Jordan Shapiro with Ted Bunch - Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad (Online Event)

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 1:00pm


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Book Passage Presents

Thurs., June 17, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Ted Bunch

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A thoughtful and long-overdue exploration of fatherhood and masculinity in the 21st century that "redefines what it means to be a good father" (Adam Grant).

There are hundreds of books on parenting, and with good reason—becoming a parent is scary, difficult, and life-changing. But when it comes to books about parenting identity, rather than the nuts and bolts of raising children, nearly all are about what it's like to be a mother.

Drawing on research in sociology, economics, philosophy, gender studies, and the author's own experiences, Father Figure sets out to fill that gap. It's an exploration of the psychology of fatherhood from an archetypal perspective as well as a cultural history that challenges familiar assumptions about the origins of so-called traditional parenting roles. What paradoxes and contradictions are inherent in our common understanding of dads? Might it be time to rethink some aspects of fatherhood?

Gender norms are changing, and old economic models are facing disruption. As a result, parenthood and family life are undergoing an existential transformation. And yet, the narratives and images of dads available to us are wholly inadequate for this transition. Victorian and Industrial Age tropes about fathers not only dominate the media, but also contour most people's lived experience. Father Figure offers a badly needed update to our collective understanding of fatherhood—and masculinity in general. It teaches dads how to embrace the joys of fathering while guiding them toward an image of manliness for the modern world.

Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is father to two children and step-father to two more. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner Amanda Steinberg. He teaches in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program. He’s senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and nonresident fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. His previous book, The New Childhood, received wide critical acclaim and has been published in 11 languages. Follow him on twitter: @jordosh and visit his website at jordanshapiro.org.

Ted Bunch is the co-author of The Book of Dares: 100 Ways for Boys to Be Kind, Bold, and Brave. He works for A Call to Men, helping men and boys promote healthy manhood and prevent violence and discrimination. Ted works with professional athletes, business leaders, and activists. He lives in New York.

 

Jordan Shapiro photo courtesy of author; Ted Bunch photo by Al Torres Photography

 

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Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316459969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 11th, 2021

The Book of Dares: 100 Ways for Boys to Be Kind, Bold, and Brave Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593302989
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021