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Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine Rad Dad.  Looking for radical parenting community, he created Rad Dad to provide the space for parents (particularly fathers) to share, commiserate and plan with each other, and to support each other in challenging patriarchy one diaper at a time. As China Martens has said, “Tomas has been the most vocal voice within zines, trying to start and keep a discussion within this aspect of radical politics and parenthood.”  His writing has been included in many zines about parenting as well as in the books My Mother Wears Combat Boots and Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind.

He’s been making zines since the late '90s, and his most current project is the serialized zine novella, Without Words & Without Kneeling, which began in September 2010 and will continue a chapter a month for twelve months. As Jami Sailor, longtime zinemaker, explained, “I enjoyed Without Words & Without Kneeling and am impressed with Moniz’s concept.  I really love seeing zinemakers expand on the current concepts and definitions of what constitutes a zine.”
 
He is helping to raise three children and lives with a menagerie of animals in Berkeley, California.

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Rad Dad

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Editors: Jeremy Adam Smith and Tomas Moniz
Publisher: PM Press/Microcosm Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60486-481-6
Published: September 2011
Format: Paperback
Size: 8 by 5
Page count: 200 Pages
Subjects: Parenting, Politics, Sociology
$15.00

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood combines the best pieces from the award-winning zine Rad Dad and from the blog Daddy Dialectic, two kindred publications that have tried to explore parenting as political territory. Both of these projects have pushed the conversation around fathering beyond the safe, apolitical focus most books and websites stick to; they have not been complacent but have worked hard to create a diverse, multi-faceted space in which to grapple with the complexity of fathering.

Today more than ever, fatherhood demands constant improvisation, risk, and struggle. With grace and honesty and strength, Rad Dad’s writers tackle all the issues that other parenting guides are afraid to touch: the brutalities, beauties, and politics of the birth experience, the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers, the tests faced by transgendered and gay fathers, the emotions of sperm donation, and parental confrontations with war, violence, racism, and incarceration. Rad Dad is for every father out in the real world trying to parent in ways that are loving, meaningful, authentic, and ultimately revolutionary.

Contributors Include:

Steve Almond, Jack Amoureux, Mike Araujo, Mark Andersen, Jeff Chang, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeff Conant, Jason Denzin, Cory Doctorow, Sky Cosby, Craig Elliott, Chip Gagnon, Keith Hennessy, David L. Hoyt, Simon Knapus, Ian MacKaye, Tomas Moniz, Zappa Montag, Raj Patel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Sperber, Burke Stansbury, Shawn Taylor, Tata, Jeff West, and Mark Whiteley.

Praise:

"Rad Dad is a rattlebag of the rough-hewn and the polished, the insightful and the infuriating, the comic and the sublime. But it’s always passionate, critical and, in moments, heart-stopping. In short: Rad Dad is fab." —Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing

"Rad Dad is a book about all the shapes and sizes that dads come in, united by the simple narrative thread of man and his children. Read the book and love your kids.  It's that simple."  —Tom Matlack, co-founder of The Good Men Project

Rad Dad gives voice to egalitarian parenting and caregiving by men in a truly radical fashion, with its contributors challenging traditional norms of what it means to be a father and subverting paradigms, while making you laugh in the process. With its thoughtful and engaging stories on topics like birth, stepfathering, gender, politics, pop culture, and the challenges of kids growing older, this collection of essays and interviews is a compelling addition to books on fatherhood.”  —Jennifer Silverman, co-editor, My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities

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rad dadRad Dad: A Review
by Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report
January 2013

For instance, editor Moniz, a self-described "feminist father, a rad dad, a militant antiracist," says that while you may "lose the battle" in raising your children to be loving and accepting of all people, you end up "winning the war" by living out your values in their presence and not changing who you are. After all, Moniz notes that kids spend only a fraction of time under the influence of their parents, compared to the influence they experience from media and society.

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rad dadRad Dad: A Review
By Kurt Morris
Razorcake
Monday, January 23 2012

I am not a dad and have no intention of ever becoming one, so, in one sense, I am probably not the target audience of this book, nor am I perhaps the best person to review it. That being said, I still enjoyed Rad Dad. Edited by the author of the zine, Rad Dad, and the blogger of “Daddy Dialectic,” these pieces (whose contributors include a wide array of men) delve into the idea of how to raise your child with a counter-cultural viewpoint. In other words, if you’re an activist or punk rocker or some kind of “outsider,” how do you make your child aware of those ideas in a society that can seem very sexist, racist, and/or homophobic? How does the father pass on those attributes that made them into who they are, as well as made them aware of their own hegemony, as men? I find this topic interesting, especially as I get older and see more punk rockers having children.

rad dadRad Dad: A Review
By Steve Hart
RazorCake Magazine
January 23rd, 2012

The coolest aspect of reading Rad Dad is knowing that I’m not the only one who wants to raise children in a safe environment and continue to retain our “radness.” Rad Dad is a collection of accounts from a variety of fathers from all spectrums of life. Every chapter is a good read, even if I couldn’t relate exactly to every situation. Most importantly, Rad Dad is written by a group of fathers who also don’t want to be assholes.

 

rad dadRad Dad: A Review
By Tom Ricker
Left Turn Magazine
November 4th, 2011

So, I would encourage anyone to read this, dad or not. But for the dads there is real value here, a richness of explorations about the challenges of fatherhood that is unique in my experience. Jeremy Adam Smith writes in one of his essays, ending a passage about how his commitment to feminist ideals was challenged by becoming a parent:

There are alternatives; you don’t have to be the man your father was; you don’t have to be the idiots we see on TV; you can be a new kind of man, and you can help your sons become that kind of man.

 

rad dadRad Dad: A Review
by Kathy Ward
Juneau Empire
December 15th, 2011

A "best of" collection of essays from the 'zine Rad Dad and the blog Daddy Dialectic in which Moniz and Smith write about how being fathers has changed their lives in the whole - the politics of being a dad, whether it's being the only guy on the playground, marveling at the effortless way kids pick up on benefits and detriments of various skin tones, trying to avoid the pink and blue divide, or working on the balancing of "dad" and "mom" responsibilities and options. There are plenty of books out there from women examining their experiences being a parent - here's one by the men. Thoughtful, passionate, and intelligent, these essays will make readers consider their own thoughts about parenthood and what it means in our society today.

 

rad dadRad Dad: A Review
by Rachel Fudge
Bitch Magazine
December 2011

Rad Dad’s contributors are a politically engaged, profeminist, anticonsumerist bunch, but the truth is, even if they weren’t, this would still be a pretty radical book. Even in 2011, nearly 20 years after the debut of the like-minded Hip Mama zine, for men to talk seriously and introspectively about parenting is a pretty revolutionary act.

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