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Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation Paperback – May, 1995

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Vibrant, combative and broad-ranging, the new voices in Listen Up are the best proof yet that the next wave of rising feminists is magnificently equal to its task of creating a movement that should be, in terms of its ideas, always renewed. -- Naomi Wolf, author of Fire With Fire

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The face of feminism is not only that of Gloria Steinem or Naomi Wolf. It's no longer a luxury limited to the white, affluent and professional. This zesty collection of essays by young feminists, edited by Ms. executive editor Findlen, demonstrates that those feminist lessons of pride and self-determination have been thoroughly absorbed. Spunky and original, these women reveal their difference up front. The writers are lesbians and bisexuals, feminists from every ethnic group, teen mothers, rape survivors, disabled women, aerobics instructors, anorexics, self-described "chicks" and punks?whose involvement in the movement signals feminism's evolution from within. The book wants to weave an "identity tapestry," to borrow one essay's title, and each piece uses some real experience to delineate the ways in which the writer's life and self have been informed by the logic and language of feminism. Virtually all depend on the experience of being stereotyped. This collection enlarges feminism's self-image. If the voices here threaten to atomize a collective movement into numberless discrete and personal feminisms, for now they hold and work together, and it's important that they be heard. QPB selection; serial rights to Mademoiselle, Ms., Girlfriends magazine and Cosmopolitan.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Pr; First Edition edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878067613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878067616
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 7, 2001
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But you must be interested in women or social politics . . .
Even if you think you know what feminism is all about, one of this book's essays should give you a new perspective. It consists of collections of essays from the many different women that call themselves feminists. From lesbians, straight women, bisexuals, african-americans and caucasians, aerobics instructors to full-time writers . . . there is a lot of variety. One section made me cry and I can't forget what I read in there. Another section made me understand a feminist perspective that I had never understood before. If you are a feminist, some of this book may be self-affirming. If you are not yet a feminist, maybe you will learn that you can be one without losing any of your ideals. There is room for everyone in this book.
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this is one of the first books i've read about feminism, so i don't proclaim to be an expert, but i really enjoyed reading so many different perspectives about feminism. these women's opinions were interesting to read. i read it straight through one afternoon and was sad to put it down. i particularly enjoyed the essays by curtis sittenfield, abra chernik, nomy lamm, laurel gilbert, jennifer myhre, and cheryl green. the essays seemed a little short to me, though. but my one beef with the book is that every single one of writers was a well-educated woman who had gone at least for her bachelor's. what about women who weren't able to go to college? the book seemed to emphasize varieties of feminism but that varieties of education wasn't taken into account surprised me. there are feminists out there with merely a high school education or even less. i hope maybe someday to see a sequel to this book where those factors are taken into account.
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By A Customer on October 4, 2000
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Every Feminist knows one of the biggest internal and external criticisms of the movement: it is too exclusive. Too white, too middle-to-upper-class, too limited to past decades when Feminism was "needed". In short, the argument runs something like this: if Feminism is not indeed dead, it is too exclusive to attract most people.
Listen Up blows this criticism away with its wide range of voices coming from its essays written by all different types of people. In fact, the only thing that all the writers have in common is that they all call themselves a Feminist. They also call themselves everything from white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Christian, Jewish, Atheist, single, married, straight, lesbian, pro-life, pro-choice, mother, daughter, and much more. All of these descriptions come together to form one anthology that shows that no one has to subscribe to a majority's opinion of what Feminism entails in order to be a Feminist.
Most of the authors in this collection of essays are unknown, but they are all budding Feminists, and they all belong to the "Baby Boom" generation, those who are reshaping and redefining Feminist, proving that it is anything but dead. The authors are a funky collection of brilliant and diverse individuals, and each essay gives an important insight to modern Feminism. This unique book can be read in chronological order, or by picking and choosing the ones that appeal to you the most from its helpful table of contents, which gives an intriguing quote from each of the essays.
Read this book yourself, because it will inspire and motivate your Feminist views and actions. And then give it to a skeptic of Feminism, anyone who claims it is too narrow-minded and exclusive.
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I didn't agree with all the writers compiled in _Listen up_ and some of them pissed me off.
But that wasn't the point; there's enough preaching to the choir around here as it is. As
a feminist (whatever that means to you) I got angry with the woman who talked about her "quest
for the perfect body" and shook my metaphorical fist in the air in support of Nomy Lamm's
essay on fat oppression. Looking at this broad spectrum of women who consider themselves
"feminists," I was pleased with the diversity; readers of Listen Up will probably find their
preconceptions challenged. But as a personal support I feel it has the most value; despite the goofy
pink cover, it felt like my life. Right on.
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I recieved this book as a gift when it first came out and still refer to it. Although I have since read many other feminist books, this text was one of the first to publically acknowllege that third wave feminists (including myself) necessarily have some differing ideas--which need to be listened to for the movement's ongoing relevancy.

Nommy Lamm's essay on intersecting disability identity with feminism really spoke to my own experiences. I have discovered that even some feminist colleagues will look down on me after realizing that I am a person with a disability. Alternately, some people with disabilities are not interested in a feminist critique of the state and thus do not consider themselves part of this social movement.

However important the disability rights movement of the 1970's---overemphasis on their acchievements ignores the perspective our generation has precisely as a result of growing up with non-discrimination laws AND lingering discrimination. At the same time, I do have privllege because my own disabilities are generally hidden---and I can 'pass' for the so-called normal person.

Indispensible and thought provoking essays from various backgrounds show how women do feminism gen-x style. A definite solace to those of us remaining unconvinced of the Spice Girl's "Girl Power" mantra.
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