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Boys Will Be Boys : Power, patriarchy and the toxic bonds of mateship - Clementine Ford

Boys Will Be Boys

Power, patriarchy and the toxic bonds of mateship

Paperback Published: 26th September 2018
ISBN: 9781760632335
Number Of Pages: 384

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

'Everyone's afraid that their daughters might be hurt. No one seems to be scared that their sons might be the ones to do it ... This book ... is the culmination of many years of writing about power, abuse, privilege, male entitlement and rape culture. After all that, here's what I've learned: we should be f*cking terrified.' Clementine Ford, from the introduction

Fearless feminist heroine Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary first book, Fight Like A Girl, is taking the world by storm, galvanising women to demand and fight for real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

Now Boys 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?'

All boys start out innocent and tender, but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. Our world conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also of their own.

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 change and this book shows the way.

About the Author

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the feminist manifesto Fight Like A Girl.


Hits the spot


A follow up book from Fight Like a Girl hits the spot and is light enough to digest easily.



If there is "mansplaining", this is femi-splaining.


If a man were to write such tripe about women, it would be panned as man-splaining. I am at a total loss as to why such anti-western culture critics are even making enough money to cover the publishing costs. This writer would have had to have lived in a total radical internet bubble to have even been taken seriously. (Full disclosure, I am a gay-bicultural conservative.)



A great book on an important issue


This book covers a very important issue in today's society with humour and brutal forthrightness. Clementine Ford doesn't pull any punches or sugar coat anything here - she tells it exactly how it is. Don't think this is a man-hating 'feminazi' just beating up on men - this is about the culture of masculinity and misogyny, not about individuals. It tackles a serious issue with skill and humour, and I feel that everyone should read it - especially men. If you're a man who's part of a society that oppresses women, you'd like to know about it so you can change, right?



Laudable goal,written by an unqualified vituperative author


As in the title, the author has a laudable goal be is supremely unqualified to write it. The are far better books about the conditions facing boys and their consequences than this ideologically driven myopic drivel.



An amazing follow up to Fight Like a Girl


Despite what your first reaction to the title might be - this book is for you. It's for everyone. Boys should be invested in reading this not only to challenge their thinking, but to challenge the way that society thinks about them. This is a must read for parents, teachers and friends of boys - it's a must read for anyone shaping the lives of young men. Lastly, anyone who enjoyed Fight Like a Girl will love this follow up. Clementine writes in a way that is so accessible to different ages and reading abilities. It's a very easy read.

Rural Victoria


I want to buy this for everyone I've ever met.


Some tough topics covered, but very well written. Puts some very common issues into clear perspective.



Incredible, powerful read!


Absolutely incredible read, Clem is an engaging and powerful writer, I cannot recommend this book enough for both the men, women, mothers, fathers in your life. Also recommended her first novel "Fight Like a Girl".




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ISBN: 9781760632335
ISBN-10: 1760632333
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 26th September 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3