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Compiled by authors Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters) and Sullivan (Commencement), this volume looks at the catalytic moments when 28 women (and one man) found their way to feminism. Including writers, activists, and educators, contributors provide perspective and personal revelations from all stages of life. Joshunda Sanders, an Austin newspaper reporter, talks about growing up poor and black in "the least desirable place in New York" and how it led to her embrace of "womanist" thought; Indian American writer and educator Mathangi Subramanian describes years of struggle with the feminist "label," navigating the cross-currents of her grandmother's pressure to marry and her mother's enthusiasm for independence (and feminist classics like Susan Estrich's Sex & Power); Martin herself contributes a piece contrasting her own coming-of-age, involving a college visit from Manifesta authors Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, with her mother's: "This wasn't the swishy skirt feminism that my mom had manifested at her once-a-month women's groups. This was contemporary, witty, brash, even a little sexy." With this enervating collection, Martin and Sullivan help continue that modernizing trend.
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Courtney E. Martin is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and co-author of The Naked Truth, the life story of HIV/AIDS activist Marvelyn Brown. She is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and the Book Editor of Feministing.com. Martin's work frequently appears in The Christian Science Monitor, Alternet, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. She has spoken at colleges and conferences throughout the nation and is a frequent commentator on national media, including The O'Reilly Factor, The Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN. J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the best-selling novel Commencement. A Brooklyn-based writer, Sullivan's work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, In Style, Men's Vogue, the New York Observer, Tango, and in the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love. Sullivan works in the editorial department of the New York Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I absolutely loved this book. Having a collection of different stories allowed the reader to examine feminism and what it means from several different viewpoints, making it both... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Alanna G. Barrett
somehow I didn't.Maybe it just made me feel kind of old because I had my "clicks" while they were playing in the sandbox and stuff. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by E. Jahneke
It's always fascinating to hear how other people become aware of the power structure in this country and around the world. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Jenn
This anthology of writings by (mostly) women from my generation of feminist theorists explains how and why we came to feminism. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Robin Orlowski
An amazing book. One of the best I've read in a long time. A must read.Published on October 29, 2010 by Darkvampiress42