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Fight Like a Girl: How to be a Fearless Feminist 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0814740022
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From Publishers Weekly

With her guide addressed to a generation of girls who have grown up "denying feminism but embracing its rewards," the youngest woman ever elected president of the California chapter of NOW seeks to make feminism palatable for a generation put off by outmoded images of unshaven legs and burning bras. Echoing Robin Morgan's phrase "sisterhood is global," Seely takes a holistic approach, touching on everything from the exploitation of sweatshop workers (90% of whom are women) and the importance of easing racial tensions within the feminist community to her own struggle against bulimia—she presents herself as living proof of the depth and prevalence of body hatred among women—along with more familiar subjects like Title IX and the politics of abortion. Each chapter in this beginner's guide is punctuated by boxes containing definitions of terms (patriarchy, glass ceiling), brief descriptions of relevant court cases and suggestions for further reading. Seely also includes examples of grassroots activism and ways of getting involved in the movement. Eschewing the exclamation points of today's "Girl Power" in favor of question marks, this is a thorough, thought-provoking introduction, but more informative than inspiring. (Jan.)
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“An amazing and comprehensive resource. . . . Serving as both an introduction to feminism and a blueprint for what’s next for the movement, Fight Like a Girl is simply invaluable.”

-Bay Windows



“A primer on the women’s movement that brims with reading and film lists, web resources, and worthy reminders. . . . Textbook-y in the best way. . . . Several appendices give practical advice. . . . It’s the perfect gift for the burgeoning activist in your life.”
-Bitch

Fight Like a Girl is a much-needed primer and call to action for the next generation of feminist activists. In this regressive cultural climate, it's more important than ever to speak loudly and proudly about the work we're doing and what still needs to be done.”

-Lisa Jervis,co-founder and publisher of Bitch



“The so-called ‘third wave’—the newest generation involved in the women’s movement— faces an uphill battle in getting people to listen up, partly because of knee-jerk negative reactions to the f-word: ‘feminist.’ In fact, says Seely, ‘I’m not a feminist, but . . . ’ has become a common qualifier among young people who support the principles of equality but don’t want to be associated with words like ‘militant’ or ‘butch.’ Seely addresses this stumbling block and many others, including discord within the movement due to racial and generational differences. She provides an accessible overview of the women’s movement, including timelines, suggested reading and numerous ways for young people to get active and make a difference.”
-Newsday (How-To Book of the Week)

“Seely dispels the notion that there are secrets to successful organizing by creating a step by step, compelling manual that challenges even the cynical.”
-Feminist Review

“A useful antidote to the widespread attitude of the many young women that passivity and resignation are the only rational responses to the enormous cultural, religious, political and media forces arrayed against feminism. . . . This book could be a useful supplement to Women’s Studies courses.”
-Susan B. Hansen,University of Pittsburgh

“With her guide addressed to a generation of girls who have grown up ‘denying feminism but embracing its rewards,’ the youngest woman ever elected president of the California chapter of NOW seeks to make feminism palatable for a generation put off by outmoded images of unshaven legs and burning bras. . . . This is a thorough, thought-provoking introduction.”
-Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814740022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814740026
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a well written book about feminism, particularity as it pertains to younger feminists. a great choice for girls and women (or men) who would like to further their knowledge about and/or participation in feminism. along with plenty of solid content in each chapter, the author includes lists of books, films, websites, etc., which make the book a valuable resource even after the first read-through.
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This book is in the spirit of _That Takes Ovaries_ and _Grassroots_, but in my opinion does a better job than those two books and other books in this genre.

It offers a well-written, lucid discussion about the modern women's movement in the US. It is really a great primer and is best suited for the lay audience or a lower division undergraduate course.

I read it in two sittings in less than 24 hours, it was more than a beach read and I dog-eared lots of pages. The best part of the book was at the end of each chapter: examples, resources and other sources.

This is definitely a must-have for any young feminist or young people who are wanting to learn more about feminism.

The only reason why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that for my purposes it is a 4, btdt and continue to do so.
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Required reading for my women's studies course- fantastic overview of historic and current feminist issues and movements. I love the resources at the end of each chapter. I rented this book on my kindle but, as a mother of v two young women, I plan on purchasing a copy for OUR bookshelf.
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