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Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics Paperback – March 4, 2008
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After five years as an editor at the feminist magazine, Ms.(1993-1997), Jennifer began writing investigative pieces for Harper's and The Nation, commentaries for NPR's All Things Considered, and contributing to magazines such as Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.
In 2005 she created and produced the award-winning documentary I Had an Abortion. In 2013, she released her second film, It Was Rape, which tells the story of eight diverse women.
Jennifer and her work have been featured in venues from Oprah to NPR, and BBC News Hour to Bitch Magazine. She has keynoted at more than 300 universities, organizations, and conferences, including the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, Amherst College, Take Back The Night UW-Madison, and the New Jersey Women and Gender Studies Consortium, to name a few. In 2008, she became Writer-in-Residence at The New School, where she taught non fiction workshops for four years.
Jennifer is the author of five books: Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007, a Lambda finalist), Abortion & Life (Akashic, 2008), and the essay collection F 'em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls (Seal, 2011), as well as two best-selling books about feminism written with Amy Richards--Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (FSG, 2005). She is the co-editor, with Madeleine Kunin, of We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality. In 2002, Jennifer and Amy founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers' bureau that also produces week-long Feminist Camps and Intensives. Soapbox and its projects connect people hungry for feminism with resources and with one another.
Among other honors, she is a Jezebel 25, a Feminist Press 40 Under 40, and a recipient of the Stand Up for Reproductive Justice Award from the Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta. The Commonwealth Club of California honored her in their centennial year as a "Visionary for the 21st Century," commenting that "in her role as author and activist, [Jennifer has] permanently changed the way people think about feminism...and will shape the next 100 years of politics and culture."
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Top Customer Reviews
The connections to feminism are fascinating, though she gives short shrift to male bisexuality. That said, her insights are fascinating and her weaving of personal anecdote with a more global and maturing political awareness is well worth reading.
This book belongs on the bookshelf of every one interested in human sexuality, and especially those active in the Queer community.
A remarkable book.
And then "Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics" by Jennifer Baumgardner caught my eye at the library. [...]
I've noticed that the vast majority of nonfiction I read can be divided into two categories: purely objective information and subjective semi-autobiography. Sadly, these two writing styles can be divided between the sexes. Women authors almost always include personal anecdotes and opinions in their nonfiction, while men are more likely to just write the evidence and analysis. "Look Both Ways" really takes the cake - Baumgardner appears to have interviewed only women akin to her class, background, profession, gender expression and urban location. Their stories intermingle with her own - this is not hard journalism, this is a blog. Which is fine! But don't write a 227 page blog of one's opinions and pass it off as "women's studies"!
And then there are all the issues in the book itself. At first, I schlepped through this book to find a few gems of actual information; about halfway through, it became a page-turning hurricane of shock. Many of the "drawbacks" of bisexuality she describes can be remedied by having a spine. A brain wouldn't hurt either.
On page 32, Baumgardner explains her relationship with a man, Steven, and cheating on him with a woman, Amy. She states in very clear terms that her relationship with Steven was just what she always wanted BECAUSE of her relationship with Amy. By stretching her relationship wants and needs across two people, she was better able to appreciate them both. So what does she do? Dumps Steven!Read more ›
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It's incredibly refreshing to see a book about bisexuality itself, rather than to see the typical book about homosexuality that mentions bisexuality in passing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ava Collopy Books
Sad she's speaking for us bisexuals. Pretensious author with immature writing style. Spend your money elsewhere.Published 13 months ago by stlkmjn
Funny and insightful, Baumgardner does a great job setting up the characters and story in a way that is easy to follow. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Lady VonKountzavitch
Okay, let me give credit where credit is due. The author's project is much like Adrienne Rich's in "Compulsory Heterosexuality. Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by Jeffery Mingo
LOOK BOTH WAYS was recently selected for reading by our book club. Our review was unanimous. 4 thumbs down. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Keri R.
Jennifer broke up with Anastasia because she for two main reasons. First, she didn't feel like the two of them were different enough. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Matthew Siebert
intriguing. help me learn a lot about the bi community when i was figuring myself out. great memoir.Published on November 30, 2008 by T. House
This is a very sincere well-written and thought out personal story, which can give support and affirmation to women who feel bogged down and misrepresented by identity politics. Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by Deborah Cowan
My brain, heart, and groin were all excited by this totally absorbing book, which contains both a personal account of the author's romantic history -- chiefly four main love... Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by Inquiring Mind