practicing feminist mothering

 A wonderful find from an anarchist and radical bookshop,  Wooden Shoe Books & Records  in Philadelphia.

A wonderful find from an anarchist and radical bookshop, Wooden Shoe Books & Records in Philadelphia.

I am loving this book, practicing feminist mothering by Fiona Joy Green. I mean, check out that cover art!

Every time I pick up this book, I get interrupted by the very person that is inspiring me to read it. Ahem, young man! Below I quote from page 16. So, you see how far I have read. Not far. The text starts on page 13! But, to be fair, I did skim the two pages of acknowledgements - ha! Again from page 16:

Before becoming a mother I knew I would feel some pressure to raise my child according to social expectations, yet I had not fully understood, nor imagined, the degree to which those expectations included replicating and promoting patriarchal values and practices. I was not prepared for the intense social surveillance and resulting pressures to raise my son in ways that duplicated patriarchal notions of masculinity.

Yes. True. So well said. I hope to read more.

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EXCITING NEWS!
I will offer a free program at Wooden Shoe Books & Records in Philadelphia. called Decolonize Your Garden on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm. We will talk briefly about the history of the lawn, horticulture, and domesticated plants. Then, we'll jump into how to transform gardens and underutilized lawn areas into vibrant landscapes full native plants that provide food and medicine.

Wooden Shoe staffed and run by a volunteer anarchist collective for over 30 years.