Books for Rebels with a Cause
The written word has moved mountains since the beginning of time. It has given shape to the voices of the voiceless. Rebellion Press is a place to re-launch the honest and diverse voices of struggle, hope and salvation within a progressive long-view global community engagement, free from bottom-line pressures and censorship.
When you have something to say, and nowhere to say it, rebel!
Rebellion Press is a simple start-up whose aim is to ensure authentic voices with global engagement on socially aware and challenging topics get aired, printed and heard. The first five year time-line is to publish two books a year, and more as the budgets allows. It's a small indie press with a big heart, with the aim of conversation and engagement, producing books for Rebels with a Cause!
Rebel Moms: The Off-Road Map for the Off-Road Mom
Rebel Moms Full Page Review in the UKs Literary Magazine 'Tongue' Issue Celebration. REBEL MOMS Page 51. http://tonguemag.co.uk/Download
Rebel Moms is a reactionary series of mini-biographies about subculture mothers; it stands up against the misogynistic views held about the role of mothers in society and introduces those women that you will never see in the fairy liquid adverts. The American writer, Davina Rhine, celebrates those women that have not fallen to the social pressures that force many mothers to lose their identities, and who have instead fought to create a more promising future for their children.
This book presents women who, despite some terrible and unspeakable beginnings, are warriors against gender inequality, the sex trade, racism, and war. As I’m not a mother these women have become, inspirational and reassuring, mentors for when I’m ready to take that terrifying leap into motherhood. They are a reminder of how single mothers are able to look after their children and not drag up future convicts, and how having lots of tattoos doesn’t make you a bad mother who encourages dissention in your children. Instead these ‘Moms’ promote individuality, strength of will, and nurturing the next generation.
Rebel Moms is not just parenting book it’s a commentary on the multiple pressures on parents today that are detrimental to the upbringing of a child. It also considers how children are born into these conditions and therefore are forced to grow up too soon by becoming sexualised in order to function in a consumerist society. It is a testament to the importance of having self-esteem throughout your life, including within relationships, by being strong enough to end a relationship that is damaging to you and your child’s wellbeing.
The effect that the series of biographies had was to present the testimony of women which created a sense of unity that would have been impossible without it. I think it’s very important for young mothers that are marginalised by the Martha Stewart expectations of the Post-Cold War housewife to know they’re not alone and are to be celebrated. Women that have their stories written on their skin, hair that changes with their moods, fighting for their country in army gear, and fighting for the future on the picket line with babies on their backs. They might not know how to put together the perfect dinner party but Rhine’s rebels are inspirational in a way that truly matters.
She writes difficult topics without sentimentalising, without portraying them as a victim, but at the same time with sensitivity and appropriately applied humour. As a result Rhine’s work has an experienced tone that reminds the reader of the importance of growing from negative experiences rather than letting them pull you down and enveloping you. For this reason I recommend Rebel Moms to everyone, men and women, Rhine has created a topical and engaging book that will relate to anyone who has struggled or had to fight to get ahead. I think it is reasonable to say that these days that’s most people. It’s not a self-help book, but a series of testimonials that aren’t forcing an ideal, but are simply cries of hope.
Rebel Moms Review written by Alyson Palmer for Bust Magazine:
"Becoming a mother is the biggest gift and the biggest challenge on Earth. Nothing can prepare a woman for the shocking, radical change in her circumstances when her life becomes no longer hers alone. For women out of the mainstream, that shift can be even more profound. Davina Rhine has assembled a collection of biographies of subculture sirens to help others find their way to Mamaville. There are stories about rocker moms trying to balance touring and tots, artist moms discovering new forms of expression, sex workers finding ways to educate and empower their daughters, and other nontraditional mothers overcoming unexpected obstacles. Straight or gay, happily married, divorced, single, or co-parenting, all of these hip mamas are fiercely devoted to consciously mothering on their own terms. Through their tales of tragedy and triumph, tips and trials, the same theme dominates the collection, a truism as old as motherhood: it takes a village to raise a child. The more tattooed and pierced, unapologetic and nonconforming the villagers, the more important the sisterhood."
Rebel Moms Review written by Keiza Willingham of Hip Mama: The Parenting Zine; issue 52 The Support Issue:
Rebel Moms by Davina Rhine is a hefty tome that includes interviews with fifty courageous mothers who are living life on their own terms. The book is jam packed with tributes to moms who defy the norm: many are tattooed, artists, and self-employed doing work they love. You will find stories of veterans, abuse survivors, writers, musicians, activists, and tattoo artists. These women are not afraid to live life to the fullest and who know that attaining their goals doesn't happen overnight.
