The Masculinity Workbook for Teens
Discover What Being a Guy Means to You
by Christopher S. Reigeluth; Michael Thompson
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Pub Date 01 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2022
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
Conforming to gender stereotypes is a choice, not a requirement—you decide. This timely workbook provides a road map to help you discover what kind of man you want to be.
As a teen, you may be under intense pressure to conform to society’s stereotypes of masculinity—often referred to as the “guy code.” Limiting and unhealthy gender stereotypes and social practices are pervasive, even across cultures, and research shows that strict adherence to the rules of the code—or extreme forms of “traditional” masculinity, such as suppressing your feelings, acting tough and in control, and objectifying girls and women—can lead to emotional issues, aggression, low self-esteem, more risk taking, misogyny and homophobia, and even negative health outcomes, like depression and anxiety. So, how do you navigate these mixed messages?
This is the workbook you need. You’ll find fun and engaging activities that will empower you to define what being a guy means to you—whatever that is. You’ll learn all about how our world views masculinity—the good, the bad, and the toxic. You’ll find tips and tools to help you face difficult thoughts and emotions, rather than trying to avoid them, and ask for help when you need it.
Most importantly, you’ll discover that there’s no “right” way to be a guy. There’s just what’s right for you.
“The Masculinity Workbook for Teens is the book adolescent boys and those of us who work with them have desperately wanted. Not because it has all the answers, but because it doesn’t. It doesn’t replace the ‘guy code’ with a set of more progressive rules. With respect and guidance, it empowers boys to explore and create their own guidelines for being a man. A magnificent achievement.”
—Stephen Tosh, CEO of the Boys’ Club of New York, career youth worker, father of a son, and survivor of his own adolescence
“The Masculinity Workbook for Teens is an excellent resource for parents, caregivers, mentors, coaches, and educators to share with the boys in their lives. This practical guide empowers boys to navigate the ‘guy code,’ a set of unspoken rules they are pressured to follow to prove they are ‘man enough.’ Reigeluth has created an incredibly useful workbook for boys to do the inner work to uncover their whole humanity and authentic selves.”
—Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, and founder of The Representation Project