Daddy Issues

by Katherine Angel

An essay on fathers and feminism

Fathers transmit patriarchy, whether they like it or not. Where does this leave us, in these #MeToo times? How should we feel about the fathers whom we may simultaneously love and hate? In this bold, challenging, and nuanced essay, spanning fiction, film, and psychoanalysis, Katherine Angel explores how a daughter’s relationship to a father might be generative as well as destructive, and argues that in this crucial moment, we must keep the father on the hook.

Praise for Daddy Issues

“A timely, necessary work from one of our most vital thinkers. Moving with ease across psychoanalysis, popular culture and literary criticism, weaponising the thought of Woolf, Winnicott and Solanas, Daddy Issues flips the familial script and takes aim at all our Daddies: domestic, cultural, patriarchal, even presidential. The result is a wincingly perceptive, deeply engaged book, one that takes us into the dark heart of a cultural fixation, then shows us, with deep care and empathy, the way back out.”—Sam Byers, author of Perfidious Albion

“This is a brave and brilliant book by one of the most insightful and articulate writers at work today. Katherine Angel is unafraid to look head on at the forgotten figure in feminism’s critique of patriarchy: the father. All of us, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, are enriched by confronting these libidinal energies, these daddy issues at the centre of all of our lives.”—Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse

“A brilliant investigation into the father figure in culture that is also a powerful intervention in the #MeToo debate. Through it all, I think, sounds a call to be present for each other, attentive and open, willing to work for each other’s full personhood.”—Adam Foulds, author of The Quickening Maze

Est. release: 10 June 2019


About the Author

Katherine Angel is the author of Unmastered, A Book on Desire Most Difficult to Tell (Penguin, FSG). Katherine has a PhD in the history of sexuality and psychiatry from the University of Cambridge, and teaches creative and critical writing at Birkbeck, University of London