Brandes Rogers

    Don't let the title fool you. This book is for every human. Don't let the title fool you. This book is for every human.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    I thought this going to be a book about male empowerment to show men can be the best when they are vulnerable. It was to an extent but it seems like the author complains about some of his problems a little bit and tries to give advice as best as he can about his own experiences. The author felt vulnerable because some of his life choices and decisions. Overall, this just ok. It was nice to have an author that does manly things speak about men needing to be vulnerable and it is not a sign of weak I thought this going to be a book about male empowerment to show men can be the best when they are vulnerable. It was to an extent but it seems like the author complains about some of his problems a little bit and tries to give advice as best as he can about his own experiences. The author felt vulnerable because some of his life choices and decisions. Overall, this just ok. It was nice to have an author that does manly things speak about men needing to be vulnerable and it is not a sign of weakness. We all knew there are plenty of books about female empowerment, so that was a nice change. This was better than I thought it was going to be but I was not blown up by the insights or observations. Some may find this enlightening. As a woman, it was ok-ish. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, Justin Baldoni and Harper One for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Available: 4/27/21

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Okay, I'll admit ... I only picked this book up because it was written by Raphael Solano ... BUT I was pleasantly surprised by his insights and I think this is a valuable read for men and women. Okay, I'll admit ... I only picked this book up because it was written by Raphael Solano ... BUT I was pleasantly surprised by his insights and I think this is a valuable read for men and women.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    At first I was excited about this book because I am a big fan of all of Justin’s work and the good that he always tries to spread. Going into this book I assumed it would be like any other biography but I can say this was not the case. Baldoni holds nothing back and no topic is off limits. This book goes into depth about what it is like growing up being a boy and being pushed early on into being a man. Women always question why men don’t talk about their feelings, or they don’t say much or why d At first I was excited about this book because I am a big fan of all of Justin’s work and the good that he always tries to spread. Going into this book I assumed it would be like any other biography but I can say this was not the case. Baldoni holds nothing back and no topic is off limits. This book goes into depth about what it is like growing up being a boy and being pushed early on into being a man. Women always question why men don’t talk about their feelings, or they don’t say much or why do they act a certain way around the guys, etc. This book dived head first into subjects not many are willing to talk about out loud or acknowledge within themselves. Language is a powerful thing and feeling all the emotions shouldn’t be something anyone is ashamed of but embrace it. Baldoni shows that there is strength to be found when feeling vulnerable and has started the conversation. Reading it, you can tell Baldoni put everything he had into his writing. Even though the book is called “Man Enough” I believe everyone can learn something from this book and walk away with an entirely different perspective on everything they ever actually thought!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Murat Yılmaz

    I knew about Justin Baldoni first and foremost from Jane the Virgin which led to a Facebook follow where I found out about his "activism" via his numerous posts. Even before the book I could tell he is a gentle, kind, and spiritual man whose pro-feminist and socially "woke" attitude is not just a facade. His book was a delight from start to finish. It's very heartfelt, sincere and touches on controversial issues with such candidness that you really sympathize with Justin. It's a must-read for ev I knew about Justin Baldoni first and foremost from Jane the Virgin which led to a Facebook follow where I found out about his "activism" via his numerous posts. Even before the book I could tell he is a gentle, kind, and spiritual man whose pro-feminist and socially "woke" attitude is not just a facade. His book was a delight from start to finish. It's very heartfelt, sincere and touches on controversial issues with such candidness that you really sympathize with Justin. It's a must-read for every man out there and how I wish most men could more be like Justin Baldoni.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    It was very interesting to read about someone who is so different from me but also experiences these same feelings of not being good enough, although they manifest in completely different (gender specific) ways. It was also interesting to read about the effects of the gender binary-construct from the perspective of a man, and to learn how many negative consequences it can have even for someone that I would perceive as benefitting from that structure. A small minus I have to say were the casual m It was very interesting to read about someone who is so different from me but also experiences these same feelings of not being good enough, although they manifest in completely different (gender specific) ways. It was also interesting to read about the effects of the gender binary-construct from the perspective of a man, and to learn how many negative consequences it can have even for someone that I would perceive as benefitting from that structure. A small minus I have to say were the casual mentions of pseudoscientific ideas/practices as if they are facts. I am not talking about the spiritual/religious stuff, which was prefaced as his own experience and made sense for his own journey, and I never felt like he was trying to convert readers. But things like taking ice baths and making placenta smoothies. They were casually mentioned as things that happened in his life, and the story wasn’t about them, but it’s always disappointing when celebrities are (subconsciously/without intending to) promoting these sorts of things that have no basis in evidence. But other then that a very interesting read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna paz

