Many young women today consider "feminism" a dirty word, an antiquated term that hasn’t expanded to accommodate the diverse needs of a new generation. In addition, decades of negative campaigns, excessively "messaged" issues, and hanging chads have all combined to make political apathy appear not only smart, but sexy. The result is that while they still bemoan the state of gender politics, gender equity, and the agendas of their local, state, and national politicians, nearly 19 million young women chose not to vote in the last presidential election.
Yes, the face of feminism is changing, but to what end? Is a new generation taking for granted the rights hard-won only a generation before? And by focusing on culturalnot electoralpolitics, are young women giving their power away? In this pivotal book, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, political and environmental consultant (and wife of Washington State’s Republican senate majority leader), asks these critical questions, tracing feminism’s distinguished past and asking what can be done to protect and further women’s rights and freedoms.
Table of Contents
|1||Introduction: The F-Word||1|
|2||A Tsunami in History||19|
|3||A New Cultural Landscape||35|
|4||Tracing the Divide: Campus Women, Social Issues, and Volunteerism||55|
|5||Signs of the Times: Defining the Third Wave||85|
|6||Are We Postfeminist? Education, Work, and a Nation in Flux||107|
|7||The Changing Shape of Relationships||129|
|8||Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Current State of Motherhood||147|
|10||Making a Difference: Women in Political Power||213|
|11||Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport||233|
|Reading Group Guide||265|
|Appendix A||How to Run and Win||269|
|Appendix B||Resource Organizations||273|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fabulous read for twentysomethings and college students. This book emphasizes the importance of electoral politics as a vehicle for improving the lives of women. A relevant, fast-paced, interesting overview of contemporary 'feminist' issues that affect young women.
The F Word is a fierce book and great to read. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about feminism and the issues. Row-Finkbeiner does a great job explaining feminism. She also has great resources throughout the book for political action.