Books For Moms Who Want to Raise Feminist Sons: Critical Linking, April 20, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Day Drinking by Kat Odell.


I started talking about feminist issues with our sons when they were tots, and I basically haven’t stopped. We talk about how women are depicted in commercials and TV shows, how female politicians are sometimes characterized, and how women are often viewed or labeled in terms of their relationship to a man.

We also turn to books, which can do two things in any mom’s quest to raise feminist sons: help you educate yourself on the challenges and issues around feminism, and present your sons with stories of strong and forthright women and girls.

A reading list for moms who want to raise feminist sons–bookmarking it!


OneNewsNow, which is a wing of the Christian American Family News Network, decried the book as an attempt to “sell children a new brand of the failed economic and social system of government.” In a lengthy review, Breitbart News said, snarkily, that a book about communism should not be sold, but “distributed free” by its publisher. National Review described the book’s artwork as “propagandistic” and “creepy.” On Twitter, some detractors went so far as to call for the book to be “burned and banned.”

Communism for Kids is getting a little backlash!


In 2015, our team published a pilot study on a 1,000-year old recipe called Bald’s eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook,’ an Old English medical text. The eyesalve was to be used against a ‘wen,’ which may be translated as a sty, or an infection of the eyelash follicle.

A common cause of modern styes is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA) is resistant to many current antibiotics. Staph and MRSA infections are responsible for a variety of severe and chronic infections, including wound infections, sepsis and pneumonia.

Scientists are using medieval medical books to find ways to fight superbugs.

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