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“This timely volume, which should generate much controversy, is a call for much-needed change and may unite a new generation of moms.” –Publishers Weekly
“Timely…[Valenti] states early on that her book is meant to anger people and incite discussions…She wades deeply into the moral and logistical problems facing mothers, with interviews, research and her own anecdotal experiences.” –Kirkus Reviews
“For mothers like Valenti, who felt guilty admitting impatience at the drudgery and boredom that constitutes much of parenting, this book may be a revelation. And a comfort.” – People Magazine
“A brave and bracing critique of our unrealistic parenting ideals.” – Elle
“There’s a lot of really profound, great questions in this book. As a new father myself, they cut pretty deep.”- Chris Hayes, host of Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and the author of Twilight of the Elites.
“In a culture that glamorizes motherhood, Jessica Valenti daringly articulates the hard work and the personal decisions that are an essential part of parenting. This book is a must-read for new parents.” –Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
“Jessica Valenti is a breath of fresh air. She offers the kind of raw honesty that can feel like a punch in the gut, but leaves you with the warmth of a deep embrace.” – Ms. Magazine
“Jessica has been hailed as one of the most influential female voices of the last decade, so it’s not surprising that after she had her first child, she had plenty to say about the culture of modern motherhood.” –Meagan Francis, Babble.com
“When it comes to unpacking what it means to be female in America right now, Jessica’s one of the smartest minds out there.” –Jesse Ellison, The Daily Beast
“In Why Have Kids?, feminist author Jessica Valenti poses a question that few people actually wrestle with before taking the plunge into parenthood.” – Lori Leibovich,Huffington Post
One of “20 New Releases Check Out” in The Atlantic’s Fall Books Preview
A “Fall 2012 Must Read” –Huffington Post
“Why Have Kids? should be required reading in sex education classes.” – Kathy Megyeri, USA Today Letter to the Editor
Jessica Valenti was called “a gutsy young third wave feminist” by The New York Times. She was included in The Guardian’s Top 100 Inspiring Women list and has appeared on Anderson Cooper, The Colbert Report, The TODAY Show and in The New York Times Magazine. She is a frequent lecturer at universities. She founded feministing.com and has written three books including Full Frontal Feminism.
This book also made me feel reassured that what I want to do will probably be the best thing.
I will admit that she did have me guessing my motives for wanting to stay at home, but I don't really like my job all that much or any job for that matter.
The whole book seems rushed and tentative, and reads like an overly long blog post rather than a finished opus.
Lots of extreme examples and obvious statements. I had impression that the author felt guilty for not being able to breast feed that she had to come up with some terrible stories... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yvonne
I'm a dude, but interested in the topic. The book constantly assumes you're a woman which just put me off to finishing itPublished 1 month ago by newnewyorker
She bathes in male tears (google it).
She has a son.
Obviously an excellent source of advice on parenthood then....
For those looking for an answer to the titular question: it never comes.
But the author would be doing us a disservice if she answered the question for us. Read more
I took a graduate level Motherhood & Feminism class, and then read this book. Perhaps I was bored because of the previous exposure to the subject matter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alphabetics
I found Jessica Valenti's honesty about motherhood refreshing and compelling. It was great to hear that a person, woman, writer, wife, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was intrigued with this book because I have read Jessica Valenti’s books “The Purity Myth,” “Full Frontal Feminism,” and “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut,” and every so often I look up... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Warden
I was expecting more from this book. A very quick read and I certainly learned some thing from this book but there wasn't much depth.Published 7 months ago by J. Petersen
I always enjoy hearing Jessica Valenti think, and have been eager to educate myself on gender stereotyping and its effects on society. Good short read!Published 7 months ago by L. Means