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No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays Paperback – February 1, 1992

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This anthology collects the book reviews, feminist political essays and fiction that Willis, formerly a Village Voice columnist and now a New York University associate professor of journalism, published during the Reagan-Bush years. The book opens with several works from the early '80s that tediously address psychosexual issues within the feminist movement. Beyond these exercises in anti-misogynist rhetoric, however, lie many outstanding works. In "Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism," Willis chronicles the internal struggles, strategies and consequent splintering of the women's movement, while in "Escape From New York" she writes nostalgically of her fellow aging radicals and their compromises. In more recent pieces Willis eloquently argues her pro-choice position on abortion and offers a balanced perspective on the racial division within the women's movement. Essays on the issues of parental responsibility in an age of reproductive choice and on the war on drugs demonstrate her ability to communicate strong, rational arguments for emotionally charged liberal philosophies.
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In this first collection of essays since her Beginning To See the Light ( LJ 6/1/81), feminist / journalist Willis documents the struggle toward transforming society in the conservative 1980s. Moving between academic and earthy, activist writing styles, she explores changes in feminism, race relations, and cultural politics. Critiquing a culture that has backed away from the promises and idealism of the Sixties, Willis reimagines a world committed to a democracy that values individual happiness and self-development. She concentrates specifically on feminism, drawing on her earlier personal experiences with the radical feminist movement, to explore both the movement's internal failures and the well-orchestrated external attacks against it that have come from the right. Recommended for communications and women's studies collections.
- Judy Solberg, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081956284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819562845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,584,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Willis (1941-2006) was the first rock critic for the New Yorker, an editor and columnist at the Village Voice, and cofounder of the radical feminist group Redstockings. Her writing appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Nation. She established the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University and published "Beginning to See the Light" and "No More Nice Girls," both reissued from Minnesota in 2012, as well as "Don't Think, Smile!" Her award-winning posthumous collection of rock criticism, "Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music," was published in 2011, also by University of Minnesota Press.

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Invaluable history of the development of the women's movement. Work on the Redstockings and other groups too easily forgotten. Other essays feel like they don't belong in this book, but Willis was special.
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