    Well, as I heard that this book was in progress, I knew I would read it without any doubt. I follow the author on Instagram, and I love to see how he talks about his wife and the relationship between them (at least what they show). It was interesting to hear from a man's point of view about the struggles with their body because we as women change in our teenage years a lot, and all the magazines show the same body type that only a few of us can manage. Interestingly, at the same time, those maga Well, as I heard that this book was in progress, I knew I would read it without any doubt. I follow the author on Instagram, and I love to see how he talks about his wife and the relationship between them (at least what they show). It was interesting to hear from a man's point of view about the struggles with their body because we as women change in our teenage years a lot, and all the magazines show the same body type that only a few of us can manage. Interestingly, at the same time, those magazines make us hate our bodies. Boys do it to themselves and shame each other without even knowing what they are doing and how these things affect in the long run on people's lives. The book felt real and unapologetic and showed how important communication is with everyone in our lives, our parents, friends, and partners. He continuously learns about himself and improves his behavior and lets people in his life teach him – that is the thing I will take from this book. I don't know everything, and I need to be patient

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sterling Hardaway

    This was one of those perspective-changing books for me, which with a Leo Sun and Taurus Moon, can be hard to do! Baldoni, an actor and filmmaker known as Rafael on Jane The Virgin uses his personal stories with a pinch of research to talk about masculinity across themes of friendship , sexuality, career, and body image, faith and the ways in which we impact self-worth of boys and men. If you’re looking for a self-help book on “how to become a better man”, this is not it but it does give a thoug This was one of those perspective-changing books for me, which with a Leo Sun and Taurus Moon, can be hard to do! Baldoni, an actor and filmmaker known as Rafael on Jane The Virgin uses his personal stories with a pinch of research to talk about masculinity across themes of friendship , sexuality, career, and body image, faith and the ways in which we impact self-worth of boys and men. If you’re looking for a self-help book on “how to become a better man”, this is not it but it does give a thoughtful lens on topics we don’t often talk about as men, or in society in general. There are moments of this book that truly feel emotionally raw (which are very apparent in the audiobook as you can hear him crying at points) and it’s amazing how cogent it feels at the same time. Listening to this book on runs and walks and evening wind downs gave me a chance to reflect on my own struggles with what being “man enough” really means. I truly, truly, truly, recommend all the men in my life to read this book, because hopefully it will be a cathartic experience for you as it was for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen Okulanis

    This is a really compelling exploration of masculinity- how men are told to look, behave, and feel. I think many men could benefit greatly from reading this book. Other genders can too - as a cis woman I found this book not only enlightening but also super relatable. It made me realize that being a man can be very emotionally and mentally stifling and honestly I feel quite a bit more empathetic towards men who were raised within the confines of what society says is “masculine.” I related a lot t This is a really compelling exploration of masculinity- how men are told to look, behave, and feel. I think many men could benefit greatly from reading this book. Other genders can too - as a cis woman I found this book not only enlightening but also super relatable. It made me realize that being a man can be very emotionally and mentally stifling and honestly I feel quite a bit more empathetic towards men who were raised within the confines of what society says is “masculine.” I related a lot to the messages of self improvement, vulnerability, and self consciousness. Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder that we are all struggling with this stuff. As a feminist, I really appreciate that Justin pointed to the rejection of “femininity” is the root of several problems with the impossibility of being “man enough.” Overall this is really great if you are interested in gender identity, feminism, or societal standards.

