Raising the Resistance: A Mother's Guide to Practical Activism ( Feminist Theory, Motherhood, Feminism, Social Activism)

Raising the Resistance: A Mother's Guide to Practical Activism ( Feminist Theory, Motherhood, Feminism, Social Activism)

by Farrah Alexander

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Overview

The New Feminist Manifesto for Badass Moms

Acknowledging the dual role of mother and citizen, Scary Mommy writer and mom Farrah Alexander, provides empowerment and guidance for the modern progressive mother.

On the intersection of feminism and motherhood. Mothers are a force to be reckoned with. And after the Women’s March and midterm elections, moms have surely secured their spot in today's feminist movement. But for those who aren’t ready to make a bid for the presidency, the way forward can seem daunting and unclear. Whether it’s correcting a misinformed family member about gender equality or running for political office, this bold and accessible primer presents active parents with different types of activism they can incorporate into their parenting, no matter how big or small.

When active parents support the feminist movement. With practical guidance, political commentary, and inspiration, this feminist manifesto for moms tackles problems from political representation to sexual misconduct. It doesn’t just validate present-day feminist frustration, it also offers practical ways to channel it into solutions. Most importantly, it proves that by planting seeds of empathy and political awareness in their children, moms can raise their children to be change-makers. They can raise the resistance.

Inside, learn:

  • Self-care techniques for badass moms
  • Strategies for becoming a role model in today’s feminist movement
  • Different types of activism moms can use to take a stand
  • And more!

If you enjoyed books like Good and Mad, Unladylike, and Fight Like a Mother, then you’ll love Raising the Resistance.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642503746
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Farrah Alexander is a writer and parenting columnist for Extol. Her work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, BUST, and Scary Mommy.

Currently, Farrah lives outside Louisville, Ky. with her husband, son, and daughter.

Read an Excerpt

From the book:

Things are so bad; this is being recorded. These moments are being etched forever in the history books of the future. Our grandchildren will study this time and want to know where you were and what you were doing. What you do now will shape what that moment looks like. What do you want to be proud to say?

When you look back in history, do you see yourself as one of the good guys? Did you read Anne Frank’s diary and think you would be the one breaking the law to save Jews from certain death in Auschwitz? Well, you don’t have to wonder what you would do. What are you doing now? There are concentration camps keeping migrants hostage while they wait in asylum purgatory to hear if they get to stay or sent back to their home countries, where certain death awaits them. Did you read Letter from a Birmingham Jail and believe you would have marched alongside Dr. King and fight for civil rights? Well, Black Lives Matter exists because black lives are being senselessly, callously taken and the fight for their rights continues. There is opportunity to affect change all around you.

Mothers are in a unique position to change the present in order to affect the future. The resistance against bigotry, misogyny, and injustice is largely being led by women, especially mothers. Activists are out there pushing strollers as they protest and register voters with babies on their hips. We not only have the heart for activism, we are raising the future.

If we want to live in a world without the hatred and bigotry we see, we need to teach our children about love and equality. What is so cool about being a mom and raising these little humans is that their world is whatever we make it. If we believe anything other than treating human beings with respect, dignity, and fairness is wrong, then we teach them that and that becomes their truth. If we want to make the future a kinder, more just place for our children to grow old, we need to do everything in our power to make it so.

Whether it’s managing your family’s busy schedule between school assignments and extracurricular activities or excelling in your career and still helping with your kids’ homework, moms get it done. Might as well throw in defeating bigotry and saving the world while we’re at it.

In this book, you will be given the tools you need to discover, or further cultivate, your own path in fighting for change through political activism. By using as much time as you’d like to devote, your strengths, and your parenting, you can leave a serious impact on our world. Let this book be your guide to harness your power and turn your passion into action.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part I Choice 15

Chapter 1 Don't Let the Patriarchy in Your Home 16

Chapter 2 Our Bodies, Our Choice 36

Chapter 3 Their Bodies, Their Choices 56

Chapter 4 Stop Sexualizing Children, Creeps 75

Part II Self-Care 97

Chapter 5 What to Do When Mama Needs a Nap, but the Patriarchy Won't Smash Itself 98

Chapter 6 Motherhood-American Style! 118

Chapter 7 Save Yourself, Princess 138

Chapter 8 Dad's Not Babysitting 157

Part III Role Modeling 174

Chapter 9 Be the Village 175

Chapter 10 Check Your Privilege 192

Chapter 11 Raise Up Your Sisters 210

Part IV Taking a Stand 227

Chapter 12 The Personal Is Still Political 228

Chapter 13 This Is What Democracy Should Look Like 243

Chapter 14 Mom Saves the World 258

Resources 266

Acknowledgments 270

About the Author 272

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From the Publisher

“Will inspire every mom to demand action in their own community and empower them with the confidence and tools to do so.”

—Shannon Watts, author of Fight Like a Mother

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