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For the past five years, Richard Herring has been answering sexist trolls on International Women's Day when they ask 'when is International Men's Day?' in the mistaken belief there isn't one. There is, it's on November 19th. Three years ago, Richard started raising money for his enormous Twitter efforts each IWD, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Refuge and Calm. For the past five years, Richard Herring has been answering sexist trolls on International Women's Day when they ask 'when is International Men's Day?' in the mistaken belief there isn't one. There is, it's on November 19th. Three years ago, Richard started raising money for his enormous Twitter efforts each IWD, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Refuge and Calm. In The Problem with Men Richard expands on those discussions and tackles some of the big questions surrounding the problems of toxic masculinity - for women, but also for men - including: - Should men fear feminism? - Is society sexist against men? - Could you win a point against Serena Williams? *spoiler* The answer to all of these is no. With Richard's signature humour and insight, The Problem with Men is a book for anyone striving for an equal society, all year round.


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For the past five years, Richard Herring has been answering sexist trolls on International Women's Day when they ask 'when is International Men's Day?' in the mistaken belief there isn't one. There is, it's on November 19th. Three years ago, Richard started raising money for his enormous Twitter efforts each IWD, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Refuge and Calm. For the past five years, Richard Herring has been answering sexist trolls on International Women's Day when they ask 'when is International Men's Day?' in the mistaken belief there isn't one. There is, it's on November 19th. Three years ago, Richard started raising money for his enormous Twitter efforts each IWD, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Refuge and Calm. In The Problem with Men Richard expands on those discussions and tackles some of the big questions surrounding the problems of toxic masculinity - for women, but also for men - including: - Should men fear feminism? - Is society sexist against men? - Could you win a point against Serena Williams? *spoiler* The answer to all of these is no. With Richard's signature humour and insight, The Problem with Men is a book for anyone striving for an equal society, all year round.

30 review for The Problem with Men: When is International Men’s Day? (And Why it Matters)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Legge

    Shame he dies in the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    3.5 stars, rounded up because of the interview with Deborah Frances-White from The Guilty Feminist podcast, which is sadly only available on the audiobook version. Deborah's section addressed a lot of the comments I had on other sections of the book and it would be great if a transcript of the interview could be added to the physical version too. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the rest of the book - I found it really funny, although of course humour is subjective and not everyone will enjoy Herri 3.5 stars, rounded up because of the interview with Deborah Frances-White from The Guilty Feminist podcast, which is sadly only available on the audiobook version. Deborah's section addressed a lot of the comments I had on other sections of the book and it would be great if a transcript of the interview could be added to the physical version too. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the rest of the book - I found it really funny, although of course humour is subjective and not everyone will enjoy Herring's style - it's just that he was hampered by the short chapter format imposed by wanting to have 19 chapters in a book with a low word count (Nov 19th is International Men's Day - if you didn't know that already you definitely will be the time you finish the book!) It meant that there were quite a few topics I wish he'd covered in a bit more detail, but I guess there are other books already dealing with them and maybe this one is only meant to be a broad introduction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Another day, another book by a comedian is read. This is a funny tour through Richard Herring's experience dealing with men tweeting 'When is International Men's Day'* on International Women's Day. He uses that seed to take a wander through the motivations of the people that tweet that question, the problems of masculinity and why we should take International Men's Day [on November 19th] seriously. This isn't just a comedic rant. He backs up a lot of his thinking with that thing that causes terr Another day, another book by a comedian is read. This is a funny tour through Richard Herring's experience dealing with men tweeting 'When is International Men's Day'* on International Women's Day. He uses that seed to take a wander through the motivations of the people that tweet that question, the problems of masculinity and why we should take International Men's Day [on November 19th] seriously. This isn't just a comedic rant. He backs up a lot of his thinking with that thing that causes terror in the modern world - FACTS! And he makes important points, about how equality is a benefit to men as well as women and how, perhaps, if we have an International Men's Day** we should take it seriously and use it to help deal with issues that men do face. It's short, sharp, and well-argued. Give it a read. *It's on November 19th ** We do. It's on November 19th.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Timothy James

    Quick and easy to read, some great points, some silliness also.

