I’M AFRAID OF MEN by Vivek Shraya
Penguin Books Canada
A worthwhile, sobering account of Shraya’s own experiences with toxic masculinity and societal expectations of gender roles; hardly unfamiliar topics if you read a lot of this kind of nonfiction, but Shraya’s perspective as a queer trans woman of color is a valuable addition to the discourse, and I’d highly recommend this over a lot of similar books, especially if you’re looking for something short and punchy.
My only issue is that at 96 pages (or under 2 hours on audio, which is how I consumed it) this text sort of awkwardly sits in between long-form article and book in a way that suffers occasionally for its brevity. Shraya’s societal observations are where this book shines, consistently; it’s in the details of her own life that the reader is left a bit wanting. But as this is more essay than memoir it’s hard to fault it too much for that. This was a very eye-opening read that I can see myself revisiting again and again.
You can pick up a copy of I’m Afraid of Men here on Book Depository.