Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

by Kelly Jensen

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Overview

LET'S GET THE FEMINIST PARTY STARTED!

Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You’ve come to the right place.

Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

Welcome to one of the most life-changing parties around!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616205867
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 411,774
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author


Kelly Jensen is a former librarian and current editor at Book Riot and her own popular book blog, Stacked. She's the editor of two highly-acclaimed YA anthologies, Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World and (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health. Her writing has been featured in Bust Magazine, Fortune, Bustle, and more. When not working with words, she teaches yoga, hangs out with a motley crew of pets, and enjoys all of the black licorice no one else wants. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen and her website kellybjensen.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction x

Chapter 1 Starting the Journey 1

Forever Feminist Malinda Lo 2

What Does "Feminism" Mean? A Brief History of the Word, from Its Beginnings All the Way up to the Present Suzannah Weiss 7

Feminist Songs to Sing Along To Kody Keplinger 12

Bad Feminist: Take Two Roxane Gay 13

FAQs about Feminism 17

Privilege Matt Nathanson 18

Chapter 2 Body and Mind 22

The Monster Book of Questions and Answers Anne Thériault 24

The Big Blue Ocean and My Big Fat Body Angie Manfredi 30

Ten Amazing Scientists Anne Thériault 33

Pretty Enough Alida Nugent 34

So I Guess This Is Growing Up Liz Prince 38

I Have Always Eaten the Bread Lily Myers 41

Bad Hair Day Stasia Burrington 46

Dragging Myself into Self-love Constance Augusta Zaber 47

Chapter 3 Gender, Sex, and Sexuality 52

The Likability Rule Courtney Summers 54

Broken Body, Worthless Girl, and Other Lies I Called the Truth Kayla Whaley 59

FAQs about Feminism 64

All the Bodies Rafe Posey 65

Do Female Black lives Matter Too? Amandla Stenberg 70

Judgments Pomona Lake 71

An Interview with Laverne Cox: "I Absolutely Consider Myself a Feminist" Tricia Romano 72

Feminism Is as Feminism Does Mia Michaela DePrince 76

Chapter 4 Culture and Pop Culture 86

Somewhere in America Zaxiya Allen 88

Choose Your Own Adventure: Why Fandom Is Eight for You (Yes, You!) Brenna Clarke Gray 92

Drawing for Inspiration Michelle Hiraishi 98

FAQs about Feminism 100

Facets of Feminism Mikki Kendall 101

Opportunity Risa Rodil 105

Top 10 List of Black Female Friends Brandy Colbert 106

Don't Cash Crop on My Cornrows Amandla Stenberg 108

A Conversation about Girls' Stories and Girls' Voices with Laurie Halse Anderson and Courtney Summers Kelly Jensen 111

Chapter 5 Relationships 120

Girl lessons Sarah McCarry 122

The Princess and the Witch Wendy Xu 127

Corny Won't Kill Your Cred: Rearview Mirror Reflections on Feminism and Romance Siobhan Vivian 134

Great Girl Friendships in Fiction Sarah McCarry 139

Faith and the Feminist Kaye Mirza 140

Bechdel Test 146

In Search of Sisterhood by Brandy Colbert 147

A Feminist love Jessica Luther 154

Chapter 6 Confidence and Ambition 158

The "Nice Girl" Feminist Ashley Rope Pérez 160

5 Tips for "Nice Girl" Feminists Ashley Hope Pérez 167

Shrinking Women Lily Myers 168

Dear Teen Me: It Would Have Changed Everything; It Would Have Changed Nothing Erika T. Wurth 170

FAQs about Feminism 173

A Thousand Paper Cuts Shveta Thakrar 174

The Win That Comes from losing Wendy Davis 180

Chapter 7 Go Your Own Way 184

Many Stories, Many Roads Daniel José Older 186

That's What She Became Jen Talley 190

Reading Worthy Women Nova Ren Suma 191

Six Great Comics by Women, about Women, for Everyone Brenna Clarke Gray 200

FAQs about Feminism 201

The Choice Is Yours Kody Keplinger 202

A Guide to Being a Teenage Superheroine Allison Peyton Steger Rebecca Sexton 206

Don't Peak in High School Mindy Kaling 212

Owning My Feminism Kelly Jensen 215

Intersectional Rosie the Riveter Tyler Feder 218

Acknowledgments 219

Further Reading 220

Contributor Bios 222

Copyrights 227

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