Fire With Fire

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Most women embrace equality, but reject "feminism." In clear and brilliant prose, the author of the best-selling The Beauty Myth shows how this rift came about, and how to close it. A practical and inspiring road map for personal and political equality in our time.

With all the insight and passion she brought to her controversial bestseller The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf proposes a bold, revitalized brand of feminimism--one that ...

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Overview

Most women embrace equality, but reject "feminism." In clear and brilliant prose, the author of the best-selling The Beauty Myth shows how this rift came about, and how to close it. A practical and inspiring road map for personal and political equality in our time.

With all the insight and passion she brought to her controversial bestseller The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf proposes a bold, revitalized brand of feminimism--one that exhorts women to move from "victim feminism" to "power feminism." A New York Times Notable Book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feminist author of the bestselling The Beauty Myth , Wolf has written an empowering, impassioned manifesto that points the way toward a flexible feminism for the 1990s and beyond. Part political analysis, part psychological manual, part activist handbook, the book argues that women should renounce ``victim feminism,'' which casts them as sexually pure, fragile, beleaguered creatures whose problems are all the fault of men. As an alternative, Wolf outlines an anti-dogmatic ``power feminism'' which sees women as no better and no worse than men, celebrates female sexuality and encourages women to claim their individual voices through a variety of tactics. These include ``resource groups'' for sharing contacts and increasing access to information and services; consumer campaigns; and pressure on the media to alter their portrayals of women. Wolf theorizes that little girls, as much as boys, have fantasies of absolute dominion but learn to repress their ``will to power'' at a very early age. Wolf here sketches a psychological road map designed to help women deal with their ambivalence about success, power, equality and money. Author tour. Nov.
Library Journal
Naomi Wolf presents a powerful look at the changes in the feminist movement and the continuing search for equality. She discusses changes brought about by Anita Hill's testimony against Clarence Thomas; President Clinton's campaign and selection of cabinet members; and the shift in power in the workplace. Wolf reads smoothly and clearly, presenting her arguments and evidence passionately and persuasively. The listener will be charged with new energy to look at life and one's place in society. Just as her earlier book, The Beauty Myth Morrow, 1991, had a powerful impact on its readers, so Fire with Fire will encourage listeners to consider the new ``feminist'' movement. Suitable for all collections.-- Miriam Kahn, Columbus, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449909515
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/20/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Decline of the Masculine Empire, Anita Hill, and the Genderquake
1 Fault Line 3
2 The Decline of the Masculine Empire 11
3 Genderquake: The Evidence 25
4 Diana, Sheba, and Nike: Change in Consciousness - Women Learn to Imagine Triumph 36
Pt. 2 What Went Wrong? How So Many Women and Their Movement Parted Ways
5 Out of Touch? 57
6 Plagues of a Movement: Sixties Hangover, Dyke-Baiting, and Silencing on the Job 66
7 Media Omission and Intellectual Polarization: How to Suffocate the Ideas of a Revolution 76
8 Oxygen Deprivation: Bad Intellectual Habits 107
Pt. 3 Victim Feminism Versus Power Feminism
9 Two Traditions 135
10 Core Mythology of Victim Feminism 143
11 Case Studies 152
12 How the Traditions Clash Today 161
13 Victim Feminism's Recent Impasses 180
14 The Turning Point 215
Pt. 4 Toward a New Psychology of Female Power
15 Are We Ready to Embrace Equality? 235
16 The Feminine Fear of Power 261
Pt. 5 What Do We Do Now? Power Feminism in Action
17 New Psychological Strategies 293
18 What We Can Do Now 303
Notes 323
Selected Bibliography 355
Index 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Empowering Feminism

    This book is a powerful reminder of how far women have come and how much power as a group we are capable of weilding. Wolf's book has basic but extraordinarily effective concepts to use the power we have. Unfortunatley, this important book is rarely discussed in many forums, and often overlooked though it should've been the spark to start serious economic activism. A powerful and inspiring book. Everyone should read it.

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