A feminist author is raising eyebrows over a handwritten note she reportedly left on a page of her book, "Fight Like a Girl," during a signing.
“Have you killed any men today?” Clementine Ford, an Australian author, reportedly wrote inside her hardcover book. “And if not, why not?”
@clementine_ford I've always respected your views regardless of whether or not I agree with them, but this is a bit… https://t.co/Z6dq3MAJyD— Kris (@Kris)1498617557.0
The Guardian said "Fight Like a Girl" looks at "Ford’s growth from a girl with an eating disorder who wanted to be liked by the boys ('Being complicit in your own silence,' she writes), to a woman finding her voice, feminism and a sisterhood of 'girl gangs.'"
Ford seemed to hint that her note was written in a friend's copy of "Fight Like a Girl."
Just before the controversy hit, Ford said Sunday she signed a contract to write another book, "Boys Will Be Boys," due in 2018. She said it will "examine toxic masculinity and the bonds of brotherhood that are used to codify male power, access and protection (or ‘brotection,’ as some people call it)," that she'll pen it with “uncompromising fury and compassion" and that it will be "a love letter to my son.”
Clementine Ford under fire for her shocking note to fan "have you killed a man today? If not, why not?" https://t.co/UftsEsRVU3— Elizabeth Hobson ⚖️ Justice for Men & Boys (@Elizabeth Hobson ⚖️ Justice for Men & Boys)1498645454.0
After Ford's broke the news about her upcoming book, a Change.org petition was launched asking the publisher to drop "Boys Will Be Boys," saying "the fact that she is teaching her son that masculinity is toxic and men are evil could even be considered child abuse."
There were 845 signatures on the petition as of Wednesday afternoon.
(H/T: Heat Street)