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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Anchor Books ed edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385472625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385472623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Edited and introduced by Walker, journalist, Ms. editor, and coauthor of House and Home: Spirits of the South (Univ. of Washington Pr., 1994), this anthology adds to the growing body of work by and about younger feminists. "An eclectic gathering of folks"?20 activists, academicians, artists?explore the theme of how they define themselves as individuals, against both traditional stereotypes and the feminist ideas and ideals of their parents' generation. bell hooks's "Beauty Laid Bare" discusses the role of material objects in traditional black culture; Naomi Wolf's "Brideland" examines the enduring attraction of the bride image. Other topics include sex in cyberspace, women and aggression, the politics of taking names, feminist hip-hop, how to hold a nonsexist stag party, and the trials of an aspiring corporate attorney. On the whole, it's an energetic and original collection that belongs in most libraries.?Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Rebecca Walker was chosen as one of Time magazine's fifty future leaders of America, one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She has made a substantial contribution to the global conversation about identity, power, culture, and the evolution of the human family through books, lectures, blogs, social networks, popular magazines, literary and academic journals, radio programs, film and television appearances and content development. She graduated cum laude from Yale in 1992.

She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love; and editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, and One Big Happy Family. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, the Washington Post, Bookforum, BOMB, Newsweek, Vibe, Real Simple, Modern Bride, Essence, More and Interview, among many other magazines and literary collections. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fresh Air, BET, and dozens of blogs, sites, and other media.

Customer Reviews

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If you have any interest in understanding contemporary feminist issues then I beseech you to read this book!
Shayne Lee
The information shared was very personal but made the experience that much more personal and eye opening.
Laura Lynn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book offers an incredible look at the issues that constantly face the younger generation of feminists, even those who are male. I think it has been a long time coming, even though she was much criticized for allowing so many voices that seem offbeat to fill the pages. I found, however, that those are the voices of many and they need to be heard. Thank you, Rebecca Walker for such an comforting look that my life is actually normal-my concerns are not only voiced by myself, but by thousand of other feminists across the nation. It is very important to keep the younger generation in print so we do not lose touch with the old school feminists who are dealing with issues that pertain to their ages. An excellent read for just that bridging of the generation gap.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2002
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I read this anthology after reading Gloria Steinem's Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions and another anthology that I think was called Voices From the Next Feminist Generation. Thank you thank you thank you Rebecca Walker for creating a forum for this incredibly diverse and colorful group of feminists who completely reshaped, juggled and challenged every "rule" about what it means to be a feminist. I treasure the knowledge and power I have accrued from reading the first two books and now, after reading Walker's book, I feel that my understanding of gender, race and class issues is even more rounded out. This is a critical book for any feminist and anyone who is willing to read about feminism,(probably to discover that they too, are feminists).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shayne Lee on January 16, 2007
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I'm a sociologist who is currently teaching an intriguing course on Feminist Thought. I adopted this book as a required text and told my class on the first day that this will be the best and most important text we will read. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the essays in this book. Its most important contribution is to present issues that third-wave feminists are concerned about. I really enjoyed Manifesta and other books on third-wave feminism but To Be Real is definitely the best. Walker is an incredible editor and her introduction is fantastic. Angela Davis does a great job at the end of delineating this book's important contributions. If you have any interest in understanding contemporary feminist issues then I beseech you to read this book! Just to let you know, the author is Alice Walker's daughter and is a very very important thought-leader in contemporary feminist thought. I hope to meet her one day and convey how much I gained from reading this seminal (I mean ovarian) work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lynn on February 18, 2005
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I have to admitt, at times, I was shocked by the honesty of some of the pieces in this book. The information shared was very personal but made the experience that much more personal and eye opening. I found myself relating to women and men on issues I had never given much thought.

I particularly enjoyed Jason Shultz's "Getting off on Feminism" and Naomi Wolf's "Brideland." Interestingly, they both involve weddings--Shutlz deals with a feminist bachelor party and Wolf deals with the lure of weddings.

Overall, it was a great book. I highly recommend it. Even if you wouldn't consider yourself a feminist, read it, and you may find out some interesting things about yourself.
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Just finished reading this evocative book and I am compelled to share that it imparts many views [on feminism] that I hadn't even considered. Most certainly, it brings to the fore new/revised theories of "WHAT is feminism and how is it manifest in my life?" From one essay to the next, substantive content reached out and informed on meaningful levels. Frequently I'd pause, consider, read on and take in the many experiences shared. Very well represented in terms of breadth, scope, aesthetic perspectives. A visionary work. This book doesn't compete with the established feminist focus; rather it seeks to make it more practical in the here and now, where feminism's [shifting]relevance and relativity are being addressed both collectively and individually. It gives voice to those women and men who desire to genuinely, fully harmonize/actualize in the world they've inherited from the perpectives they reflect. Definitely worth exploring.
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