A purple book cover with bold orange text reading ‘I’m Afraid of Men’, and the author’s name written across it in black script, ‘Vivek Shraya’.

I’m Afraid of Men, the best-selling book from Vivek Shraya, explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century.

Read an excerpt

“My history has taught me that I can’t fully rely upon other women for sisterhood…”

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Vivek’s playlist for the Penguin Shop takeover

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Discussion questions for book clubs & reading groups


  • Cover design by CS Richardson with Jennifer Griffiths