Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood


Combining the best of the award-winning magazine Rad Dad and the Daddy Dialectic blog, this compilation features the best essays written for fathers by a multitude of dads from different walks of life. Bestselling authors, writers, musicians, and others collaborate on this collection that focuses on some of the modern complexities of fatherhood. Touching on topics such as the brutalities, beauties, and politics of the birth experience; the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers; the tests ...

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Combining the best of the award-winning magazine Rad Dad and the Daddy Dialectic blog, this compilation features the best essays written for fathers by a multitude of dads from different walks of life. Bestselling authors, writers, musicians, and others collaborate on this collection that focuses on some of the modern complexities of fatherhood. Touching on topics such as the brutalities, beauties, and politics of the birth experience; the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers; the tests faced by transgendered and gay fathers; the emotions of sperm donation; and parental confrontations with war, violence, racism, and incarceration, this anthology leaves no stone unturned in the discussion of being a dad. Contributors include: Steve Almond, Jack Amoureux, Mike Araujo, Mark Andersen, Jeff Chang, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeff Conant, Jason Denzin, Cory Doctorow, Craig Elliott, Chip Gagnon, Keith Hennessy, David L. Hoyt, Simon Knapus, Ian MacKaye, Tomas Moniz, Zappa Montag, Raj Patel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Sperber, Burke Stansbury, Shawn Taylor, Tata, Jeff West, and Mark Whiteley.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Gives voice to egalitarian parenting and caregiving by men in a truly radical fashion, with its contributors challenging traditional norms of what it means to be a father and subverting paradigms, while making you laugh in the process. With its thoughtful and engaging stories on topics like birth, stepfathering, gender, politics, pop culture, and the challenges of kids growing older, this collection of essays and interviews is a compelling addition to books on fatherhood.”  —Jennifer Silverman, coeditor, My Baby Rides the Short Bus

“With a diverse, smart, and political collection of contributors, Rad Dad will be an instant classic among the new generation of parents whose parenting intersects with their politics. There's no way you can put this book down without feeling both inspired and entertained by the bold honesty and fierce love heard in these voices.”  —Jessica Mills, author, My Mother Wears Combat Boots

"One of the most important voices on the planet—at once parental, political, feminist, humble, and full of heart. In Rad Dad, none of our assumptions about parenting, gender, or the way things ‘have to be’ in the world go unexplored."  —Ariel Gore, author, The Hip Mama Survival Guide

“A book about all the shapes and sizes that dads come in, united by the simple narrative thread of man and his children. Read the book and love your kids. It's that simple.”  —Tom Matlack, cofounder, The Good Men Project

“I say we put the editors of Rad Dad in charge of the patriarchy!”  —
Ayun Halliday, author, The Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale from the Trenches

"The key theme of the book is that we all need a community of support to realize a vision of parenting which actually manifests that other, better world we've all been working toward for so long." —www.LeftTurn.org (November 2011)

"Rad Dad's contributors are a politically engaged, profeminist, anticonsumerist bunch, but the truth is, even if they weren't, this would still be a pretty radical book. Even in 2011, nearly 20 years after the debut of the like-minded Hip Mama zine, for men to talk seriously and introspectively about parenting is a pretty revolutionary act." —Bitch Magazine (December 2011)

"The book is a gem and well-worth picking up. The editors take us on a journey through the various stages of a child's development and the different way radical fathers raise their children." —www.RedDirtReport.com

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
The role of fatherhood in today's world is constantly evolving and adapting. Fathers come in all shapes and sizes and with diverse histories and backgrounds. This parenting guide for fathers is a compilation of essays written to tackle many of the issues that most traditional parenting books are hesitant to discuss. Musicians, educators, activists, bestselling authors and many others collaborate to express their experiences and political opinions on the world of modern day fatherhood. What are the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers? What are the tests faced by gay and transgendered fathers? What are the emotions that accompany the sperm donation process? How do fathers deal with situations including violence, racism and even incarceration? These are just some of the difficult and edgy topics discussed in these very radical and direct essays. Definitely written for adults as this book contains graphic sexual references as well as crude language. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604864816
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 764,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomas Moniz is the founder, the editor, and a writer for the award-winning magazine Rad Dad. He teaches basic skills classes at Berkeley City College and works with the National Writing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California. Jeremy Adam Smith is the founder of the acclaimed blog Daddy Dialectic, the author of The Daddy Shift, the coeditor of Are We Born Racist?, and a 2010–2011 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of Rad Dad, or Parenting Is about More than Pee, Poop, and Puberty Tomas Moniz 9

Birth, Babies, and Toddlers

Notes from a Sperm Donor Keith Hennessy 15

Born in the Caul: My Journey Inside Jason Denzin 19

Everyday Revolution Mark Andersen 24

Inside vs. Outside Jeremy Adam Smith 32

Glacial Crushing Joy Mike Araujo 35

A Day at the Park Shawn Taylor 39

Mommy Preference and Patriarchy David L. Hoyt 43

My Daddy Is Transgendered! Jack Amoureux 47

Upside-Down Lucas Burke Stansbury 51

How Not to Talk to Your Kid about War Jeremy Adam Smith 55


Beautiful on All Sides Tomas Moniz 59

Mixed Dominance Jeremy Adam Smith 64

Seeing Pink Jason Sperber 67

Fighting the Market: Parenting and Gender Simon Knapus 71

Dads and Daughters, Fathers and Sons Jeff West 75

You Skate like a Girl! Jeremy Adam Smith 79

Jack and the Interstalk Cory Doctorow 82

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love TV David L. Hoyt 85

The Force of "The Force" Craig Elliott 88

Boys, Toys, and Militarism Chip Gagnon 91

Tweens and Teens

Low and Slow: A Movie Script about a Father, Three Kids, the Evil Media, and the Perils of Sex Education Tomas Moniz 97

Radio Wars Zappa Montag 102

Skate Dad Mark Whiteley 104

Mad Dad Chip Gagnon 109

Dazed and Confused Tomas Moniz 114

A Letter to My Son on His Seventeenth Birthday Tomas Moniz 118

Politics of Parenting: Gender, Race, Allies, Visions

A Kid-Friendly Wild Rumpus Tomas Moniz 125

Five Questions for Profeminist Fathers Jeremy Adam Smith 129

Losing the Battle, Winning the War Tomas Moniz 136

Doing the Wrong Thing Is Better than Doing Nothing Tomas Moniz 139

Straight on Castro Jeremy Adam Smith 143

Wake Up, Dads! Tata 151

Interviews with Rad Dads

It's Fucking Natural: Ian MacKaye Talks about Parenting Tomas Moniz 157

Who We Be: A Q&A with Jeff Chang Jeremy Adam Smith Tomas Moniz 161

Daddyfreak: A Q&A with Steve Almond Jeremy Adam Smith 170

Tire Beautiful Struggle: A Q&A with Ta-Nehisi Coates Jeremy Adam Smith 176

Revolutionary Dignity and Daughters: A Q&A with Jeff Conant Tomas Moniz 179

Movements and Storytelling: A Q&A with Raj Patel Tomas Moniz 184

Conclusion: Storytelling Tomas Moniz 191

Contributor Biographies 194

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