“This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha’s own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents–especially mothers–who raise them.” —Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race

Product Code: 8971
ISBN: 9781632174109
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Pages: 304
Published Date: 05/24/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.95

Beautifully written and deeply personal, this book follows the struggles and triumphs of one single, immigrant mother of color to raise an American feminist son.

From teaching consent to counteracting problematic messages from the media, well-meaning family, and the culture at large, the author offers an empowering, imperfect feminism, brimming with honest insight and actionable advice.

An electrifying tour de force informed by Jha's work as a professor of journalism specializing in social justice movements and social media, as well as by conversations with psychologists, experts, other parents and boys--and through powerful stories from her own life--this book shows us all how to be better feminists and better teachers of the next generation of men.

Includes chapter takeaways and an annotated bibliography for adults and children, plus reading group guide with discussion questions and an interview with Ijeoma Oluo.

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Author’s Note

Prologue: How I Raised a Feminist in the Dark
Chapter One: Help, I Just Found Out I’m Having a Son!
Chapter Two: What If I’m Not a Good Feminist?
Chapter Three: What Would the Goddesses Do?
Chapter Four: Has Mother Goose Ever Heard of Feminism?
Chapter Five: If It Takes a Village, Where’s My Feminist Village?
Chapter Six: How Will I Shield Him from the Men around Us?
Chapter Seven: How Will I Shield Him from the Media?
Chapter Eight: Do I Really Have to Talk to Him about Sex?
Chapter Nine: Is Feminism Good for His Body As Well As His Mind?
Chapter Ten: What If He Slips Up?
Chapter Eleven: Will My Boy of Color Feel Too Burdened? Will My White Son Feel Too Guilty?
Chapter Twelve: What If I Slip Up?
Chapter Thirteen: How Will I Know If I’ve Succeeded in Raising a Feminist Son?

About the Author

A beautiful hybrid of memoir, manifesto, instruction manual, and rumination on the power of story and possibilities of family.” —Rebecca Solnit, author of The Mother of All Questions

How to Raise a Feminist Son has practical to-do lists about how to tackle some of the hardest conversations.” —NPR

“Jha weaves her own fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, and always beautiful story of raising her own feminist son with careful research, insightful interviews, and helpful advice. This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha’s own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents–especially mothers–who raise them.” —Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race<

“Essential reading for any parent, loved one, or teacher seeking to raise feminist boys in these times.” —V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues and The Apology

“Combining the insight of memoir with sound advice, How to Raise a Feminist Son is a glorious map to a better future.” —Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

“Sonora Jha takes on the hardest questions and the most-fraught conversations with nuance and grace. Here, when addressing the deepest anxieties of parents raising boys committed to a fair and just society, her insights are invaluable.” —Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

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