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DEL-Listen Up: Voices From the Next Feminist Generation Paperback – April 4, 1995
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Vibrant, combative and broad-ranging, the new voices in Listen Up are the best proof yet that the next wave of rising feminists is magnificently equal to its task of creating a movement that should be, in terms of its ideas, always renewed. -- Naomi Wolf, author of Fire With Fire
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The face of feminism is not only that of Gloria Steinem or Naomi Wolf. It's no longer a luxury limited to the white, affluent and professional. This zesty collection of essays by young feminists, edited by Ms. executive editor Findlen, demonstrates that those feminist lessons of pride and self-determination have been thoroughly absorbed. Spunky and original, these women reveal their difference up front. The writers are lesbians and bisexuals, feminists from every ethnic group, teen mothers, rape survivors, disabled women, aerobics instructors, anorexics, self-described "chicks" and punks?whose involvement in the movement signals feminism's evolution from within. The book wants to weave an "identity tapestry," to borrow one essay's title, and each piece uses some real experience to delineate the ways in which the writer's life and self have been informed by the logic and language of feminism. Virtually all depend on the experience of being stereotyped. This collection enlarges feminism's self-image. If the voices here threaten to atomize a collective movement into numberless discrete and personal feminisms, for now they hold and work together, and it's important that they be heard. QPB selection; serial rights to Mademoiselle, Ms., Girlfriends magazine and Cosmopolitan.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Even if you think you know what feminism is all about, one of this book's essays should give you a new perspective. It consists of collections of essays from the many different women that call themselves feminists. From lesbians, straight women, bisexuals, african-americans and caucasians, aerobics instructors to full-time writers . . . there is a lot of variety. One section made me cry and I can't forget what I read in there. Another section made me understand a feminist perspective that I had never understood before. If you are a feminist, some of this book may be self-affirming. If you are not yet a feminist, maybe you will learn that you can be one without losing any of your ideals. There is room for everyone in this book.
She continues, “The writers in this collection have done a lot of thinking about their identities as young feminists. Several write about the ongoing process of integrating their feminist identities with ethnic, racial, religious, sexual, regional, class and other identities… some young women do fear the feminist label, largely because of the stereotypes and distortions that still abound… One thing that becomes clear in reading these essays is that there’s no singular ‘young feminist’ take on the world… It is clear that the kinds of experiences that lead young women to feminism are often similar to those that have always led women into feminism, even though the personal circumstances and social context may differ.” (Pg. xiv-xv)
She concludes, “This country hasn’t heard enough from young feminists. We’re here, and we have a lot to say about our ideas and hopes and struggles and our place within feminism… This collection gives voice to young feminists’ personal experiences because they have often been, and continue to be, our point of entry into feminism… My hope is that this anthology … will serve as a catalyst for consciousness, action and, ultimately, change in the lives of young women and those whose lives we touch.” (Pg. xvi)
Essays included in the collection are “Betrayal Feminism”; “It’s a Big Fat Revolution”; “Lessons from a Young Feminist Collective”; “Don’t Call Me a Survivor”; “Why I Fight Back”; “Two Jews, Three Opinions”; “Bloodlove,” and many more.
To give you a brief idea of what is contained herein, here are a few quotes: “It was with this feeling of disappointment and betrayal that I read Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth. Surely, Wolf would address how the tyranny of the beauty myth had scarred so many women of color---not only black women, but Asian, Latina and American Indian women as well. She did not. And as far as I could tell… neither the white press nor the black press called her on it. Furthermore, Wolf made the classic mistake of positing blacks versus women as if six percent of the population… were not both… As for the rigidity of corporate society, Wolf does not even give voice to the many ways that black women ARE instructed to look as ‘white’ as possible, especially with regard to their hair… In a book full of figures and facts and well-documented research, Wolf committed a classic act of betrayal feminism.” (Pg. 26-27) [Veronica Chambers]
Lisa Bowleg says, “The radical feminist quest to eradicate patriarchy has astounding implications for transforming the society that we now dread into one that is better for all women, men and children. However, feminists will not effect this transformation by insulating ourselves from nonfeminists and, as my grandmother would say, ‘preaching to the choir.’ If we isolate ourselves from others who do not identify as feminists or who know nothing about our ideology, we lose significant opportunities to inform and educate.” (Pg. 51)
Nomy Lamm states, “Where’s the revolution? My body is f_____g beautiful, and every time I look in the mirror and acknowledge that, I am contributing to the revolution.” (Pg. 90)
This is one of the best anthologies of writings by young feminists (and nonfeminists), and will be of great interest to anyone wanting insights into the minds of creative young women.
Nommy Lamm's essay on intersecting disability identity with feminism really spoke to my own experiences. I have discovered that even some feminist colleagues will look down on me after realizing that I am a person with a disability. Alternately, some people with disabilities are not interested in a feminist critique of the state and thus do not consider themselves part of this social movement.
However important the disability rights movement of the 1970's---overemphasis on their acchievements ignores the perspective our generation has precisely as a result of growing up with non-discrimination laws AND lingering discrimination. At the same time, I do have privllege because my own disabilities are generally hidden---and I can 'pass' for the so-called normal person.
Indispensible and thought provoking essays from various backgrounds show how women do feminism gen-x style. A definite solace to those of us remaining unconvinced of the Spice Girl's "Girl Power" mantra.