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In the '90s, the question on cultural critics' minds, not to mention the cover of Time, was "is feminism dead?" But before any reporter considers writing an obituary, he or she should consult Labaton and Lundy Martin's inspiring book. It proves that the movement's invisibility to mainstream media is a sign not of demise but of strength. The "third wave" (i.e., this younger, more colorful incarnation of feminism) is operating on a level that doesn't fit nicely into sound bites and commercial pop songs. Labaton and Lundy Martin's eloquent and powerful collection of writings from third wavers demonstrates that, above all, the new feminism is multi-issue. This generation isn't content with seeking reproductive freedom or workplace equality; its members want to tear down the prison-industrial complex, heal the wounds of Puerto Ricans in Vieques and take on misogynist rappers. And that's just the beginning. These contributors use personal stories—like Jennifer Bleyer's account of pining for girl zines in suburban isolation—without dissolving into self-obsession. Seasoned writers and hopeful activists dexterously handle such cultural and political issues as the new hip-hop theater, technology, globalization and the law. And where the text gets thick, it is a legitimate heft; these issues are heavy and too often neglected. Labaton and Lundy Martin don't claim omnipotence: "instead of presenting our readers with our singular vision of what we think the future of feminism is, we present multiple (and sometimes opposing) voices that together constitute a new feminist possibility." This hopeful, fresh collection proves that feminism is very much alive and kicking.
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Editors Labaton and Martin were involved in the creation of the Third Wave Foundation, a national group of young women activists that eschewed the old feminist politics in favor of "global humanism." This collection of essays posits a vibrant and diversified look at a burgeoning new movement characterized as "young women's empowerment" rather than feminism. The first section focuses on media and culture and explores the images of women in hip-hop music, the girl zines, theater, and technology. The second section emphasizes global issues, including the impact of technology and the globalization of hypercapitalism on the type of work women do, and the growing incarceration of women and their use as nonpaid workers. Without overlooking the issues traditionally defined by feminism--reproductive rights, domestic violence, and equal pay for equal work-- these essays emphasize a broader perspective on social justice and power imbalances centered on race, gender, and globalization. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (May 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385721021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385721028
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I'm a Feminist . . . I didn't know, but - after reading and the re-reading the essays and prose written and in 'The Fire This Time', I found myself reflecting on what it is to be a feminist, and, to review and think about a new definition of what feminism is as oppossed to perhaps the coined phrase 'women's empowerment'. Nevertheless, I am glad this book was written. As a somewhat traditional man - most but not all sterotypes apply, I found after reading various portions of this book a great need to look at myself, my attitudes, and perhaps my vision a bit more carefully. As a writer myself, I think it is the intent of most writers to make an impact on society's participants: well this book has on me. So, girls and boys of all callings, reading this book might just do you a little good. Well done.
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The Fire This Time is the book that we've been waiting for to counter the misrepresentation of young feminists as apolitical and hapless. Labaton and Lundy have put together a thoughtful anthology that covers all the usual and important topics; however, this anthology reads more authentic than many others.

This book is written for a general audience, but will be incredibly useful in the university classroom. I can't say enough positive things about this anthology. This is definitely a stronger book than Catching a Wave. CAW is also a great book, tho.
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Coauthor Dawn Lundy Martin is one of the founders of the Third Wave Foundation, and has also written/co-written Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, A Gathering of Matter / a Matter of Gathering, Discipline, No Regrets: Three Discussions, etc. Vivien Labathon was the first executive director of the Third Wave Foundation.

Rebecca Walker states in her Foreword, “I have been waiting twelve years for this book… I enter this cramped home of Feminism on the Old Campus… finding only the now-too-often cited group of well-off white women, organizing Take Back the Night marches and lectures on eating disorders, neither of which, in the face of all that is going on, manages to capture my imagination. I am not alone in my assessment that capital ‘F’ Feminism needs an overhaul…”

They wrote in the Introduction to this 2004 book, “During the course of our work with the Third Wave Foundation… we are frequently asked by the media, older activists, philanthropic organizations, and others where the next generation of feminist movers and shakers is, what we care about, and whether or not we embody the Generation X myth of apathetic, apolitical slackers that was created for us to live up (or down) to. People wonder who is carrying on the legacy of the women’s movement, and they look to the same old haunts to find the answers. The problem is, they are looking in the wrong places.” (Pg.
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