Starred Review. Embarking on a road trip across the U.S. to engage with contemporary women, writer Aronowitz and the late artist Bernstein (1985-2008) assert that "all we want is conversation." Through 127 casual discussions with female college students, burlesque dancers, musicians, nuns-in-training, single mothers, abortion clinic staffers and others, the authors privilege the unique experiences and perspectives of both established activists and women who hesitate to identify with any notion of feminism. Coupling luminous, enigmatic photography with insightful diary entries, the pair contribute sharp commentary on modern womanhood and gender issues. The project is most striking when exploring the personal stories of interview subjects, but the authors' ambitious scope makes some encounters feel repetitive. Clearly a work of passion for Bernstein (who committed suicide before the book's publication) and Aronowitz both, the authors share of themselves generously, imprinting the "open-ended, fluid conversation" with their voices, feelings and personalities.
I appreciated that there wasn't any manipulation of our words and testaments, especially as I do not consider myself a feminist though many of my friends, their mothers, and even... Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Pia Monique Murray
This book answers a question people interested in human rights issues have had over the past decade: what are young women's perception of themselves around the US? Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Susan M. Barron
I love the layout, love the whole idea and concept - well written! I will highly recommend it to anyone who holds an interest in women's rights and/or gender equalityPublished on January 21, 2010 by Marie