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Boys Will Be Boys

Narrated by: Clementine Ford
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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"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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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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Fearless, incendiary, intelligent and frank

Fearless, incendiary, intelligent and frank. Clem's no bullshit honesty and ability to get to the irreducible essence of the cultural, relational and psychological problems we face today in raising good people and changing entrenched patriarchal systems is nothing short of miraculous. Her tireless campaign for the rights and voices of women and children will cement her position as one of history's most courageous and important feminists. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of families and society as a whole. Well done, Clementine, you are such a huge inspiration.

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Everyone should listen to the book. Well done! <br />

I admire someone like Clementine who managed to bring out the issue about the stronger gender. the issue that no many people like to talk, at least not openly without saving anyone' including the 'big' names. Well done Clementine!

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exceptional

a book for anyone willing to accept the idea that our society isn't entirely equal for each and every individual! brilliantly narrated, funny and sad and well worth a listen!

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Amazing!

I loved this wonderfully written and narrated exploration of toxic masculinity. Clementine Ford delves deeply into the subject, using detailed evidence-based research that demands societal change. Everyone needs to read this.

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A must read

man or woman you will get something from this even if you only ready every fifth page. But don't do that. read it all, the intro the body and the after words. it's all words to think by words to act on and words to build a better way forward

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Everyone read this!

Everyone should read this book. It is an in-depth analysis of the horrid world we bring our children into. We have a lot of work to do to improve society for girls and boys. Let’s start doing the hard work now!

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Incredibly articulated challenge to toxic masc.

Clementine Ford has not only written a book that demonstrates how incredibly aware she is of the intricacies of the issues she is discussing but does so in a way that is incredibly engaging. Her performance is faultless, listening feels like having a conversation with an old friend. Absolutely would recommend.

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  • 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.