Mac's New Book:
Positive Masculinity Now
“Mac McGregor’s Positive Masculinity Now is a deeply personal and very positive take on how he transitioned from a long-blonde-haired, female-born athlete into a loving and caring male. In that process, he rejected Toxic Masculinity. Instead, his solution was to get involved in the gender he always felt he was part of but be engaged in changing its social culture. McGregor’s Positive Masculinity Now is a powerful narrative that provides a lesson that we can all learn from.“
~ Nick Licata is a retired Seattle City Council member, having left office at the end of 2015 after being elected to five terms and serving 18 years. Licata is also a published author of two books, a children's novel and a non-fiction book titled, Becoming A Citizen Activist - Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World.
"Positive Masculinity Now has Mac's voice on every page. By understanding masculinity from the personal to the societal and cultural, the reader can see how larger forces have created and maintained a set of toxic expectations and experiences for men. Bottom line- this book is filled with a lot of wisdom and some truly helpful tools."
~ Dr. Pepper Schwartz is an American sexologist and sociologist teaching at the University of Washington at Seattle, United States. Dr. Schwartz is the author or co-author of twenty-five books, numerous articles, and is a television personality on the subject of sexuality.
"We all yearn to be liberated from the socio-political boxes we’ve been crammed into. Positive Masculinity Now by Mac McGregor clarifies how patriarchy and toxic masculinity limits and hurts us all - not least of which are our boys who are often molded into people so unlike their original, authentic, diverse, and loving, selves. Mac will help you see where you need liberation and then how you can begin to liberate the masses who are oppressed by this system of soul and community annihilation. This book is a must read!"
~ Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, LMFT, CSTS is the author of Shameless Parenting – How to Raise Shame-free, Confident Kids and Heal Your Shame Too! and Sex, God, & the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy. Dr. Tina is also the founder of The Northwest Institute on Intimacy.
"Positive Masculinity Now provides a fresh perspective that concerns the cultural forces that force men to internalize toxic and dysfunctional masculine ideals. In very concrete terms, McGregor teases apart the emotional and behavioral consequences of toxic masculinity while describing their role in fueling everything from misogyny and rape culture to heteronormativity, homophobia and transphobia throughout multiple channels in society. McGregor then lays out a path forward that encourages healing and growth and that forces the reader to reconsider the fundamental question of what it means to be a man."
~ Dr. Nicole K. McNichols, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, University of Washington
"Mac McGregor illustrates for us the lived impact on one forced to live within the confines of binary expectations that simply do not fit. His real-life stories of that impact and the courageous struggle to successfully break free and become the man God created him to be, serve as an example for those still trapped in similar prisons. This book will become a primer for those who desire to study the dangers of toxic masculinity and its impact at a deeper level. It has been my great privilege to witness this 'work in progress' over the past twenty years."
~ Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, M.Div, D.Min, BCC
“My friend, Mac McGregor, has crafted a book I am proud to endorse! As both a trans man and a gender educator, Mac brings a much-needed perspective for healing the masculine, at a time when we need it most. Mac not only illuminates the pain and the pitfalls of traditional and toxic masculinity, he provides specific exercises at the end of each chapter (including two super sweet exercises for releasing shame at the end of chapter two!), designed to move us closer to our authentic selves. Because make no mistake about it, the wounded masculine lives in every one of us, regardless of our sex or gender identity. Now is the time for each of us to examine our gender training and assumptions, so that together we can create a more loving and sustainable human culture.”
~ Veronica Monet, ACS
IFS Informed Coach and founder of The Shame Free Zone