  5. 4 out of 5

    TomBurgess

    Being generous, since there's nothing profound to it and I sort of wish I spent a few hours reading something more informative. Not much beyond what I expected either, and his interview with John Robins covers a lot of it. Still some witty and insightful moments that doesn't make out it's anything more than a documentation of Richard's frustration (of spending every International Women's Day replying to men asking when their day is (November 19th)); probably a great passive-aggressive present to Being generous, since there's nothing profound to it and I sort of wish I spent a few hours reading something more informative. Not much beyond what I expected either, and his interview with John Robins covers a lot of it. Still some witty and insightful moments that doesn't make out it's anything more than a documentation of Richard's frustration (of spending every International Women's Day replying to men asking when their day is (November 19th)); probably a great passive-aggressive present to people who ask similar provocative/contrarian questions. Really glad this exists too, although it's a pretty small group of people it will properly inform, i.e. those open enough to reading about feminism that haven't ventured into anything before beyond social media, but only if a once-controversial male comedian is speaking his mind about it. Nevertheless, it's short and sweet, and there's some surprising stats you won't have come across.

  6. 5 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: He is Nostradamus! An interesting take on the old “well how’s that equality if it doesn’t represent me?” argument. After many years experience of tackling sneering comments on social media, this covers a wide balance of related elements, with his usual comedy approach. I will never listen to a book that mentions November 19th more. I shall also now be celebrating CAPS LOCK DAY

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Unitt

    A wonderful book. I have been following Richard Herrings Twitter Feed on International Womens Day for a few years now and always thought it was a noble cause, with good humour sprinkled in. The book is simply more of that, in just over 150 pages, Herring puts together a simple to understand and funny article on feminism, men, bruised masculinity and so much more. It's laugh out loud funny and genuinely informative. I loved it. It's November 19th. A wonderful book. I have been following Richard Herrings Twitter Feed on International Womens Day for a few years now and always thought it was a noble cause, with good humour sprinkled in. The book is simply more of that, in just over 150 pages, Herring puts together a simple to understand and funny article on feminism, men, bruised masculinity and so much more. It's laugh out loud funny and genuinely informative. I loved it. It's November 19th.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deb Lancaster

    Grand. Very Herring, but with lots of actually important stuff in too. My only complaint is it's dead short, but that's a good problem to have because it means I would have liked to have read more. So you know. Grand. Very Herring, but with lots of actually important stuff in too. My only complaint is it's dead short, but that's a good problem to have because it means I would have liked to have read more. So you know.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Don Jimmy Reviews

    A short book, so I’ll keep this short. The book is part reminder of when International Men’s Day is – part look at why men have nothing to fear from the feminist movement. It all started with people asking an easily “google-able” question (if that isn’t a word I don’t care) “When is International Men’s Day?” while people were celebrating International Women’s Day. Filled with good info, and some great humour I thought this was a great read. At times it got a bit repetitive, but that IS the main j A short book, so I’ll keep this short. The book is part reminder of when International Men’s Day is – part look at why men have nothing to fear from the feminist movement. It all started with people asking an easily “google-able” question (if that isn’t a word I don’t care) “When is International Men’s Day?” while people were celebrating International Women’s Day. Filled with good info, and some great humour I thought this was a great read. At times it got a bit repetitive, but that IS the main joke in this book – to tell people when the date is. It’s November 19th by the way – which, is the day I actually read it. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Theaker

    A funny little book about how he tried for a decade to reply to the hundreds of men who ask the same daft question every International Women's Day: when is it International Men's Day? I might have to buy the audiobook too, just to hear those pathetic, whiny tweets read out loud. It's not perfect: the title's a bit grand for a book with such a narrow focus; the ebook footnotes are confusing; it uses the word gender in some places where sex would make more sense; and it's slightly misleading to say A funny little book about how he tried for a decade to reply to the hundreds of men who ask the same daft question every International Women's Day: when is it International Men's Day? I might have to buy the audiobook too, just to hear those pathetic, whiny tweets read out loud. It's not perfect: the title's a bit grand for a book with such a narrow focus; the ebook footnotes are confusing; it uses the word gender in some places where sex would make more sense; and it's slightly misleading to say no one gets mad about International Men's Day. Also, I don't think Bill Burr was at all wrong to be suspicious of the inauthenticity of many self-described male feminists. They frequently turn out to be actively sexist and anti-feminist, enthusiastic proponents (and consumers) of prostitution, pornography and paid surrogacy. But it's good. Its biggest strengths are (a) being funny and (b) setting out a vision for what International Men's Day could be about: praising positive male role models, checking in with friends, helping those who need it. A day where we put our energy into being the best men we can be.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Anne

