What does a feminist do when she becomes a middle class, stay-at-home mom? Fight even harder for the rights of women!
Through vivid tales of street action, political campaigns (both Michele Bachmann and Al Franken make appearances), school curriculum debates, SWAT officers, flame wars, ultrasounds, white-liberal guilt, feminists with no interest in children, moms with no interest in politics, and gay marriage, The Radical Housewife depicts the struggle of one woman to understand herself and her role as a well-educated woman who chooses-for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the "glass ceiling" that enables her husband to earn a greater salary than she could-to stay home and raise her children.
Ultimately, Shannon Drury asks the question: What does "family values" really mean? After reading The Radical Housewife, the answer may surprise you.
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A MOST INTERESTING READ ABOUT FAMILY VALUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND HOW THEY HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE TIME OF THE LITTLE WOMAN STAYING AT HOME CARING FOR THE CHILDREN WHILST THE MALE IS THE BREADWINNER
I read this book in two days - I couldn't put it down! From the very first paragraph, I instantly connected with the author (her parenting moment, crying face down on her kid’s rug). Drury’s voice is sharp witted, introspective, and nuanced. I love that she is reclaiming the role of "housewife"– as her choice, owning it and celebrating it. Drury’s take on feminism is fresh and modern, acknowledging the contradictions and finding her own balance. She puts her money where her mouth is, picketing for rights with her kids in tow, standing up to politicians and eventually becoming the president of her state’s NOW chapter. This book is honest and brave, and I highly recommend it to housewives, working women, moms and anyone who wants a laugh and an occasional cry. In the end, it was inspiring, and I feel like it’s hopeful vision for the future of our society as a whole. I'm going to get my book club to read it, because there are tons of topics I'd love to discuss with other women in my life.
This is a book for mommies, rabble-rousers, feminists, writers and those who love them. If you fall into any of these categories, you should pick up a copy for sure. Even if you don't identify with one of those categories, Shannon's hard truths, even about herself, are refreshingly honest and super funny! This is the most entertaining memoir I've read all year!
I love "The Radical Housewife!" It's funny and honest and lots of fun to read, but it's also insightful cultural and political commentary. Through her very personal story and observations, Drury draws clear connections among economic justice, feminism, and the well-being of families. She illuminates the cultural messages about beauty, motherhood, choice, etc., that bind us (even the best feminists among us) as women. And she exposes our frequent failure to support each other as women (even the best feminists among us). Before reading "The Radical Housewife," I'm not sure whether I would have labeled myself a feminist. But Drury makes a convincing argument that anyone who cares about the health of our society MUST care about feminist issues...and MUST read this book!