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Feminist Parenting of Boys MAY Bookclub: Jenni Murray's "That's My Boy!"

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blackcurrants Tue 10-May-11 01:51:37

Looking forward to our discussion on Wednesday, 18th May at, erm - when do people fancy? sometime after the kids are in bed?
7pm? 8pm? I'm five hours behind you all, but around then would work for me, too.

Firkytoodle Tue 10-May-11 10:45:45

8pm sounds good to me as mine are usually (fingers crossed) asleep by then.

tougholdbird Tue 10-May-11 17:46:59

Have ordered the single copy in my area from the library, hopefully will get it in time to join you on 18th. After 8:00 best for me, but I can always sneak in late if you start at 7.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 10-May-11 20:58:06

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PrinceHumperdink Wed 11-May-11 15:42:45

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MadameBoo Thu 12-May-11 10:03:11

Marking place.

joaninha Thu 12-May-11 16:36:45

oooh can I join in too? There I was feeling pretty glum because I just got back from DS's school where I found out that he got into trouble today for hitting another boy who was teasing him. All confused (do I let him have it or do I just think "boys will be boys"?) I came onto Mumsnet looking for advice and lo and behold - this thread was calling out to me!!

So, it's Jenni Murray "that's my boy", 8pm Wed 18 May right?

blackcurrants Fri 13-May-11 14:02:12

That's right jo - and I hope you were able to talk to you DS constructively about it all. I don't think "boys will be boys" exactly, but I do think "Boys are socialised not to have/show emotions other than anger and dominance" - poor wee buggers! This is going to be a really interesting read!

If we start at 8pm that's 3pm my time and there's no chance I'll have to stop and do bedtime for a while - but if you would prefer 9pm that should still be safe for me. I'm open to suggestions and changes smile

tougholdbird Fri 13-May-11 18:41:04

Meh. Library tell me I might get book for Tuesday next week.

Looks like my insightful comments and stunning critique may be confined to the book cover design. smile

8 is fine for me

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 13-May-11 20:01:14

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Firkytoodle Fri 13-May-11 20:13:54

I got mine 'fufilled by Amazon' at £1.27 incl postage. Ordered 9th, despatched 11th and arrived today.

Looks excellent and quite an easy read.

blackcurrants Sun 15-May-11 02:47:29

oh dear - I just got paid yesterday, so finally ordered this today. Just realised it's got to come to me from the UK - might not make it for Wed. Oops! Expect me to be 'asking very interested questions' and 'prompting discussion' a lot, on wed smile

blackcurrants Sun 15-May-11 02:49:15

argh, just got the amazon email - "expected shipping date JUNE 10th" - ffs!
Oh well. I will find this thread super useful and interesting when I do get to read it!

StewieGriffinsMom Mon 16-May-11 17:49:25

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celadon Mon 16-May-11 23:46:03

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darleneoconnor Tue 17-May-11 23:04:57

I just saw this book in a charity shop yesterday- what are the odds?

marking my place, <better get on and read it>

celadon Wed 18-May-11 12:44:59

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blackcurrants Wed 18-May-11 14:05:48

Argh! I still have no book AND (because I've been offered a last minute ticket to my friend's PhD Graduation Ceremony - yay!) I am not 100% certain I will be back in time for the start of our discussion.

SO : profound apologies, I'm going to skip in pretty late - I can't wait to read your thoughts, please have a ball without me and I'm going to be adding to the thread when I've actually got my hands on the book. I swear our next book will be more organised with lots of time to find and read the book for everyone!

Firkytoodle Wed 18-May-11 17:18:07

I've read half of the book but have been distracted by the fact that DC have both been unwell since friday. I'll try and read as much as I can before 8pm but I dont think I'll be in sparkling form, especially as they have passed it on to me.

tougholdbird Wed 18-May-11 17:45:17

I've just about managed a third, so will be there but prob late due to soccer training (DS, not me)

dizzy77 Wed 18-May-11 20:02:36

Evening all. So, how does this normally work?

Firkytoodle Wed 18-May-11 20:06:23

Not sure Dizzy, I havent done this before either. I guess we could start with what our personal impressions are about the book (in my case minus the last 50 pages which I havent finished)

dizzy77 Wed 18-May-11 20:07:36

Righto. Multi tasking just: completing fish & chips so will get some thoughts down. And prepare for comment!

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 18-May-11 20:08:03

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joaninha Wed 18-May-11 20:12:34

Hi all! Yeah that sounds like a good idea - I guess we all just chip in!

I mean I really liked it, especially the "Schoolboys" chapter because it showed how the "boy crisis" is not as bad as everyone likes to make out, but I have to say I found it a tad idealistic in that JM has a good feminist hubby, a nanny and a fab job - and couldn't relate to all of it.

But it was definitely interesting.

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