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Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century
     

Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century

by Rory Dicker, Alison Piepmeier, Katha Pollitt, Jennifer Baumgardner
 

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ISBN-10: 1555535712

ISBN-13: 9781555535711

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Young women today have benefited from the strides made by grassroots social activists in the 1960s and 1970s, yet they are hesitant to identify themselves as feminists and seem apathetic about carrying the torch of older generations to redress persistent sexism and gender-based barriers. Contesting the notion that we are in a post-feminist age, this provocative

Overview

Young women today have benefited from the strides made by grassroots social activists in the 1960s and 1970s, yet they are hesitant to identify themselves as feminists and seem apathetic about carrying the torch of older generations to redress persistent sexism and gender-based barriers. Contesting the notion that we are in a post-feminist age, this provocative collection of original essays identifies a third wave of feminism. The contributors argue that the next generation needs to develop a politicized, collective feminism that both builds on the strategies of second wave feminists and is grounded in the material realities and culture of the twenty-first century.Organized in five sections that mirror the stages of consciousness-raising, this is an engaging, often edgy, look at a broad range of perspectives on the diversity, complexity, multiplicity, and playfulness of the third wave. It is also a call to action for new voices to redefine a feminism that is not only personally aware but also politically involved.

Author Biography: Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for ‘The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including ‘Ms,' ‘Harper's,' and ‘Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of ‘Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555535711
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Needing Feminism
The "Big Lie": False Feminist Death Syndrome, Profit, and the Media31
In a Word, Baywatch57
Reviving Lolita; or, Because Junior High Is Still Hell81
2Coming to Feminism
"That's Not Fair!" Nurturing Girls' Natural Feminism101
Voices and Visions: A Mother and Daughter Discuss Coming to Feminism and Being Feminist116
Please--Stop Thinking about Tomorrow: Building a Feminist Movement on College Campuses for Today138
3Recognizing Feminism
Who's the Next Gloria? The Quest for the Third Wave Superleader159
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Next Generation of Television171
Third World, Third Wave Feminism(s): The Evolution of Arab American Feminism188
4Redefining Feminism
Feminism's Family Problem: Feminist Generations and the Mother-Daughter Trope209
Do the Ladies Run This ...? Some Thoughts on Hip-Hop Feminism232
The Transfeminist Manifesto244
5Doing Feminism
Hearing the Daughter Voice: The Bat Kol as Rrrabbi Grrrl263
Rocking the Gender Order279
Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Way294
Afterword309
Bibliography321
Contributors327
Index333

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