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From Jennifer Baumgardner, one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism, comes this provocative, thoughtful, often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on contemporary feminist issues. F 'em! is a mix of old and new essays by Baumgardner, ranging in tone from laugh-out-loud confessional to sobering analysis. She investigates topics as varied as purity balls, sexuality, motherhood, and shared breastfeeding; rape, reproductive rights, and the future of feminism. The essays in F 'em! are rounded out by candid one-on-one interviews with leading feminists who have influenced Baumgardner's perspectives?including Riot Grrrls' Kathleen Hanna, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, transgender activist Julia Serano, and artists like Ani DiFranco, Björk, and Amy Ray. At turns intimate, fierce, philosophical, and funny, they are an intimate window into the minds and hearts of Third Wave pioneers. Holding it all together is Baumgardner's insightful thinking about what it means to be a feminist today, as she answers frequently-asked questions: What does it mean to be a woman today? Do we even need feminism anymore? Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, F 'em! provides a clearer and more complete understanding of feminism?its past, its present, and its future.
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A handbook for anyone involved in, or contemplating, feminist activism relates the author's experiences as a grassroots organizer who has learned how to move beyond philanthropy, writing congresspeople, and volunteering, embracing creative new forms of activism. Original.
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The co-author of Grassroots and Manifesta explores the role, significance, and influence of bisexuality in modern-day women's lives, looking at the growing visibility of gay and bisexual characters, performers, and issues on the national stage; detailing her own experiences as a bisexual; and examining the implications of the phenomenon. Reprint.
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Though our society is supposedly growing more open and accepting of alternative lifestyles, bisexuality continues to be viewed as a phase or a cop-out and marginalized by both gay and straight cultures. Now, in 'Look Both Ways,' Jennifer Baumbardner, acclaimed author and feminist activist, takes a close look at gay and bisexual people on the national cultural stage and the issues their growing visibility raises. Part memoir, part pop-culture study, part feminist theory, this engrossing book offers a study in bisexual lives and is an exploration of the lessons learned and the freedoms gained by those who have refused the either/or paradigm defended by both gay and straight communities.
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In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA, it seemed that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads; 'girl power' feminists were obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW had lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgarnder and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature. In the decade since Manifesta was published, the world has changed in ways both promising and disheartening for the feminist cause. Despite major strides forward, the wage gap remains vast, many feminist publications have died, shame around abortion has lingered, and nineties-style anti-abortion terrorism has reemerged. The original arguments in Manifesta remain urgent, highlighting why it's still critical for today's young women to focus on gender.
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A powerful indictment from within of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to armsFrom Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA--everywhere you look, girl culture is clearly ascendant. Young women live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards show the snags in each feminist hub--from the dissolution of riot grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf--and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder. In an intelligent and incendiary argument, Baumgardner and Richards address issues instead of feelings and the political as well as the personal. They describe the seven deadly sins the media commits against feminism, provide keys to accessible and urgent activism, discuss why the ERA is still a relevant and crucial political goal, and spell out what a world with equality would look like. They apply Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, all the while maintaining that the answer to feminism's problems is still feminism.
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Author Dunbar-Ortiz, now professor emerita of ethnic and women's studies at California State University-East Bay, was once a radical feminist and antiwar activist who advocated violence against the system, even as she wrestled with her attraction to men and her outsider position as a poor Native American in the predominantly white New Left movement. In this accessible and often intimate narrative, she offers an insider's perspective on a young woman's evolving ideologies and romantic relationships during a turbulent era. The book was first published in 2001. This revised edition contains a new afterword in which the author looks at the motivations that drove her choices, explores the impact of her childhood in the making of her radical feminism, and gives background on the ideas and causes leading up to the 1960s movements. A new preface by author gives a brief history of the origins of her other published works, including Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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We Do!

By Madeleine M. Kunin

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"Madeleine Kunin argues that empowering women to succeed at home and at work is both good economics and good social policy. She presents a convincing road map for how we achieve that vision, and calls on all of us to be part of a brighter future."?President Bill Clinton"Madeleine Kunin is one of the nation's foremost leaders. . . . The agenda she advocates is powerful, relevant, and necessary."?Robert B. Reich, former United States Secretary of Labor, author of AftershockRemember when gay marriage was the easiest way to inflame an otherwise mild electorate? This volume demonstrates, through speeches, interviews, and commentary, the encouraging story of American acceptance of gay marriage and the roles that politicians?gay and straight?have played in that history.This movement, like all civil rights movements, began with individuals telling the truth about who they are to a world that doesn't accept them. It ends with an entire generation of young people who reject blatant civil rights discrimination. From Supervisor Harvey Milk articulating in 1978 why gay people in all fields must be out and visible ("For invisible, we remain in limbo?a myth, a person with no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no friends who are straight, no important positions in employment"); to Governor Andrew Cuomo blinking back tears as he discusses his pride in making gay marriage a reality in New York in 2011; to President Obama's unprecedented support; and the courage of many other American politicians?We Do! triumphantly chronicles this recent chapter of our history.Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of three books
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