    Good enough read. While I do appreciate the sentiment of defending International Women's Day and showing us that so many men are bothered that they don't have their own celebratory day, I do find this book a bit lacking. The retort of explaining that there is an actual international men's day has been repetitive. But this book really showed the problem with men whose egos are so big they can't even give a day to recognise women. It is so frustrating and I wish this book tackles more about the act Good enough read. While I do appreciate the sentiment of defending International Women's Day and showing us that so many men are bothered that they don't have their own celebratory day, I do find this book a bit lacking. The retort of explaining that there is an actual international men's day has been repetitive. But this book really showed the problem with men whose egos are so big they can't even give a day to recognise women. It is so frustrating and I wish this book tackles more about the actual problem with men and what ways can men make a difference in contributing to equality. I am expecting more from a man's perspective since it is written by a man and most feminist books are obviously written by women.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Richard Herring's The Problem with Men: When is International Men’s Day?* (And Why it Matters) is a puerile, repetitive and hilarious bit of nonsense that inexplicably transcends its ranty absurdity to reveal a concise, poignant and powerful meditative essay on toxic masculinity. A perfect read for International Men’s Day**. *It's on November 19th ** November 19th Richard Herring's The Problem with Men: When is International Men’s Day?* (And Why it Matters) is a puerile, repetitive and hilarious bit of nonsense that inexplicably transcends its ranty absurdity to reveal a concise, poignant and powerful meditative essay on toxic masculinity. A perfect read for International Men’s Day**. *It's on November 19th ** November 19th

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jack Bates

    A silly book about a serious subject For nine years Richard Keith performed an apparently endless task, telling the people (mostly men) asking ' but when is International Men's Day?' on International Women's Day when International Men's Day is. (November 19th.) In the process he's raised a lot of money for Refuge and sent himself to the edge of reason. Here's a book about why he did it, what he's learned, and why International Men's Day could be a useful thing. Just don't expect women, internatio A silly book about a serious subject For nine years Richard Keith performed an apparently endless task, telling the people (mostly men) asking ' but when is International Men's Day?' on International Women's Day when International Men's Day is. (November 19th.) In the process he's raised a lot of money for Refuge and sent himself to the edge of reason. Here's a book about why he did it, what he's learned, and why International Men's Day could be a useful thing. Just don't expect women, international or otherwise, to organise it for you, fellas.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    There's certainly nothing here to disappoint fans of Richard Herring but this short book just seems a bit... lacking. It feels like (and probably has been) a collection of Herring's 'Warming Up' blog posts, and perhaps could have been developed into a stand-up routine, but in this format (19 NOVel questions and answers) none of Herring's rants and arguments really go anywhere, other than to labour the point about when it is International Men's Day¹. ¹ It's November 19th. There's certainly nothing here to disappoint fans of Richard Herring but this short book just seems a bit... lacking. It feels like (and probably has been) a collection of Herring's 'Warming Up' blog posts, and perhaps could have been developed into a stand-up routine, but in this format (19 NOVel questions and answers) none of Herring's rants and arguments really go anywhere, other than to labour the point about when it is International Men's Day¹. ¹ It's November 19th.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BurritoChris

    A big lot of fun. I love that Richard has not only used his position of privilege and moderate fame to spread several positive messages when he could have just made something dumb and pointless. He also cites all his sources and shows that he has actually thought about and put real research into his points. His constant anger at people who ask 'when is International Men's Day' never stops being funny, and his writing style is really easy to read. I hence recommend it to you. A big lot of fun. I love that Richard has not only used his position of privilege and moderate fame to spread several positive messages when he could have just made something dumb and pointless. He also cites all his sources and shows that he has actually thought about and put real research into his points. His constant anger at people who ask 'when is International Men's Day' never stops being funny, and his writing style is really easy to read. I hence recommend it to you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andy Parkes

