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The contemporary essays collected by Berger, an activist and creator of The F-Word, a feminist zine for teens, demonstrate loudly and clearly that feminism is alive, well and pursuing a wide variety of concerns. Sexuality, empowerment, violence, body image, reproductive rights, child sexual abuse, the gynecologist, the morning-after pill, the "Seventh-Grade Slut" and "Sex, Drugs, and the Department of Homeland Security" are all explored, as are the roles of government, religion, and the media. The result is a mixed bag that zeros in on the experience of contemporary women who face a multitude of slippery issues; according to Berger, "the connecting theme is this: 'I'm a young feminist and I'm going to work it!'" For her, the key is to fire up a movement-not a "wave"-and the 30 voices here, including Lisa Jervis, Alix Olson, Dean Spade and Jessica Valenti, provide many fine starting points. Especially rousing are the endcap entries, Valenti's short, blunt rebuke of "self-hating feminists" and Jennifer L. Pozner's plan to reclaim the media for a progressive feminist future.
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"In this exciting collection, a whole new crop of talented and fiercely political writers make the case that while each new `wave' of feminists (suffragists, women's liberationists, riot grrls, etc.) may pass, like so many cultural trends, as long as there's a need for revolution, feminism is here to stay." -- Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future
"Melody Berger has assembled a raucous rebuke to anyone who thinks that feminism is a thing of the past." -- Rebecca Traister, Salon.com
"Only one f-word (besides fat) has the power to strike confusion in the hearts of women and panic in the minds of men: feminism. Berger is right: We don't need another wave when this one is just beginning to roll." -- Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life
"The feisty style is anchored in sincerity. . . intensely personal essays make this collection stand out in a crowded field." -- Utne Reader, November/December 2006
"We Don't Need Another Wave flips the bird to those who might protest that feminism isn't relevant in the lives of young women. The voices collected here are simultaneously outraged, snarky, hopeful, and lusty - each one proving that political idealism lives on." -- Andi Zeisler, co-founder, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
"We Don't Need Another Wave gives women a shot of inspiration and the knowledge that sisterhood is still powerful. Indeed, we don't need another wave; we just need to win every war." -- Dyann C. Logwood, founding publisher of HUES Magazine
"After reading Women Behind Bars, one could recite a laundry list of shocking statistics and haunting anecdotes about female prisoners--but where to begin ? Silja J.A. Talvi, an investigative journalist, tackles more than seems possible in one book, documenting the negligent medical care, abuse by guards, and contemptible meals that many female inmates endure, as well as smaller indignities like limited access to soap and tampons. Talvi interviewed hundreds of imprisoned girls and women, and she expertly combines their stories with the disturbing facts and figures that, on their own, don't inspire nearly enough outrage. The author's vivid descriptions of these women's lives, and her exasperation over their 'invisible struggle,' render Women Behind Bars a surprisingly readable treatise on a cumbersome topic." -- -Danielle Maestretti, Utne