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Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style Paperback – March 12, 2013
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“Genius! Sexy Feminism is a delicious primer for budding feminists (and the feminist-curious), as well as a sigh of relief for long-term third-wave feminists who long to be understood and are tired of explaining our beliefs. Jennifer and Heather do an outrageously good service to us all by bringing feminism into its sexy, confident maturity.”
-Katie Goodman, feminist comedian and author of Improvisation of the Spirit
“We live in a society where sex is used against women as much as it's used by women. Sexy Feminism calls foul on that (and other) double standards—and makes manifest my frequent observation that feminists are almost always the sexiest people in the room.”
-Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Feminista and F'em!
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Strike one came when it tried twice to market feminism as sexy and fun. Strike two came when it called Lady Gaga a feminist icon. Strike three was the inappropriate use of a word I despise as a feminist: slut/slutty. Beyond all that, this book is a bit boring to someone like me, a young women who has been reading feminist lit and experimenting with her feminist ideology for years.
Before I dig into its more fundamental problems, I need to get its positives out of the way. Sexy Feminism makes sure to give you the background of many practices women now consider normal, such as waxing, plastic surgery, and makeup. If one will leave this book with anything, it will be the history of some of the services and objects still relevant to women and their intent when founded (feminist-minded or not). Most chapters have very clear points they stick to while explaining the intricacies of what does/doesn't make it feminist.
Still, my answer to a lot of their chapters is this: "Yeah, and...?"
Their talk of how feminists are allowed to diet and wear miniskirts is nothing new. I felt limited in what I could wear and do when I first started to identify as feminist, but I found my own style and definition of sexy that lives in harmony with my constantly-evolving ideology. Each woman will do roughly the same thing on their own, really. It's like a pair of new shoes, really: you're uncomfortable at first, but the more time you spend with it, the more you adjust to it and the more comfortable you get until you forget you ever had trouble with it to begin with.
One chapter is rather muddled, though: the chapter on waxing.Read more ›
1. The cover. Have the authors never seen Jean Kilbourne's "Killing Us Softly"? They have done exactly what the media does to women every day. Reducing women to one single body part. And of course, it is the mouth, in a highly sexualized manner akin to many restaurant marketing campaigns that are aimed at straight men.
2. An overall lack of theme. Much of the book seems to exist simply so that the authors can give excuses as to why they diet and wear makeup and change their last names after marriage. It reads as a 200-some page long justification of their actions. Perhaps the authors are not as stupid as they make themselves out to be, but this book is atrociously written.
3. One of the main reasons that no one should buy this book is that there is no new information contained in it at all. The authors, when not vigorously defending their right to get a bikini wax, name-drop and quote better writers. Naomi Wolf is a favorite, as is Gloria Steinem. Even if the authors did not mention in the beginning that they are white, it is glaringly obvious since they only mention three women of color in the entire book.
4. There is a depressing lack of diversity in this book. The authors never mention bell hooks nor Audre Lorde. Before I read this book, I had no idea that someone could write a feminist text without including those two authors. It is a travesty. Even in the back of the book, where they have placed a reading list, they neglect to include books by women of color.
There are multitudes of problems in this book, and I fervently believe that it is better that you don't waste several hours of your life reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perhaps I just feel differently than the authors, but this book lacked substance. Sexy Feminism is just a thinly-veiled attempt to package Feminist ideas into little palatable... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda
I bought this book for my daughter who is 25. I did a quick preview of it before passing
it on to her. I found it to be straight-forward and level-headed. Read more
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I've considered myself a feminist for probably about ten years now, since I was a teenager and... Read more
I wish I could give more than five stars to "Sexy Feminism!" I thought it was so common-sense about everything, including what it means to be "feminist" in the Twenty-Teens. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by April Blake
If one does a bit of word association with a cross section of people, one is likely to hear some rather unflattering terms. Read more
It very lightly covers the absolute basics. I think it's weak and almost self defeating in its minimizing/excusing of the objectification of females without even bothering to point... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Turtles all the Way Down
I ordered this book because I haven't put much research into feminism and wanted to see what it's all about. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by D4CGurl449
I read this book twice before I typed up my review. I didn't like the book during the first read. The book really complicated my feelings as a feminist, mother of girls, and then... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by J. Aragon
The history and analysis of feminism is facile and lightweight in this primer that boils down to "if you want to do it, that's the right thing for you". Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by brian d foy