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Blue Jean: What Young Women Are Thinking, Saying, and Doing

Blue Jean: What Young Women Are Thinking, Saying, and Doing

by Sherry S. Handel

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Publishers Weekly
"I am woman, hear me roar... or purr... or say nothing at all, if I so choose" is this collection's theme. Handel is the force behind Blue Jean Media, a company that produces blue jean magazine, a periodical for women aged 14 to 22. Dissatisfied with the selection of teen magazines filled with fluffy articles about getting the ideal boyfriend and buying the right prom dress, Handel sought to fill a void by providing a magazine written and edited by young women from around the world. The result was a magazine whose purpose is to empower girls and young women to define themselves through their own medium. The book is a compilation of articles already published in blue jean, including such topics as feminism, body image, volunteering/activism and ethnicity/race. The authors handle these heated topics with ease, displaying a surprising maturity. Twenty-one-year-old Dina Rabadi extols the virtue of single-sex education, treating both sides of the issue, beginning with her own initial reluctance to attend Smith College. Sixteen-year-old Erica Bryant separates herself from feminists by embracing the term "womanist," noting that black women have often been called upon to attack one issue at a time (either race or gender). According to Bryant, womanist philosophy states that racism, sexism and classism can be attacked all at once. Socially active women of all ages will find inspiration in this collection; as it reminds older readers of what it was like to be youthfully optimistic, it empowers younger readers to define their own images and issues for themselves. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
With a dream in her head and not much money to achieve it, this author sought to give young women the forum to express themselves with blue jean magazine and its companion, blue jean online (http:\\www.bluejeanonline.com). Despite a financial setback, Handel managed to cull aspiring young writers, editors, artists, photographers, and poets from her Rochester, New York, community to relaunch her ambitious endeavor. This book is a collection of some of the many inspiring and well-written pieces that were published in the defunct magazine. After a long-winded introduction, Handel offers eight chapters of essays and interviews on subjects including Volunteering and Activism, Speaking Out, Feminism, Mind and Body, Ethnicity and Race, and How to Publish Your Own 'Zine. The writing is elegant, clear, and honest. In one essay, a writer reflects on her single-sex education: "The underlying attitude seems to be that college life cannot exist without having boys around... why would you choose to attend a women's college?" Part of the book's appeal is its interactive, participatory format. Addresses and phone numbers of organizations follow certain articles, and the afterword lists submission guidelines for interested writers who wish to contribute to either blue jean magazine, scheduled to resume publication this year, or blue jean online. If promoted enthusiastically, teenage girls who value community service, self-improvement, and accepting oneself over makeup, boyfriends, and weekend parties will read this book. Illus. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined asgrades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Blue Jean Press, 246p,
— Beth Gilbert
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-This collection of essays was originally published in the now-defunct blue jean magazine, the brainchild of Handel. The writings range in topic from volunteering and activism to fiction to mind and body issues to ethnicity and race. One chapter discusses creating one's own zine or film. Each essay is well thought out and well written. Of particular note is Victoria Nam's "Why We Love and Fear the F-Word" (feminism) and Lisa Haber-Thompson's "Attention Deficit Disorder." The young women's articulate use of language is particularly striking. These teens have tackled subjects that could have easily fallen into the realm of academic debate. Instead, they "talk" to their readers in obliging tones and offer opinions rather than gospel-a tone many readers will find refreshing. A great guide for those interested in women's issues.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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