Boys will be boys / Clementine Ford.

by Ford, Clementine [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Oneworld, 2019.Description: xiii, 362 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781786076632.Other title: power, patriarchy and toxic masculinity.Subject(s): EqualityLooking glass | MasculinityLooking glass | Men -- Conduct of lifeLooking glass | Men -- IdentityLooking glass | PatriarchyLooking glassNote: Previously published under title : Boys will be boys : power, patriarchy and the toxic bonds of mateship.;
Previously published: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen and Unwin, 2018.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

'The most important thing you'll read this year' Elle

The incendiary new book about toxic masculinity and misogyny from Clementine Ford, author of the bestselling feminist manifesto, Fight Like A Girl.

Boys Will Be Boys answers the question Clementine Ford is most often asked: 'How do I raise my son to respect women?'

With equal parts passion and humour, Ford reveals how patriarchal society is as destructive for men as it is for women, creating a dangerously limited idea of what it is to be a man. She traces the way gender norms creep into the home from early childhood, through popular culture or the division of housework and shines a light on what needs to change for equality to become a reality.

Previously published under title : Boys will be boys : power, patriarchy and the toxic bonds of mateship.

Previously published: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen and Unwin, 2018.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Author's note (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 It's a boy (p. 13)
  • 2 A woman's place (p. 39)
  • 3 Girls on film (p. 70)
  • 4 Not all men (p. 101)
  • 5 We know what boys are like (p. 123)
  • 6 Mass debate (p. 151)
  • 7 The manosphere (p. 177)
  • 8 Your Honour, I object (p. 204)
  • 9 The king of the hill (p. 230)
  • 10 It's just a joke (p. 257)
  • 11 Asking for it (p. 284)
  • 12 Witch hunt (p. 324)
  • Epilogue (p. 352)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 359)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Ford follows up her powerful book Fight Like a Girl with a much-needed, unapologetic study of toxic masculinity that relentlessly excavates how complicit we all are in the creation, reinforcement, and perpetuation of a "boys will be boys" mind-set. As the author explains, this ideology may sound humorous but is, in fact, detrimental to society as a whole. This latest work begins with an analysis of Ford's experiences with her own son and ends with a catalog of men who have been accused of--and forgiven for--acts of sexual violence in a way that is simultaneously intimate and systemic. This will change the way readers think about seemingly innocuous habits that enable toxic masculinity. Although some readers may resist Ford's bold, brash tone, she writes with clarity about how "manhood is never seen as an identity marker, particularly when it comes to leadership," and with love for her son in a powerful epilog that few will be able not to feel her anger and wish to enact some kind of change. VERDICT A necessary read that compliments Ford's first book, but ultimately stands on its own.--Emily Bowles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Publishers Weekly Review

In this fierce, often sharp treatise, activist and author Ford (Fight Like a Girl) considers how patriarchy is harmful to men and reflects on how society can collectively educate boys on resisting the siren songs of male privilege and sexist attitudes. Having recently had a son, Ford has personal insight on how gender roles become prescribed at an early age-"boys are cars and touchdowns and arrows and rifles and guns"-and advises other parents on how to avoid the trap of these prescriptions (rule #1: no gender reveal parties). She notes the need for more female-centered stories in film and television and to teach boys that stories about girls are worth their attention; discusses societal attitudes about sex, which demonize girls for being sexually active and deride boys if they are deemed insufficiently sexually motivated; and carefully outlines exactly how one might have a conversation with a young man about sex, consent, and pornography. About halfway through the book, Ford zooms out to look more broadly at patriarchy and its discontents, including the misdeeds of murderous men's rights activists, misogynist pickup artists, and Donald Trump. The analyses here may not be novel to readers already familiar with contemporary feminism, but this could serve as a useful entry point for those newer to the topic or contemplating how to parent in light of it. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Clementine Ford is an Australian freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. Fight Like a Girl is her first book and was published in September 2016.

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