Shannon Drury is a badass feminist bitch.
She is seriously pissed off about the state of family values in America.
She will kick you in the face with her Chuck Taylor-wearing good sense about what it means to be a Mommy in a post-Baby Einstein world.
Shannon’s frank talk about how feminism’s infighting hurts us all is refreshing. In addition, she makes a compelling case to middle class stay-at-home moms like her. If you ever thought feminism was no longer necessary in America, you need a wake up call.
And let’s face it ladies, if we are sitting back watching this all-out war on the feminine without doing a damn thing about it, we need it.
Shannon is a former President of Minnesota NOW, a feminist activist and a writer. She is also a stay-at-home mom. The one-two punch creates a powerful voice that reminds us why feminism is still relevant (not that we needed that reminder over the past several years, as conservatives rage an all-out war on female equality).
Perhaps I feel an affinity for Shannon’s work because we’re both liberal feminists in roles that many of our foremothers consider firmly un-feminist.
Shannon stays at home with her two young children. I would rather be wearing an apron and a dress than a tailored suit. Both Shannon and I are living examples of what we believe feminism is all about: EQUAL CHOICE FOR EVERYONE.
A huge fan of her now retired blog of the same title, Shannon has been one of my feminist heroes for a few years, so it was with great anticipation that I jumped at the chance to read her book before it hit the virtual shelves. Shannon’s long awaited first book, out this week, confirms her status as my favorite living feminist mommy in an often heart wrenching, usually funny, sometimes cringe-inducing sort of way. The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century (affiliate link) is essential reading for every mommy in America that feels a like the lie about “having it all” was specifically designed to make her feel like she’s not good enough.
The Radical Housewife features frank talk about motherhood and feminism.
Shannon’s book will make you uncomfortable.
Which is a very very good thing.
She speaks frankly about the devastating loneliness of new motherhood.
She’ll make you laugh and shout “WTF?!” when she recounts the bickering between feminist thought leaders that keep us firmly under the thumb of an old-boy establishment. We need those uncomfortable feelings that only happen with complete and unwavering truth.
You should read this book if you were ever cut down by another woman who should have been your ally.
Shannon quotes Lao Tzu a few times in her book. I am reminded of this one, a variation, when I read her words:
“Because of great love, one is courageous.” –Lao Tzu
There is no greater love I know of than a mother for her children. It will be up to us to offer our sons and daughters a world where everyone is valuable, no matter their gender, race, color, creed or sexual orientation.
Part memoir, part rallying cry
I feel you Shannon.
If one more woman asks me why I can’t just shut up about politics and share some more damn recipes, I might just drop kick her before shoving a vegan pie in her face.
My will to speak the truth is often at odds with my will to get paid to write.
I remember reading an excerpt from The Radical Housewife on Shannon’s blog back in 2013 where she talks about blogging and wanting recognition. I felt her pain then, and reading her stories about the double-edged dagger of hard-hitting content, it came alive for me in her book.
You should read this book if you’re a writer trying to give a voice to hard truths.
Who should read this book
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 of The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century (affiliate link).
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