Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy Paperback – October 18, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“What I like most about [Crafting with Feminism] is its throwback feel. Eff the too-perfect Pinterest aesthetic; this tome reminds me of the pre-Etsy era, when 'zines were the norm and crafts were kind of crude (with an endearing, knowing touch of Regretsy as well—ahem, vagina tree ornaments). Viva la DIY revolucion!”—Bust
“In this sassy craft book, pop-culture expert, crafter, writer, and feminist Burton offers more than two dozen DIY projects inspired by real and fictional feminists…. Perfection á la Martha Stewart is not the goal here. Approaching loaded issues with a light heart and sense of humor is the aim.”—Booklist
“The projects in Crafting with Feminism ARE playful and funny, ironic and extroverted, but they also form a very solid, engaged education in modern feminism, body acceptance and body sovereignty....In many ways, Crafting with Feminism acts like a primer for a youthful feminist awakening for the twenty somethings.”—Needle & Spindle
“I don't have time to tell you how much I love this book because I'm too busy crafting all my tampons into my imaginary friends. Also, I'm now out of tampons. Things are gonna get real weird if I forget to buy more.” —Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy
“Crafting with Feminism reads much like Bonnie herself: fun, fierce, and forward. Reading it leaves you ready to DIY the inner bad-ass into your life.”—Hannah Hart, host of “My Drunk Kitchen”
“Crafting with Feminism not only gives you a wide variety of delightful crafts, but it also tries to leave you with some extra skills for the future! Why NOT learn to embroider while plotting the destruction of the patriarchy?!”—Kelly Sue DeConnick, comic book creator of Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet
“Wait...did you say huggable uterus body pillow?...because you had me at vagina tree ornaments. Just as ‘feminist’ is a badge of honor in modern times so is being a maker. Bonnie has married the DIY spirit with a celebration of women. I know what I am doing this weekend.”—Kari Byron, “MythBusters” co-host
“This book invites you to join a community of inspired, creative people who care about the world and want to make a difference one finger puppet at a time. Share your thoughts and feelings about feminism by making art with your hands and join the revolution!”—Diva Zappa, fashion designer & crafter
“This book will help you both make and fly your fiercest feminist flag with pride.”—Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
“Teens, young women, and aging Gen Xers who long for the cut-and-paste riot grrrl era will get a kick out of Burton’s clever, craft-based celebration of womanhood.”—Library Journal
“…irreverent and inspiring book of projects with a saucy, sarcastic bent…. These craft ideas offer lots of fun inspiration for DIY gifts for feisty women, and playlists of movies and music, party themes, and tips to make throwing a feminist craft night a breeze.”—Foreword Reviews
“The change-the-world spirit of feminism combines with the DIY attitude of craft in this irreverent and inspiring book of projects with a saucy, sarcastic bent.”—Foreword Reviews
“This cute little number is lighthearted fare, for the beginner to intermediate [crafter], as long as you have a silly sense of humor…With a forward by one of my favorite Supernatural alums, Felicia Day, who explains strong feminism with whimsy way better than I ever could… Crafting With Feminism is a perfect book.” —Geeks of Doom
“The purpose of this book is pretty clear: to empower women and girls to own who they are and be proud to express themselves through craft.” —GeekMom
“If you have been looking for a crafting book that pokes fun at many of the typical feminist clichés then look no further than Crafting with Feminism.”—BioGamer Girl
“These projects are silly and funny and cool and will make your feminist soul reach for the sequins!”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
About the Author
Bonnie Burton is a San Francisco–based author, journalist, comedian, actress, and show host. Her books include The Star Wars Craft Book (Random House), Girls against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change (Zest Publishing), and Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers (Apress).
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Or in this case, crafts.
Crafts with a sly wink that is understood by those that 'get it'.
The revolutionary 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' emerged around 50 years ago. It is almost 30 years since Tee Corinne shocked the world with the 'C'* coloring book. Long before 'The V* Monologues'. It was controversial, censored, but most of all, a message that women can (and indeed SHOULD) take back words used to demean and devalue, and discover a new reality...that there is a beauty in every inch of ourselves. We are uniquely lovely, with a wide range of how we are designed.
Here we are so many years later, and a book like 'Crafting with Feminism' is both current and needed in the world. And evidently, still shocking to certain folks.
Some, but certainly not all, of the projects have that same sense of the radical and renegade feminist spirit. Others simply please the feminine spirit, such as creating a scented candle in a vintage tea cup.
What it shares with other craft books with various projects is that some you might actually do, others you wouldn't.
The difference is that this one celebrates Girl Power in a fun and funny way. Shocking in a 'big grin' kinda way. A 'You GO Girl!' kinda way.
That's all I can write because I'm off to make a Ruth Bader Ginsburg finger puppet.
While I wouldn't buy it because I didn't find enough of the content worthy of adding it to my crafting shelf, I did like a few of the ideas a lot. The Huggable Uterus Body Pillow, Monster Week Tampon/Pad Case, and the Strong Female Character Prayer Candle crafts were all awesome ideas that I'd actually want to make.
If you're not much of a crafter and want to find some new ways to grow your skills while flaunting your feminist flag this might be a good fit for you. Experienced crafters, I'd call this a library selection if it interests you.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
The concept is light and humorous with a serious edge. It's a Quirk craft book, and they are the great company that came out with Crafting With Cat Hair. Their craft books are frequently aimed for a more niche market. Oh- full disclosure, my daughter, who LOVED this book is right over my right shoulder. She wants to make sure I include all the things she liked about it.
The crafts are light-hearted and mostly easy. Some of them do require at least a passing knowledge of common techniques like basic embroidery stitches. These are inexpensive crafts that can be made with things you may have around your house or the supplies are easily obtainable. If your family is super crafty like mine, you almost certainly have the supplies. No hard to find Japanese glues or fine European threads in this book.
Where it shines, for me at least, is in the opportunity for discussion. Why some of the crafts were included- like the Feminist Badges of Honor can open a discussion of zines, micro-pubishing, empowerment and modern feminism. Leg hair/Don't Care can spark a conversation about how standards of beauty have become so pervasive that shaving for women is considered good hygiene, but the same thing isn't considered true for men.
Heroes of Feminism finger puppets is another great topic. I like the choices as shown, RBG of course, bell hooks and Frida Kahlo, but it opens the door to talk about people like Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lise Meitner and in my family, the history of feminism and the various slogans and battles of each generation. How feminism has evolved and changed through the years and how global empowerment for women has changed it.
None of this is discussed in this book- the book itself is very light. It's a stepping point. It starts with the assumption that you know that things like how your hair grows out of your body is a political statement. The reasoning behind the author's choice of various projects isn't explained. A lot of them are very sarcastic, some are simply silly and some are quite clever.
I do have one strong issue with the projects in the book though, and that's the shockingly incomplete ornament project. I love the pizza bag. I think the badges are fantastic, but I screamed when I saw the ornament. So here's my suggestion for an easy fix- it needs a small bead glued towards the top. I recommend a fake pearl, but whatever kind of bead you think is appropriate. But that ornament needs something at the top, nestled in all the layers. Oh, and glitter is not optional. Everything made from salt dough can benefit from a little glitter.
I also like the insets, with the bibliography for further reading, suggestions for craft parties, feminists worth learning more about and the full page quotes. The introduction by Felicia Day made me chortle madly.
It's a fun book. It's not deep, it's not full of ground breaking crafts. It is cute though.