Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Review: Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford

Toxic masculinity is hurting men. How do we raise boys to be respectful to women and treat them like equals when they have a distorted view of masculinity constantly thrown at them?

That's the problem that feminist and writer Clementine Ford addresses in her latest work, Boys Will Be Boys in her trademark style. Now the mother of a young son, Ford is using this novel to break down the stereotypes that men and boys have to behave in a certain way, and how that behaviour can be just as harmful to themselves as it is to others.

This was an unflinching look at the toxic culture that tells men and boys that they must behave a certain way in order to fit in and be considered a man. I read this one in the course of about a day and a half and found myself nodding with agreement at various places. Ford's real talent, however, is taking feminist theory and contemporary issues and presenting them in a way that is engaging and accessible to readers from all walks of life, a rare thing.