Dr Cliff Leek, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado and Vice-President of the American Men’s Studies Association has recently published a book, Boy oh Boy, illustrated by Bene Rohlmann.
Boy oh Boy explores 30 positive male role models from throughout history. From people of peace like Gandhi, to artists like David Hockney, musicians like Prince, poets like Kit Yan, and fashion icons like Edward Enninful – all are talented and diverse. These men have fought conventional stereotypes to prove that modern-day masculinity can be cool – and defined freely. Role models have been hand-picked to inspire a modern generation of boys.
“This volume puts a positive spin on adage “boys will be boys” by introducing 30 male public figures whose talents and accomplishments have earned them notoriety and admiration. The subjects—among them Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nelson Mandela, and Freddie Mercury—represent a broad spectrum of professions, eras, and backgrounds. Rohlmann creates portraits of each subject in a bold graphic style reminiscent of artful posters. Writing in a casual tone with candid detail, Leek includes a full page of biographical information for each individual (though the order in which the figures are presented feels haphazard). In an era when toxic masculinity is at the forefront of public discourse, this text provides a more expansive view of what people can aspire to be.”
– Publishers Weekly
“I wish I’d have had this book growing up. Yes, most of the people I grew up learning about were men and their accomplishments. But this book brings the spotlight squarely upon some individuals who’s stories need a lot more telling, and other people that you know, but might not truly know their story. What a blessing to see a wide variety of men – professions, religions, orientations, skin colors, etc. Each of them tell a story that says our sons (and daughters) should love each other and themselves unapologetically. My son will know he doesn’t have to choose between toxic masculinity and confusion – the entire spectrum of the human experience is open to him. This should be on every child’s bookshelf across the globe.”
-Amazon Books Reviewer
If you haven’t already, please be sure to grab a copy! To find out more, click here.