Vivek Shraya

I'm Afraid of Men

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«Emotional and painful but also layered with humour, I'm Afraid of Men will widen your lens on gender and challenge you to do better. This challenge is a necessary one—one we must all take up. It is a gift to dive into Vivek's heart and mind.»
—Rupi Kaur, bestselling author of The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey
A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century

Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she's endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak.
Now, with raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative…
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Impressions

    Jennifer Gutiérrezshared an impression6 months ago
    💩Utter Crap

    Si bien, el autor casi fue atinado al cuestionar masculinidades y feminidades, al final solamente fue un libro para desahogar quejas que caen en incoherencias. Demasiado victimismo. Demasiado pataleo.

    mermaidshared an impression3 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile

Quotes

    mermaidhas quoted3 months ago
    Might you then free me at last of my fear, and of your own?
    mermaidhas quoted3 months ago
    Consider how often you have dismissed your own appearance, behaviours, emotions, and aspirations for being too feminine or masculine.
    mermaidhas quoted3 months ago
    It’s not enough to let go of the misplaced hope for a good or a better man. It’s not enough to honour femininity. Both of these options might offer a momentary respite from the dangers of masculinity, but in the end they only perpetuate a binary and the pressure that bears down when we live at different ends of the spectrum.
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