Ariel Gore, author and founder of Hip Mama, discusses parenting teens and her fabulous first book deal. Mother Nature, musician, states "The one thing that this society hates most, especially from a woman and mother, is unapologetic honesty," as she discusses art as empowerment. Taj Anwar, PhD., talks about Mothers of Black/Brown Babies (MOBB), the street activist group that she started to lend support to women of color.
I read the E-book version and found myself wanting a hard copy to keep by my bedside. I enjoyed hearing about the struggles and successes of so many women who are actively exploring how to balance their creative needs with the unyielding demands of parenting. If you are looking for a road map, inspiration, or validation, this is the book to turn to!
Rebel Moms Review written by Leah Drichel the Bloomington Roller Derby Examiner:
In the current political climate, with the Occupy Movement, and people across the globe beginning to take a stand for what they believe in, Davina Rhine has produced a timely and poignant piece of work that communicates to mothers that it's perfectly OK (beautiful, even!) to be who you are and to believe what you believe and to model this for your children. In the average day, a Mom can fight a soul-wearying battle with Judgment and Guilt, but Ms. Rhine's work frees a mother from this burden, by showcasing real-life moms that are "off the beaten path. Truly refreshing. Truly encouraging.
Rebel Moms Review written by Andrea Melendez:
Rebel Moms is a thoroughly comprehensive view of very real kick-ass mothers; holding nothing back as it traces how our pasts have shaped our presents and how these incredible women are shaping the futures of us all. It is real and raw and beautiful; where the words echo from coast to coast, profession to occupation, skin tone to skin tone… re-writing history and peeling back the façade of ages.
Rebel Moms Review written by Jesse Wilson:
As a father, I've seen firsthand the strength and resilience that mothers, especially in the "sub" or "counter" cultures, display daily in a world that marginalizes and discards them. Even within our own "scene," these fierce matriarchs are rarely given the respect they deserve. Then, like a Valkyrian warcry, this tome of maternal insight blazed into existence; a phoenix rising from the ashes of society's most under-defended victim, the counter-culture mother. It's so awesome to read struggles and triumphs that mirror those of the great women and realist mothers I've seen within my own peer group. Their voices have been buried too long beneath the mass of soccer moms and parents who are barely alive themselves so impart nothing more on their children than a desire to conform, be productive and spawn more gibbering clones. The ladies the author has gathered have real stories to tell. Thoughtful stories. Independence inspiring stories. They teach their children to be individuals and remain individuals themselves. In a world where parenting books normally tell you how to define your life by your children, this eye opening wonder reveals how these women kept their individuality and used it to teach their children to define their own lives. Simply perfect. And, long, long overdue.
Rebel Moms Review written by Momma Blaire:
After setting a plan to read one story here and there and not all of the Moms stories in one sitting- I failed! These real-life stories of all these RAD moms and their trials and tribulations with life just make you want more and more and more. Coming from my own struggle with being a single mom-to see I am not alone in this quest- gives me motivation to carry on. I love it! What a brilliant and awesome book!
Meet the Rebel Moms here and now!
Meet the Rebel Moms
Modern motherhood has changed; it isn’t just frilly aprons, mini-vans, and soccer practice anymore. You are a modern mom—a rebel mom—ready to raise your kids while running a successful business, starting a band, or finding your voice, while doing the things you love and fighting for what's right. Even so, the path to epic mom rebellion is not always easy.
Meet the women who have seen, conquered, and survived—making a difference, doing things their own way and on their own terms. They are activists, teachers, veterans, firefighters, pin-ups, fast food workers, tattoo artists, and more. A rebel mom has no set definition beyond her tendency to elude definition. These women, from varying places and backgrounds, have seen it all: divorce, abuse, depression, and disability. They have succeeded and raised children with tough grins on their faces.
Are you a new or expecting mother? Are you a mother who's fed up with the super-mom/super-woman myth? Or are you a pro who’s been there and done that, but would still love to learn from other rebel moms? It’s never too late to learn a new trick, and motherhood is never the same for anyone. Cultures change, as do child-rearing practices, but certain aspects of being a mom are universal and timeless—love, support, and strength. The rebel moms have mastered the art of motherhood, and you can embrace the revolution.
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