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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 21, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N33FSON
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Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto Audiobook – Unabridged
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As much as I'm tired of reading about and mentioning Hillary Clinton, the book is especially resonant given her latest defeat. It clearly draws connections between economic policy, consumer behavior, and lasting feminist progress. Despite mainstream feminism being created by and for white, middle-class women, they turned around and voted for Trump. It's hard to think of any greater indictment of the hollow feminism practiced by the Amandas Marcotte of the world that this book takes to task.
Also notable is Crispin's nuanced take on men's role in feminism. In what must be a fairly unpopular passage among Twitter feminists, she calls for men's humanity to be acknowledged and reinforced, and for the outrage culture that gets men fired for saying one Bad Thing to die. (Then again, maybe she's not that nuanced, since she repeatedly tells men that they are not her f****** problem!) Strangely, I almost found myself having sympathy for those "not all men" guys, which I'm absolutely sure was not her intent.
At <$15 and maybe 3 hours of your life, it's a great investment in your intellectual honesty. Buy it for yourself, then lend it to your friend who thinks going to brunch is a radical act of self-care.
In one chapter, she directly addresses her male readers (myself included), where she basically writes, "You are not my f***ing problem." I love it!
Great read. Highly recommend. And REMEMBER: This is a radical feminist's critique on mainstream feminism, NOT a rightwing attack on feminism. This book is not for you if you are conservative and want a conservative attack on feminism. (Though I encourage you to still read it to see where there are commonalities, and where we might be able to unite)
She concludes that the movement has now evolved into one in which ensuring a woman’s choices are not overtly constrained is measured as progress. Some women have been very successful in this establishment model, enabling them to live lives that not so long ago were open only to men. In other words, they have opportunities to accumulate wealth and real choices. But the vast majority of women (and men) do not. Is there value in being allowed to work a low-wage job with no health insurance? Is this really a choice?
“By fighting for your own way to inclusion, you are not improving the system, you are simply joining the ranks of those included and benefiting. You are doing your own excluding and exploiting. In other words: you, a woman, are also the patriarchy,” Crispin observes of women hovering around — or even above — the glass ceiling.
Like many books that seek to re-imagine the future, Crispin presents a strong critique of the past and the present, but the prescriptive sections are less compelling. I did not find much of a manifesto here in any pragmatic terms. But that’s okay. The answers to counterbalancing the current dysfunction of capitalist structures are not obvious. And it's not really a job solely for feminism. Crispin has made a big enough contribution to identify the failures, to remind and inspire us of what the radical end of feminism can — and should — still achieve.
This is an excerpt of a longer review posted on Blowout: The Pumpjack Press blog.