Boys Will Be Boys
Power, Patriarchy and Toxic Masculinity
by Clementine Ford
Pub Date 09 Aug 2019
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Fearless feminist Clementine Ford’s incendiary first book,Fight Like A Girl, is taking the world by storm, galvanizing women to demand and fight for real equality and not merely the illusion of it.
NowBoys Will Be Boys examines what needs to change for that equality to become a reality. It answers the question most asked of Clementine: "How do I raise my son to respect women and give them equal space in the world? How do I make sure he's a supporter and not a perpetrator?"
Ford demolishes the age-old assumption that superiority and aggression are natural realms for boys, and demonstrates how toxic masculinity creates a disturbingly limited and potentially dangerous idea of what it is to be a man. Crucially,Boys Will Be Boys reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls, and asks what we have to do to reverse that damage. The world needs to — this book shows the way.
Praise for Fight Like a Girl:
‘Her brilliant book could light a fire with its fury. It gets my synapses crackling and popping; I find I can’t sit down while reading it, so instead I pace the sitting room.’ Sunday Times
‘There’s a wonderful book by Clementine Ford that I advise every woman, and especially young women, to read called Fight Like a Girl.’ Kate Beckinsale
'It's the wit and searing honesty of her own personal life laid bare where Fight Like a Girl truly shines.' Independent.ie
'Changed my life. I have never read a book like this. Have you ever read a book where you can't sit down, you are too agitated, but in a good way. I was pacing the room whilst reading it... I can't really explain how brilliant it is.' Pandora Sykes
‘This rallying cry will persuade you to battle for true equality, not the fake news version.’ Stylist
‘Clementine Ford was put on this earth to give courage to the young girl inside all of us. This is an exciting, essential book from Australia’s most fearless feminist writer.’ Laurie Penny, author of Unspeakable Things
‘Yes, Fight Like A Girl will make you angry. It will make you feel uncomfortable. But, ultimately, it will inspire you to create change.’ Marie Claire
'An inspiring, unapologetic, feminist manifesto that highlights with great clarity and dispassion the global socio-economic disparities that continue to exist between men and women and suggests how we can set about changing the patriarchal status quo in order to build a fairer, more egalitarian society in which women can also flourish. It’s time to change the way we all think about gender. And by doing so, create a brighter future for all humans.' Shirley Manson from Garbage