Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

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What do young women care about? What are their hopes, worries, and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it?

These are just a few of the questions journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz and photographer Emma Bee Bernstein set out to answer in Girldrive. In October 2007, Aronowitz and Bernstein took a cross-country road trip to meet with the 127 women profiled in this book, ranging from well-known feminists like Kathleen Hanna, Laura Kipnis, Erica Jong, and ...

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Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

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Overview


What do young women care about? What are their hopes, worries, and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it?

These are just a few of the questions journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz and photographer Emma Bee Bernstein set out to answer in Girldrive. In October 2007, Aronowitz and Bernstein took a cross-country road trip to meet with the 127 women profiled in this book, ranging from well-known feminists like Kathleen Hanna, Laura Kipnis, Erica Jong, and Michele Wallace, to women who don’t relate to feminism at all. The result of these interviews, Girldrive is a regional chronicle of the struggles, concerns, successes, and insights of young women who are grappling—just as hard as their mothers and grandmothers did—to find, define, and fight for gender equity.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Girldrive provides a wide-angle snapshot of contemporary feminism, and raises provocative questions about our responsibilities to the movement.”
&#8212 Elle.com

Girldrive is gutsy in its endeavor and gives agency to emerging feminist voices … This work’s very publication shows how far you can go if you only have the drive.”
&#8212 Bust magazine

“A fascinating tour-de-force … [Nona and Emma's] voices struck me as distinctly young and alive and unapologetic.”
&#8212 Courtney Martin of Feministing

“Nona and Emma have done what I suspect many women, young and old, have always dreamed of doing: Hit the open road with nothing more than a partner in crime, a full tank of gas, a playlist of good music, a pad of paper, a camera, and an unyielding curiosity. Girldrive is part travel diary, part social document, part art exhibit, and, sadly, part eulogy. Not only do I highly recommend Girldrive, I have to admit that I’m insanely jealous I didn’t think of it first.”

&#8212 Anna Holmes, Founder/Editor, Jezebel.com

Girldrive is a fascinating, fiery, dramatic whirlwind tour through modern-day women’s lives. It’s likely to make you excited, impassioned, and at times infuriated—and that’s a good thing. It lets its diversity of opinion speak to you rather than for you.”

&#8212 Rachel Kramer Bussel, Editor, Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women; Host, In The Flesh Reading Series

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Embarking on a road trip across the U.S. to engage with contemporary women, writer Aronowitz and the late artist Bernstein (1985-2008) assert that "all we want is conversation." Through 127 casual discussions with female college students, burlesque dancers, musicians, nuns-in-training, single mothers, abortion clinic staffers and others, the authors privilege the unique experiences and perspectives of both established activists and women who hesitate to identify with any notion of feminism. Coupling luminous, enigmatic photography with insightful diary entries, the pair contribute sharp commentary on modern womanhood and gender issues. The project is most striking when exploring the personal stories of interview subjects, but the authors' ambitious scope makes some encounters feel repetitive. Clearly a work of passion for Bernstein (who committed suicide before the book's publication) and Aronowitz both, the authors share of themselves generously, imprinting the "open-ended, fluid conversation" with their voices, feelings and personalities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052733
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Taking the Wheel 1

Ch. 2 On the Road, Again 19

Ch. 3 When it Rains, it Pours 37

Ch. 4 California Girls 49

Ch. 5 Day Trippers 69

Ch. 6 That Endless Skyway 89

Ch. 7 Grass Routes 101

Ch. 8 American Gothic 113

Ch. 9 Walking the Line 131

Ch. 10 Bringing it All Back Home 145

Ch. 11 Gusty Winds May Exist 171

Ch. 12 Summers Past 187

Afterword 209

Postscript 212

Resources 215

Photo Credits 218

Beyond Girldrive 220

Acknowledgments 221

About the Authors 222

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