Rachel Giese is the editor-at-large at Chatelaine, Canada’s pre-eminent women’s magazine, and a regular contributor to CBC Radio. She was the deputy editor of The Grid, an internationally recognized newsweekly, and past senior editor of The Walrus. Her award-winning writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, The Hairpin, Real Life and NewYorker.com.
In her book Boys: What It Means to Become a Man, Rachel examines how toxic rules and expectations surrounding masculinity and manhood can hinder boys’ emotional and social development. The book draws on extensive research and interviews with educators, activists, parents, psychologists, sociologists, and young men, to examine the myths of masculinity and the challenges facing boys today. Giese argues convincingly that the move towards gender equality and away from the rigid stereotypes of men as always tough, heterosexual, and aloof – provides the opportunity for boys to fully explore and develop stronger social and emotional skills, and become more well-rounded and successful human beings. “As long as it’s not OK for a boy to be like a girl, we’re saying a girl is not a good thing to be”.
She lives in Toronto with her wife and son.