Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

by Kelly Jensen


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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: 375,579
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-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked. She’s the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.

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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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JLAustin More than 1 year ago
This was a good read on feminism, intersectionality, and what it means to be a feminist in today's world. It's an informative and much needed compilation of view points from many people who all come together to define what is feminism today.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
Although the concepts addressed in this anthology are fairly basic, the writing (and comics and poetry) is both empowering and encouraging. I enjoyed reading HERE WE ARE because of the talent of the contributors, and because I'm willing to acknowledge that it wasn't written for me as an adult. This is the kind of collection that would've open my eyes as a teenager in so many ways, and I'm confident that it will do the same for other feminist and would-be feminist teenagers.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
In the novel, Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World Kelly Jensen has prepared a wonderful collection of pieces from forty-four different voices. From writers to artists to actors, Jensen has managed to connect very diverse people through their passion for feminism. She addresses the many pieces of feminism through seven chapters; “Starting the Journey”, “Body and Mind”, “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality”, “Culture and Pop Culture”, “Relationships”, “Confidence and Ambition”, and “Go Your Own Way”. In each one she has visuals made by feminist artists, and many personal stories about how different people became a feminist. Also, sprinkled throughout the novel, she also has lists of songs, books, and cartoons that every feminist should view. Although there were numerous parts in this book that were informative and inspirational, my favorite part of this collection was the article from Daniel José Older. This piece really stuck out to me because he wrote about the importance of feminism from a male perspective. This truly showed me and will show others that feminism is not just for women and girls, but it is for everyone. I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book, male or female, old or young. However, this book is targeted at a teenage audience. Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World was a fantastic book, and I really enjoyed reading it. From it, I learned a lot about myself and a movement that is so powerful in present day society. Review by Grace P., Age 15, Mensa 76
abbylibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is an essential read for any teen reader wanting to know more about feminism or wanting to explore different views of feminism. The scrapbook format does well to highlight the mix of formats, from essays to comics to artwork to lists to informational sections that define words we hear when we talk about feminism. The mix of formats and of voices will keep readers engaged - there's something for everyone here. I was very impressed with the diversity of voices (along the lines of race, ethnicity, ability, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) that are collected here. There's a lot of talk about feminism going on right now, with people marching in support of women's rights and the many issues that we're discussing in this country. Hand this collection to young adult readers to introduce them to feminism or expand on what they already know and think.