    A short but entertaining read about Richard's exploits around International Men's Day and his thoughts about why he does it I've been a fan since his Fist of Fun days so this was right up my street. He does a great job making his specific type of humour work in the written form, I'd imagine this is even better as an audiobook though. Will check that out next A short but entertaining read about Richard's exploits around International Men's Day and his thoughts about why he does it I've been a fan since his Fist of Fun days so this was right up my street. He does a great job making his specific type of humour work in the written form, I'd imagine this is even better as an audiobook though. Will check that out next

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    An essay that clearly articulates why some people (mainly men) get all het up when the privilege they have experienced are challenged in the name of equality, through the simple Twitter question 'When is International Men's Day*,' in response to it being International Women's Day. *It's Nov 19th. An essay that clearly articulates why some people (mainly men) get all het up when the privilege they have experienced are challenged in the name of equality, through the simple Twitter question 'When is International Men's Day*,' in response to it being International Women's Day. *It's Nov 19th.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    November the 19th Very funny and equally very important book on the utter stupidity of some men and the occasional woman to spoil International Women's Day by asking why isn't there an International Men's Day. This is one man's nine year quest to end this ignorance. BTW there is, it's November 19th. November the 19th Very funny and equally very important book on the utter stupidity of some men and the occasional woman to spoil International Women's Day by asking why isn't there an International Men's Day. This is one man's nine year quest to end this ignorance. BTW there is, it's November 19th.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Really fantastic book with both laugh out loud moments and really salient points. Short enough to get through quickly but packed with enough facts, information and jokes that I'll be revisiting it in the future. Really fantastic book with both laugh out loud moments and really salient points. Short enough to get through quickly but packed with enough facts, information and jokes that I'll be revisiting it in the future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    Richard herring addresses the many who feel the need to troll in this book. They ask "when is international men's day?" (It's November 19th) on international women's day. Why do they do this? Well mainly because they are trolls and that's what that strange subsection of humanity does. They look for positives in order to turn them into negatives. So they try to undermine the message of international women's day by asking the question "when is international men's day?" (November 19th) Richard pres Richard herring addresses the many who feel the need to troll in this book. They ask "when is international men's day?" (It's November 19th) on international women's day. Why do they do this? Well mainly because they are trolls and that's what that strange subsection of humanity does. They look for positives in order to turn them into negatives. So they try to undermine the message of international women's day by asking the question "when is international men's day?" (November 19th) Richard presents his arguments and reasons with his customary humour. And it's well researched (it takes two seconds on Google- international men's day, November 19th.) This is an interesting book, funny, thought provoking, troll provoking, informative (November 19th) and it's a book that all these trolls should read. If only there was a day free for them all to read it! What's today's date? November 19th. Perfect! Can't think of anything else happening today...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This was a fun little book about feminism and internet trolls. It was a quick read and made me smile. However, it is a bit insubstantial. It felt like someone ranting to their friend after seeing some idiots on Twitter. Alright, but not groundbreaking or absolutely hilarious.

  22. 4 out of 5

    mrs margaret wenham

    Finally the answer to the question that didn't need to be a answered. God bless Richard Herring for answering the questions that no one really cares about the answer to and didn't know they cared about Finally the answer to the question that didn't need to be a answered. God bless Richard Herring for answering the questions that no one really cares about the answer to and didn't know they cared about

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon Phillips

    Great short read Richard Herring can be an acquired taste but what he has done for International women's and men's days is remarkable. Great short read Richard Herring can be an acquired taste but what he has done for International women's and men's days is remarkable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iain Murphy

    Very good I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everyone. It is funny and entertaining. November 19, I've heard. Very good I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everyone. It is funny and entertaining. November 19, I've heard.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wade

    It's November 19th It's November 19th

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Turner

    Generally ok, slightly thought provoking if not revolutionary. Mercifully short.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pimpin' Lando

    It’s November 19th I 100% agree with everything Richard Herring says and does and with this review I am finally making it official. Read the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Quinn

    Excellent gift for any man who’s ever asked that question Brilliant analysis of why men ask it and why they shouldn’t. Manages to be funny at the same time: bonus! ;)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmy Gregory

    Good insofar as it went. I respect Herring for dealing with the trolls every year, but I think perhaps there wasn't really enough for a book here. Good insofar as it went. I respect Herring for dealing with the trolls every year, but I think perhaps there wasn't really enough for a book here.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martin Peck

    It’s November 19th A funny but important book that talks about the reasons why people insist on asking this question. I very much enjoyed this.

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