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

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by Jessica Valenti
 

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Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com.

This revised edition includes a new foreword by Valenti, reflecting upon what’s happened in the five years since Full Frontal

Overview

Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com.

This revised edition includes a new foreword by Valenti, reflecting upon what’s happened in the five years since Full Frontal Feminism was originally published. With new openers from Valenti in every chapter, the book covers a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more.

Chapters include:
You’re a Hardcore Feminist. I Swear.
Feminists Do It Better (and Other Sex Tips)
Pop Culture Gone Wild
The Blame (and Shame) Game
If These Uterine Walls Could Talk
My Big Fat Unnecessary Wedding and Other Dating Diseases
“Real” Women Have Babies
I Promise I Won’t Say “Herstory”
Boys Do Cry
Beauty Cult
Sex and the City Voters, My Ass

Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues or belaboring where today's young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers—yeah, you're feminists, and that's actually pretty frigging cool.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Arresting, entertaining and serious."
The New York Times

"If feminism is enjoying a revival among young women, much of the credit should go to women such as Jessica Valenti."
The Guardian

"Full Frontal Feminism shows us feminism is alive and well and kicking all kinds of oppressive male ass."
Margaret Cho

"Full Frontal Feminism is an irreverent guide to why young women should embrace the F-word."
New York Magazine

"Full Frontal Feminism tackles serious feminist issues with a sense of humor and justified anger."
Bitch magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580052016
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Valenti—called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian—is the author of four books on feminism, politics, and culture. Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon, and Bitch magazine.

Jessica received her Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York.

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Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Women's Guide to Why Feminism Matters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
lucky_number_slevin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was the first nook book I ever took the time to return.. it was god awful. self entitled little girl who complains a lot about child hood enemies. put it down, go pick up Feminine Mystique or How to Be a Woman... please don't waste your time, especially if your new to Feminism.. were not all egotistical asses I swear.
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Valtrajay More than 1 year ago
It definitely is a fair starter book for young women (maybe below college age) who are interested in learning about the main core issues involved with the feminist movement. The book doesn't really touch on too much analysis, but it certainly outlines the important issues for women today like reproductive rights, domestic violence, beauty standards, relationships, and careers. She does cite sources in what seems to be Chicago style, but there were many spots in the book where she was like "studies show" or "a recent study said" without naming the study or putting in a citation (or number in Chicago style) or sometimes she would just flat-out state something like it was fact without giving the source. Therefore, I would not recommend this for those of you who are in for an academic analysis of the current issues. This book is to be read more like a printed version of a blog, which makes sense, since she is a blogger. But the book does get you passionate and excited about women's issues--she also does a good job of getting you upset at the current state of affairs. Just remember to compliment her book with your own individual research.
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Surreal-Juliet More than 1 year ago
I've only read a few chapters of the book and already, I'm entranced by Ms. Valenti's quintessential masterpiece and her modern and unique take on Feminism. It certainly breaks down the walls and stereotypes of society and the media about sex, young women, and the ideology of feminism. Ms. Valenti weaves powerful words, facts, and humor altogether in this single book. I am definitely going to look into her other works! Call me a Jessica Valenti fan!
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This book was very well written and very imformative. As a feminist who never realized that I was such. This book made me realize that I truly was a feminist, and now I'm proud of being labeled as such!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! If you have ever wanted to know more about feminism this is the book to read. I took a seminar at school and one of the presenters had this book... I got it as soon as it was over. This book has changed all of my views on feminism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so in your face and easy to read. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is expertly written. It's a style that keeps the reader engaged as if talking to a friend. And it talks about real issues that women face and presents it in a manner that makes you think. If you're a person that's afraid of the truth and like a whole lot of fluff...this book isn't for you. But if you're a strong man or woman looking for a good read and even if you're not so sure about feminism but are willing to learn something about it- this book is for you. But I must warn this book isn't an in-depth book. It's meant to scan over the many areas of feminism to get you a start- to get you to think. And it does it quite well.