Touched Out: Motherhood, Misogyny, Consent, and Control

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Beacon Press
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5.51 X 8.58 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Amanda Montei has a PhD in English literature from SUNY at Buffalo and an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts. She is also the author of Two Memoirs (Jaded Ibis). Her essays and criticism have appeared at Slate, Mother Tongue, Vox, HuffPost, Electric Literature, The Believer, The Rumpus, Ms. Magazine blog, American Book Review, and others. She teaches writing and lives in California with her husband and 2 children.
"Trenchant and revelatory...The central achievement of Touched Out -- the one that makes me want to press this book into the hands of every parent and expectant parent I know -- is how artfully Montei connects the dots between her private shame and this collective assault, opening the door for her readers to do the same."
--The Boston Globe

"Montei is leading the charge in a new wave of feminism--a must-read!"
--Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play

"A brilliant and timely meditation that is an absolute must-read for any woman who has ever felt her body is not her own anymore--pawed at, pressed into service, treated possessively, or even impregnated against her will. In America today, this may just include all of us."
--Kate Manne, author of Down Girl and Entitled

"How much of the corporeal work of American mothering originates in us, and how much is a result of a culture that controls female bodies and conditions us to be sacrificial and passive, drained but venerated vessels of maternal love? The question is as monumental as it is unsettling. With both scholarly prowess and intimate storytelling--and with a desirous brain and body--Amanda Montei explores this labyrinthine terrain to move caregivers and children closer to joy, autonomy, and freedom."
--Angela Garbes, author of Essential Labor and Like a Mother

"Few desires or pleasures escape the devastating forces of patriarchy and profit, and Montei deftly and unflinchingly traces the scars left by these forces in her own life and the lives of others. Never betraying love's possibilities in her critique of love's economic and social perils, Montei's meditation on motherhood is a new classic."
--Anne Boyer, author of The Undying

"A searing exploration not just of American motherhood, but of the myriad obstacles all women face on the road to locating agency and embodiment in American culture. In Touched Out, Amanda Montei takes her place among the most rigorous feminist thinkers of our time to unpack sex, rape culture, caretaking, consent, choice feminism, and #MeToo with an exacting critical eye balanced by striking prose and emotional depth. The result is an essential read and one I'll return to for years to come."
--Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls and Aesthetica

"Amanda Montei boldly explains the experiences women have that are so frequently silenced. At turns illuminating and enraging, Touched Out is a crucial read for anyone who cares about mothers and mothering, and for anyone realizing that a culture that loves motherhood isn't the same as one that respects and cares for women."
--Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her