To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism

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Determined to extend the boundaries of feminism to embrace social, political, and economic equality for all humanity, these twenty-one exciting young activists and thinkers recast the concepts of feminism to reflect their own personal experiences and beliefs. Inspired by activist and writer Rebecca Walker, they speak out, challenging many of their assumptions about the women's movement and demanding that readers recognize a new relationship between the personal and the political. Black and white, male and female,...
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Overview

Determined to extend the boundaries of feminism to embrace social, political, and economic equality for all humanity, these twenty-one exciting young activists and thinkers recast the concepts of feminism to reflect their own personal experiences and beliefs. Inspired by activist and writer Rebecca Walker, they speak out, challenging many of their assumptions about the women's movement and demanding that readers recognize a new relationship between the personal and the political. Black and white, male and female, gay and straight, they fearlessly describe their liberation from the feminist "ideals" that conflict with the reality of who they are, expose "shocking" secrets, and acknowledge long-hidden accommodations and anomalies. Controversial and provocative, To Be Real is a blueprint for the creation of a new political force.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edited and introduced by Walker, journalist, Ms. editor, and coauthor of House and Home: Spirits of the South (Univ. of Washington Pr., 1994), this anthology adds to the growing body of work by and about younger feminists. "An eclectic gathering of folks"20 activists, academicians, artistsexplore the theme of how they define themselves as individuals, against both traditional stereotypes and the feminist ideas and ideals of their parents' generation. bell hooks's "Beauty Laid Bare" discusses the role of material objects in traditional black culture; Naomi Wolf's "Brideland" examines the enduring attraction of the bride image. Other topics include sex in cyberspace, women and aggression, the politics of taking names, feminist hip-hop, how to hold a nonsexist stag party, and the trials of an aspiring corporate attorney. On the whole, it's an energetic and original collection that belongs in most libraries.Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385472623
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Anchor Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 960,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Gloria Steinam

Being Real: An Introduction
Rebecca Walker

To Be Real
Danzy Senna

Femmenism
Jeannine DeLombard

Brideland
Naomi Wolf

Kicking Ass
Veena Cabreros-Sud

An Odd Break with the Human Heart
Elizabeth Mitchell

Missionary Position
Gina Dent

Giving It Up: Orgasm, Fear, and Femaleness
Donna Minkowitz

Pushing Away the Plate
Min Jin Lee

Getting Off on Feminism
Jason Schultz

Sexism and the Art of Feminist Hip-Hop Maintenance
Eisa Davis

Identity Politics
Jennifer Allyn and David Allyn

Beauty Laid Bare: Aesthetics in the Ordinary
bell hooks

Close, But No Banana
Anna Bondoc

Motherhood
Allison Abner

Born to Dyke
Greg Tate

How Does a Supermodel Do Feminism?
An Interview with Veronica Webb

Testimony of a Naked Woman
Jocelyn Taylor

Virtual Identity
Mocha Jean Herrup

She Came With the Rodeo (An Exceprt)
Lisa Jones

Congratulations, It's a Girl
Amruta Slee

Afterword
Angela Y. Davis

Contributor Biographies
Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    The Third Wave at it's best

    This book is a great guide to the Third Wave of Feminism. The contributions are both thought-provoking and well-written. Rebecca Walker is an amazing women, and her contributions to Feminsm have been outstanding.

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