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Boys Will Be Boys

Narrated by: Clementine Ford
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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

Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'how do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her, too.   

How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent, 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. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.   

In Boys Will Be Boys, best-selling and groundbreaking author of Fight Like a Girl Clementine Ford dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

©2018 Clementine Ford (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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so hard to finish

this is a hate filled book. its nothing but cherrypicked one sided arguments based on personal anger and quotes. its conflation and an attempt to justify a damaged world view that pushes for a world that's divided.

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poorly lacking in implementable solutions.

Amazing dissertation of many of the current gender challenges we are facing as a society. However, the poor use of Statistics and blatent gender shaming, mixed with functionally zero solutions we can implement makes it overall not worth the read.

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Powerful stuff - beautiful epilogue at the end

I take some of the reviewers points that the delivery of the message does come across as quite angry and at times this makes it uncomfortable to listen to. But really isn't the subject matter UNCOMFORTABLE enough, she delivers it in this way because it is actually an outrage, and maybe by showing you its ok to be really mad about these things it will help spark action. Although i prefer authors like Caitlin Moran's palatable jovial version of the feminist message I kept going with this book because it really brought some truths home that even I had been guilty of brushing aside as the way things are and I needed to listen.

I listen to this for me, and I listened to it for my son and the world i want him to be part of.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Hate fest towards men and at times almost offensive to women.

As a 30 year old professional female and a new mum of a baby boy I really hated this book. Nothing new was presented and I found that the chapters felt more like hate fest rather than a constructive thought provoking conversation. Extremely disappointed and wish I hadn’t wasted my money.

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couldn't listen to it all

Started so well. loved the humor. Was ready to text all my mates and say this was a must read and relates to gender neutral conversations we have been having, but then it became a book bagging out all the men who have bagged her out in the past. nothing to do with raising boys better. just talking about the worst they can be.
chapter 13 was worth listening to re rape culture. but after chapter 4. there's little of interest and just frustrating to listen too.

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Waste

At first it sounds good, but I soon realised the author is just another attention seeking feminist. Some points she touched are soo true about certain men, especially Australian men in modern society, but I find her onslaught totally over the top...

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"why i cant succeed"

Everything insightful in this book is delivered bitterly. The rest is just fluff and excuses as to why some people believe the can not succeed. Disliked her from the start but didnt know if her facebook and radio comments were the real her or just attention grabbers. She is mostly just attention grabbers. There are much stronger female role models to follow.

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Myopic politics. Fueled by red cordial.

Clementine Ford’s book, boys will be boys, is an incoherent shambling mess of political gibberish, founded upon the premises of politically inspired paranoia and misinformation, fueled entirely by red cordial. However, with that said, the book is a rather good book, should you desire an example of everything wrong with modern gender politics. For that reason, i give this a solid five stars.

This book is her world view, laid out as a love letter to her young male child. A detailed, deeply flawed perspective of the world. But a revealing look into her mind, nevertheless. A mind consumed by concern and anxiety, which is laid bare for all to read. Contradicted by her declarations that this book is not designed to set a negative message against men. If one were to remove the initial comment at the start of the introduction which proclaims this, leaving all other variables the same, it would be a difficult case to make. While i can recall many examples, every chapter, where men are the cause of some social ill, i cannot recall a single one where men are viewed in anything close to a neutral light, let alone positive. Hence the previous statement, this is a great example of everything wrong with gender politics.

Not to toss shade at Clementine, she obviously put a lot of work into this project. Something which should be respected. its not her fault for these myopic positions, any more than similar six day creationists at the local baptist church. She has come to a conclusion, despite any other more grounded reasons. Without any desire to improve or adapt, this is who she is. Take it or leave it, spotlight it as i intend to do so, but never attempt to burn it.

I have purchased both the audio book and the physical copy. I can safely say that the narration by Clementine adds a certain something to this project that the physical book cannot. My physical copy currently occupies a place on my pseudoscience and religion book shelf, right next to Bell Hooks, Feminism is for Everybody. I knew i was in for a wild ride the moment Clementine referenced Bell Hooks. Oh boy, that did not disappoint.

Given this book's political nature, in exactly the same context as any Creation Ministries book, you either love it because you uncritically agree with the politics within, and have done so for years, or you see it as something else less praise worthy. Regardless, i would encourage everyone to read the book. Again, its resources like this that should be put on a pedestal. Not as some divine revealed truth that we should teach to children as a positive role model. But as a cautionary tale heralding from old German folk lore, as a negative role model to children so they understand what not to do.

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Awesome

So powerful and insightful. Ford never fails to bring wit, humor, and accurate information to incredibly important and emotional discussions on gender and identity.

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Essential reading

Everyone needs to read this.. and if you are a parent.. you really need to read this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-2019

Visceral and necessary

I have lived in a world coloured and carved into rape culture all my life, but that reality has meant I need to forget sometimes what that truly means. Clementine Ford has brought it all back my rage and fear, despair and hope. And yet I not the best audience fir this book. It is for my male friends, my partner, my father, the men who shouted at me from car thus week and the man who groped me without my consent on a first date.
Please please hear us. This time, please this time, listen to what you are doing and stop. Just stop.

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  • 24-10-2018

Clementine Ford broke me into tears

As a father
As an unloved child
As a 31yo man

Your epilogue broke me.