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F Word: Feminism in Jeopardy, Women Politics, and the Future

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Many young women today consider "feminism" a dirty word, an antiquated term that hasn’t expanded to accommodate the diverse needs of a new generation. In addition, decades of negative campaigns, excessively "messaged" issues, and hanging chads have all combined to make political apathy appear not only smart, but sexy. The result is that while they still bemoan the state of gender politics, gender equity, and the agendas of their local, state, and national politicians, nearly 19 million young women chose not to ...
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Many young women today consider "feminism" a dirty word, an antiquated term that hasn’t expanded to accommodate the diverse needs of a new generation. In addition, decades of negative campaigns, excessively "messaged" issues, and hanging chads have all combined to make political apathy appear not only smart, but sexy. The result is that while they still bemoan the state of gender politics, gender equity, and the agendas of their local, state, and national politicians, nearly 19 million young women chose not to vote in the last presidential election.
Yes, the face of feminism is changing, but to what end? Is a new generation taking for granted the rights hard-won only a generation before? And by focusing on cultural–not electoral–politics, are young women giving their power away? In this pivotal book, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, political and environmental consultant (and wife of Washington State’s Republican senate majority leader), asks these critical questions, tracing feminism’s distinguished past and asking what can be done to protect and further women’s rights and freedoms.
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Almost two-thirds of women 18 to 24 failed to vote in the 2000 election. Rowe-Finkbeiner, a freelance journalist and political consultant in environmental policy, seeks both to explain why and to persuade them that they need to become politically active. What she discovers, through surveys and interviews, is that young women dislike labels, especially feminist, and that they prefer to call themselves independent rather than to identify with a political party. They do generally approve of gains made by the women's movement, but they believe that individual "cultural" decisions-particularly sexual and appearance choices-serve as political activity. Rowe-Finkbeiner hopes to inspire young women to vote by demonstrating that sex discrimination endures and that they must engage in politics to protect themselves and to eradicate remaining discrimination. She includes a list of resource organizations, tips for running for office, and ideas for making politics fun, as well as much useful data (although the text is occasionally repetitive). But one wonders if the young working women the author hopes to reach will pick up this rather lengthy book. Recommended for large public libraries.-Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051149
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Live Girls
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 534,641
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction : the F-word 1
2 A tsunami in history 19
3 A new cultural landscape 35
4 Tracing the divide : campus women, social issues, and volunteerism 55
5 Signs of the times : defining the third wave 85
6 Are we postfeminist? : education, work, and a nation in flux 107
7 The changing shape of relationships 129
8 Between a rock and a hard place : the current state of motherhood 147
9 Legislating Venus 185
10 Making a difference : women in political power 213
11 Democracy is not a spectator sport 233
App. A How to run and win 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Excellent! Feminism is NOT dead

    A fabulous read for twentysomethings and college students. This book emphasizes the importance of electoral politics as a vehicle for improving the lives of women. A relevant, fast-paced, interesting overview of contemporary 'feminist' issues that affect young women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Great Book!

    The F Word is a fierce book and great to read. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about feminism and the issues. Row-Finkbeiner does a great job explaining feminism. She also has great resources throughout the book for political action.

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