  27. 4 out of 5

    TheBookstagramBabe

    Let me start off by saying I am probably not the target demographic of this book, but with that I still found it super informative and took a lot of key points away from this book. I Ioved Justin Baldoni on Jane the Virgin and followed him online because of it. There, I was introduced to his show Man Enough and his work of breaking the the macho man mentality. the book was really informative and honest. It was based in science and had a lot of good backing from prominent researchers. I can't ima Let me start off by saying I am probably not the target demographic of this book, but with that I still found it super informative and took a lot of key points away from this book. I Ioved Justin Baldoni on Jane the Virgin and followed him online because of it. There, I was introduced to his show Man Enough and his work of breaking the the macho man mentality. the book was really informative and honest. It was based in science and had a lot of good backing from prominent researchers. I can't imagine the feeling he had writing all of this out for the public but I am so glad he did. I would love to see more men open up about this and become more vulnerable to the people around him. And just because I am a girl didn't mean I didn't take anything from this. I too have many of these same issues and it gave me a new opinion. Thanks Netgalley for the Arc in return for an honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    While this book is geared towards themes of the male experience through the lens of Justin"s life, I still found it incredibly relatable as a female and, in general, a human being. It reminds us that while there are nuances between feminity and masculinity, they are many intersections of similar shared experiences as well as intertwined cause and effects between the two. Feminism is the equality and freedom for both women AND men, and it is an incredibly important that there are resoucea like th While this book is geared towards themes of the male experience through the lens of Justin"s life, I still found it incredibly relatable as a female and, in general, a human being. It reminds us that while there are nuances between feminity and masculinity, they are many intersections of similar shared experiences as well as intertwined cause and effects between the two. Feminism is the equality and freedom for both women AND men, and it is an incredibly important that there are resoucea like this that not only make space for men, but also helps women better recongnize and make space as well. Its so easy to get protective of our casue as females when we live in a world geared towards benefitting men - but its a healthy reminder that there is room at this table for all of us, especially when the systems in place are, in realty, harmful to us both.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Dunlap

    Baldoni is unapologetically vulnerable in his exploration of how societal messages shape the growth of individuals. While he focuses on men due to his own experience and life, this book is all too relatable for individuals of all gender identities (and he makes sure to include all identities in his references as well, which was a wonderful detail!). I want everyone to read this book and to begin to do the self-work Baldoni has: the work to determine what messages we have taken on that are harmfu Baldoni is unapologetically vulnerable in his exploration of how societal messages shape the growth of individuals. While he focuses on men due to his own experience and life, this book is all too relatable for individuals of all gender identities (and he makes sure to include all identities in his references as well, which was a wonderful detail!). I want everyone to read this book and to begin to do the self-work Baldoni has: the work to determine what messages we have taken on that are harmful to us, the work to find our way back to our core selves, and the work to find where our core selves and performative selves overlap. Along the way, we might just be able to come to the same conclusion- we are enough as we are, regardless of what societal messages try to tell us.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Garcia

    I originally opened this book to read because I have (multiple) sons and I wanted to become a better mother and see how I can help them grow and be comfortable within themselves and break down society's perception of what men should be. I did definitely learn things as a mother for my sons... but I didn't except that I'd learn things that would help me better understand the men in my life. So much of it I never thought about that makes sense. Unfortunately I did/said alot of the things that he s I originally opened this book to read because I have (multiple) sons and I wanted to become a better mother and see how I can help them grow and be comfortable within themselves and break down society's perception of what men should be. I did definitely learn things as a mother for my sons... but I didn't except that I'd learn things that would help me better understand the men in my life. So much of it I never thought about that makes sense. Unfortunately I did/said alot of the things that he spoke about that are not helpful and it has changed how I will now look and react towards the men in my life.. This book was wonderful. I think everyone should read it with an open mind.

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