Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation

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In this new, expanded edition of the acclaimed collection, writers and activists such as Rebecca Walker, Nomy Lamm, and Inga Muscio are joined by Lisa Miya-Jervis, publisher of Bitch; Alison Crews, editor of Girl-Mom; and Daisy Hernandez of Ms. Together, they cover a wide range of topics, from blending careers and feminist politics to the intersection of traditional culture and third-wave sensibilities.
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Overview

In this new, expanded edition of the acclaimed collection, writers and activists such as Rebecca Walker, Nomy Lamm, and Inga Muscio are joined by Lisa Miya-Jervis, publisher of Bitch; Alison Crews, editor of Girl-Mom; and Daisy Hernandez of Ms. Together, they cover a wide range of topics, from blending careers and feminist politics to the intersection of traditional culture and third-wave sensibilities.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
This collection of essays features writers in their twenties, who reflect on growing up with feminism as well as their own feminist discoveries. Of special note: "Tow Jews, Three Opinion," by Robin M. Neidorf, in which she explores the tensions between her feminism and Jewish heritage.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The face of feminism is not only that of Gloria Steinem or Naomi Wolf. It's no longer a luxury limited to the white, affluent and professional. This zesty collection of essays by young feminists, edited by Ms. executive editor Findlen, demonstrates that those feminist lessons of pride and self-determination have been thoroughly absorbed. Spunky and original, these women reveal their difference up front. The writers are lesbians and bisexuals, feminists from every ethnic group, teen mothers, rape survivors, disabled women, aerobics instructors, anorexics, self-described ``chicks'' and punks-whose involvement in the movement signals feminism's evolution from within. The book wants to weave an ``identity tapestry,'' to borrow one essay's title, and each piece uses some real experience to delineate the ways in which the writer's life and self have been informed by the logic and language of feminism. Virtually all depend on the experience of being stereotyped. This collection enlarges feminism's self-image. If the voices here threaten to atomize a collective movement into numberless discrete and personal feminisms, for now they hold and work together, and it's important that they be heard. QPB selection; serial rights to Mademoiselle, Ms., Girlfriends magazine and Cosmopolitan. (May)
Library Journal
This is an anthology of 28 essays in which "Generation X" ("twentysomething") women explore their concepts of feminism. Within the essays are various stories of how these young women awakened to the realization of sexism, racism, or classism through personal experience. While some of the women talk of surviving anorexia, fat oppression, rape, multiple abortions, AIDS, physical disabilities, and sexism in the workplace, others tell of coming to terms with their own sexuality and integrating cultural, ethnic, and family traditions with feminism. The importance of inclusion in 1990s feminism is noted in several essays and is highlighted in those written by African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. While most of the essays are interesting, enlightening, and offer encouragement for the future, others exude immaturity and youthful rebellion that are less encouraging.-Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580050548
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Live Girls Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 774,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Your Life as a Girl 3
Chicks Goin' At It 11
Lusting for Freedom 19
Ruminations of a Feminist Fitness Instructor 25
Don't Call Me a Survivor 33
Bloodlove 40
Weaving an Identity Tapestry 51
Two Jews, Three Opinions 59
Beyond Bean Counting 67
You're Not the Type 74
One Bad Hair Day Too Many, or The Hairstory of an Androgynous Young Feminist 84
Ghosts and Goddesses 89
The Body Politic 103
Abortion, Vacuum Cleaners and the Power Within 112
Reality Check 118
Why I Fight Back 126
It's a Big Fat Revolution 133
And So I Chose 142
Woman Who Clears the Way 153
Class Feminist 165
On the Rag 173
Imagine My Surprise 182
Knowledge Is Power 188
Taking It to the Streets 197
Bringing Feminism a la Casa 209
What Is Mine 212
Tight Jeans and Chania Chorris 223
The Immaculate Conception 229
Better in the Bahamas? Not If You're a Feminist 239
Selling Out 247
Some Things You Keep With You 253
Betrayal Feminism 258
Word Warrior 265
One Resilient Baby 272
This Place Called Home 281
Isolated-Connected 288
Contributors 294
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    Enlightening

    This book is a great tool for putting a face on all of the theory and rhetoric that you learn in women's studies class. Very emotional and personal. I felt priveledged that these women were letting me in on their lives. I wished that there was more information provided about the authors, such as dates of when their essay was written and first published.

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