• Father Figure

  • How to Be a Feminist Dad
  • By: Jordan Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Jordan Shapiro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From digital-age parenting expert Jordan Shapiro, a thoughtful and long-overdue exploration of fatherhood and masculinity in the 21st century.

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.

©2021 Jordan Shapiro (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“This pandemic has revealed a crisis in American caregiving. I hope Shapiro's fearless book kickstarts a woke dad revolution, because Goddess knows we need one.” (Anya Kamenetz, NPR correspondent and author of The Art of Screen Time)

"Father Figure is exactly the book that our family needed, and we imagine yours does too. Shapiro questions what the traditional ‘dad’ offers a modern household. He reminds us that feminism liberates everyone, not just women. And he offers supportive and profound suggestions for fathers. You can be a vital member of your family’s journey without being a patriarchal tyrant." (Ben Lee and Ione Skye, musician, actress, partners, parents) 

“Holy smokes! This book is a revelation and a revolution. This is required reading for every person who is or will be a caregiver in their lifetime - which is all of us. Father Figure is a brilliant mix of memoir, manifesto, and action. Shapiro offers us hope for a future where fatherhood is radically reimagined, and this is the road map to get us there.” (Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play)

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I thought I might have found a book that fit with my situation but instead I found disappointment. The author appears more interested in deconstructing fatherhood than to articulate a way forward. I don't particularly care that he attempts to deconstruct fatherhood from a feminist perspective but his arguments do not leave a lot of space for him to envision how a father should parent. I found the book to be rife with confounding arguments, personal anecdotes of self admitted failings contrary to his message and poor overall articulation of parenting strategies. This is a weak book.

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