The Will to Change - bell hooks

The Will to Change

By bell hooks

  • Release Date: 2004-01-06
  • Genre: Anthropology
Score: 4.5
From 139 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of All About Love, a brave and astonishing work that challenges patriarchal culture and encourages men to reclaim the best part of themselves.

Everyone needs to love and be loved—even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.

In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are—whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. But toxic masculinity punishes those fundamental emotions, and it’s so deeply ingrained in our society that it’s hard for men to not comply—but hooks wants to help change that.

With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways. She believes men can find the way to spiritual unity by getting back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves—and lay claim to the rich and rewarding inner lives that have historically been the exclusive province of women.


  • Must read for any man‼️

    By Kyle Griffith
    As a young man, this book offered so much perspective into so many things. Whether it be the impact the males/females in my life had on my masculinity or the influence society had on my masculinity, this book provided me the hows and whys it happened. More importantly, it provided me the fixes. Honestly feel l’m a better man, a better lover, and overall a better person after experience this book
  • bell hooks is "deep"

    By Angry gay man.
    Her works is one of the best that I have ever read. I love watching her public dialogues with other scholars/writers. Her work is so great, that I want to keep her writings and knowledge as a secret. Loll. ( I do spread the awareness of bell hooks and encourage people to watch and listen on YouTube and read-about) I love her saying of: "white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchy" and I like to use that slogan every time I am having a conversation about class, race, gender and sexuality. I think her work should be required reading for every student in college and school.
  • Great read!

    By jennifferS
    This is an amazing book to read for anyone that wants to better understand the men in their lives, as well as themselves, if they are too a man. Based on feminism coming from a patriarchy stand point to better help solve the problem rathe than dismiss men into being categorized as heartless beings, when in fact, they, too, need love.