On The Road To Healing: An Anthology for Men Ending Sexism
by Basil Shadid
In the opening quote of On the Road to Healing: an Anthology for Men Ending Sexism, essayist Starhawk says, “Feminists long for men to heal... We dream of a world full of men who could be passionate lovers, grounded in their own bodies, capable of profound loves and deep sorrows, strong allies of women, sensitive nurturers, fearless defenders of all people's liberation, unbound by stifling convention yet respectful of their own and others' boundaries, serious without being humorless, stable without being dull, disciplined without being rigid, sweet without being spineless, proud without being egotistical, fierce without being violent, wild without being, well, assholes.” What a rally cry to begin the book with! Amazing! What follows is a how-to manual for men looking to use feminism as a guide for healing. In an interview with billie rain, On the Road to Healing editor Basil Shadid says, “I see feminism as a comforting room, filled with resources I need to learn from my past; replace unhealthy skills or attitudes with healthy ones; heal any pain that lingers in me; and celebrate my joys. From this space I can contribute a liberatory perspective that can transform and heal the world around me.” Featured essays, interviews, and articles in this 137-page anthology include Jeff Ott's “Cult of Manhood,” “Just a Few Days Ago I Was Attacked” (anonymous), Shadid's “Standing Up To Say 'No More': Ten Steps Toward A Rape-Free Culture,” Michael Flood's “Everyday Anti-Sexism,” and many more. Published originally as a set of zines, On the Road to Healing is a powerful piece of information, an agent of change, and a day-to-day reminder of how to stay ethical, kind, and progressive in a society that is everything but. This is an important body of work.
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