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Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Excellent, excellent "starter kit" to feminism!

I have only rave reviews for Jessica Valenti, and for this book in particular. I have read others by her and like them all, but what is especially great about "Full Frontal" is that she takes formative examples from her other books (such as laws that protect pharmacists...
I have only rave reviews for Jessica Valenti, and for this book in particular. I have read others by her and like them all, but what is especially great about "Full Frontal" is that she takes formative examples from her other books (such as laws that protect pharmacists if they refuse to dispense birth control because they feel it's morally wrong, or a thorough analysis of the pervasive and invasive "Girls Gone Wild" phenomenon) and puts them into a context that rings true with young people. I say people because Valenti is quick to point out that feminism isn't, nor has ever been, an exclusively female issue. Sexism also affects men, in a hugely negative way! In fact, Valenti is quick to debunk the stereotypical myth that ALL feminists are man-hating, bra-burning (to use her word) "dykes." From flailing reproductive rights, to lies incorporated into public school sex-ed curriculum to guilt young women into chastity, to the disturbing prominence of father-daughter purity balls, to the history and present of the feminist movement, Valenti provides an accurate, unapologetic, appropriately impassioned, and hilarious overview of the importance of feminism today. What is even more impressive is that she also dedicates an entire chapter to empowering her readers with small things that can be done every day to push the feminist agenda forward. Indeed, as she persuades her readers, feminism is alive and well, but must always be fought for. What a revolutionary idea for someone like me, a young woman brought up to think it is so uncool to be a feminist! I recommend this book to anyone who is new (or needs a refresher course) to the basics and necessity of modern feminism.

posted by lucky_number_slevin on August 1, 2009

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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I did not have high hopes for this book, as feministing.com is usually no more than a link or two to a newspaper article and some sort of catchphrase, but Full Frontal Feminism still managed to disappoint me. It deals only vaguely with feminist issues and gives ...
I did not have high hopes for this book, as feministing.com is usually no more than a link or two to a newspaper article and some sort of catchphrase, but Full Frontal Feminism still managed to disappoint me. It deals only vaguely with feminist issues and gives a brief summary of them but no real analysis or solutions, is full of obscenities, personal attacks of people who somehow wronged Valenti in grade school, and makes out like feminism is all about guilt-free sex, with scarcely anything about equality or safety of women. Valenti gives barely even a nod to issues faced by poor women, women of color, lesbians and transwomen. She also goes on and on about 'We young women,' but last I checked, she was 28. How much does a 28-year-old, upper middle class woman with a master's degree (she brags about that, too) really understand about the struggle young women are facing, especially poor women and women of color? Well, if this book is any indication, next to nothing. It's condescending and pointless. Oh, and the cover! For a book that's supposed to be about feminism, why is there a disembodied, naked, female torso on the front? Objectifying women is objectifying women, whether you claim to be a feminist or not. If you're looking for a book that will help you make excuses to have sex and teach you new swear words, this is it. If you're a young woman looking for a good introduction to feminism, put this down and get something worth reading instead.

posted by Anonymous on May 14, 2007

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