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We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists Paperback – October 16, 2006
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"Melody Berger has assembled a raucous rebuke to anyone who thinks that feminism is a thing of the past." -- Rebecca Traister, Salon.com
"Only one f-word (besides fat) has the power to strike confusion in the hearts of women and panic in the minds of men: feminism. Berger is right: We don't need another wave when this one is just beginning to roll." -- Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life
"The feisty style is anchored in sincerity. . . intensely personal essays make this collection stand out in a crowded field." -- Utne Reader, November/December 2006
"We Don't Need Another Wave flips the bird to those who might protest that feminism isn't relevant in the lives of young women. The voices collected here are simultaneously outraged, snarky, hopeful, and lusty - each one proving that political idealism lives on." -- Andi Zeisler, co-founder, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
"We Don't Need Another Wave gives women a shot of inspiration and the knowledge that sisterhood is still powerful. Indeed, we don't need another wave; we just need to win every war." -- Dyann C. Logwood, founding publisher of HUES Magazine
"After reading Women Behind Bars, one could recite a laundry list of shocking statistics and haunting anecdotes about female prisoners--but where to begin ? Silja J.A. Talvi, an investigative journalist, tackles more than seems possible in one book, documenting the negligent medical care, abuse by guards, and contemptible meals that many female inmates endure, as well as smaller indignities like limited access to soap and tampons. Talvi interviewed hundreds of imprisoned girls and women, and she expertly combines their stories with the disturbing facts and figures that, on their own, don't inspire nearly enough outrage. The author's vivid descriptions of these women's lives, and her exasperation over their 'invisible struggle,' render Women Behind Bars a surprisingly readable treatise on a cumbersome topic." -- -Danielle Maestretti, Utne
Top Customer Reviews
I was hoping for something that was more reflexive and less self-referential, especially since the first two books in the genre had covered that terrain. (To be Real and Listen Up).
This book is interesting and will be hard for young feminists or those interested/curious in feminism. The writing is at times choppy and disorganized. A stronger copyeditor was needed, as some of the sections were rife with cliches and circular arguments that took away from the author's main point.
I enjoyed the book, but it felt like a beach read, a beach read for feminists.
I would suggest Defending Our Dreams or the Fire this Time for more analytical or scholarly work. The audience for this book is similar to Fight Like a Girl or Sisterhood Interrupted, a lay audience or lower division humanities or social sciences student(s).
One of the aspects of this book that i loved so much was the ability of each author to examine the complexity of their situations. There were no clear drawn conclusions based on linear, academic arguments. People told their stories, complex as they were, and the subtlties of their lives were picked apart and examined. People decided to make themselves vulnerable and to tell us like it is, it was very real, very genuine. I was honored to read their stories and would have loved to have had extensive discussions with many of them to hear how various projects and experiences turned out for them.
There was an incredible diversity of essayists, and i was really excited and inspired by the way that so many people were represented and yet nobody was tokenized. It is difficult to figure out how to make this happen and i was thrilled when i realized this was so.
"We Don't Need Another Wave" is a book that i insisited all of my friends read. it is an incredible addition to the growing body of work that represents feminism for what it is and what it feels like and what it actually means to most young feminists today.
update: so, i finally found some time over the holiday/long weekend to finish this book. and i have to say i am both impressed and inspired ... and a little bummed that i didn't at least submit something when the call for submissions landed in my inbox a year or so ago. the authors weave humor, sadness, rage, craftiness, and overall "kick a*s"-ness throughout their narratives, which culminates into this great collection of feminist writing that comes at a variety of issues from a variety of approaches--the way feminism should be (at least in my mind)! (i've also quoted two excerpts of pieces from this book in my myspace blog if that tells you anything!)