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Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild 1st Edition

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"My hope is that after reading this book, you will have a deeper sense of many of the stories that make feminist history and philosophy, and you will use them to continue to figure out what feminism means to you." - from the foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner"Siegel has her finger on the pulse of one of the main issues concerning women today: generational infighting around the unfinished business of feminism. It's an issue that concerns everyone whether or not they use the f-word." - Catherine Orenstein, author of Red Riding Hood Uncloaked'Sisterhood, Interrupted tells the history of conflicts within feminism without demonizing or blaming.Siegel conveys the excitement of feminism, then and now. She offersan informed and sympathetic perspective on the second wavethat will help younger readers understand what it was like to be part of a movement that planned to change the world.And her framing of contemporary feminism will shape future conversations. Her explanations of what's happening now - the significant trends and controversies within the movement - provide a clarity that's lacking in the work of many feminist authors, from any generation. I couldn't put the book down.' Alison Piepmeier, co-editor of Catching a Wave:Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century

"Someone should make a t-shirt for Deborah Siegel that says, 'This is

what a feminist historian looks like'...a thorough and engaging narrative." - Merri Lisa Johnson, Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, USC Upstate

About the Author

Deborah Siegel, PhD is a writer and consultant specializing in women's issues and a Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She is co-editor of the anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo and has written about women, sex, contemporary families, and popular culture for a variety of publications.  She has been featured on Good Morning America Radio, CBS This Morning, and in Psychology Today, The New York Times, USA Today, Ms., Time Out New York, and more.  Read more about her and Sisterhood, Interrupted at www.deborahsiegel.net.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140398204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403982049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on June 26, 2007
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With a readable, engaging style, Siegel takes feminist history, the good, the bad, and the vicious, and tells us what happened and why we should care. Her very careful, nuanced, play-by-play account of the early years and struggles of the second wave feminist movement, as well as documentation of the third wave's origins and modern incarnations, is vital in an era when women are constantly pitted against each other, whether it's young vs. old, stay at home moms vs. working moms, feminists vs. non-feminists, etc. Siegel doesn't shy away from the truly bitter divides that cropped up in the second wave (and, one could probably argue, were passed down from the first wave and its predecessors, though Siegel limits herself to the 1950's and beyond), and in doing so brings needed attention to the causes women were and are fighting for.

Her point is not that younger feminists should simply be more educated, or older feminists more tolerating, but that infighting is as old as feminism and is, perhaps, good for it in that it helps the movement grow, stretch, change, and evolve. Siegel also tackles why feminism is still important, even if "feminism" is becoming increasingly hard to define, for feminists and non-feminists. It's this very erasure and confusion over the word, its history, and its motives that Siegel unpacks so well. She doesn't necessarily want readers to identify with either the "mothers" or "daughters" here, but to gain a clearer picture of who is in each group and what their main gripes with each other are (as well as areas where they've bonded and interacted).
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As if we needed more proof of the very existence of feminism - and how it has been interpreted through the mainstream culture - Deborah Seigel has handed us a history lesson wrapped in a hot pink love letter. In her nonfiction book, Sisterhood Interrupted, Seigel imparts that not only has feminism had its mis-steps, it's fallen clear away from its foundation. But maybe that foundation needs a shake.

Don't misunderstand me: Seigel's words aren't an attack on the "f-word." Rather, she's building that tenuous bridge between the young and seemingly unmotivated, feminists and their burnt-out mothers. As a 26-year-old, self-identified woman in America, I can look around and see where the American feminist movement has failed my generation more than I can see it's successes, at times. And that's where Seigel makes her best historical point. I, with all my privilege, have the power of choice based on the historical outcomes of the movement. And I have feminists - past and present - to thank for that choice.

Sisterhood Interrupted is a quick and exciting read; Seigel exposes knowledge on where (and why) the movement split, between the more highly profiled Betty Freidan and Gloria Steinem, as well as the justification for retiring some words, like, "sisterhood." "But now I realize that sisterhood is phony. Even when there's consensus, there isn't," says Amy Richards, co-author of ManifestA, in a conversation with Seigel. "I think younger women have a better sense that it is a big façade." This 'façade' is not a backlash, or an attempt to dis-empower feminism, it's just a reality of the movement. We're not sisters based on gender alone or simply based on feminist history. I believe opening the discussion to a few things that have been deemed `sacred' isn't such a terrible thing at all.
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As a 100% feminist, I was really excited to read Sisterhood Interrupted.

For anyone who has wondered what happened to the feminist movement, this book is a great history that tracks how change was ignited by an intrepid "girl" reporter in the 1960s who went undercover as a waitress at the infamous Playboy Club in New York City through to today's generation of women who aren't sure whether to embrace the '"f" word or not, or what it really means.

Divided into two sections, "Mothers" and "Daughters," Siegel traces, among other things, the efforts of Betty Friedan to make feminism a cause that wives and mothers in the heartland could relate to and examines Friedan's own frustrations at the time she was president of NOW about why more women weren't embracing efforts to open doors for increased opportunities.

As one of the many beneficiaries of all the groundwork my "sisters" did to enable my own opportunities, I was fascinated to read about their questions about how best to pursue their quest for equal rights.

Ask my parents, and they'll tell you that there was never any question that I would be a full-fledged feminist with a capital "F" -- a girl from a small rural town who wanted to major in political science, vote as soon as I turned 18, and who was determined to take on whatever challenges came my way. I thank all the Glorias and Bettys who went before me for making that possible.

And I'm happy to say the little apple didn't fall far from the tree.

The other day my daughter asked me to explain why there was a picture of a globe on my T-shirt with the caption, "Women. We'll Settle for Half."

"Why don't we already have half?
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