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Vivek Shraya seizes power through vulnerability in her patriarchy-detonating manifesto I’m Afraid of Men

Self-empowerment has been on multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya’s mind as she prepares to launch her memoir-manifesto I’m Afraid of Men (Penguin Canada). The volume shares its title with a song on Part-Time Woman, Shraya’s Polaris Music Prize–longlisted EP with the Queer Songbook Orchestra. But “I’m afraid of men” also serves as a thesis statement for her confessional, confrontational critique of our male-centred culture.