Review – Full Frontal Feminism

Full Frontal Feminism:  A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti

A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters

From the back cover –

Feminism isn’t dead. It just isn’t very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Feministing.com. Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters. Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today’s young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers — yeah, you’re feminists, and that’s actually pretty frigging cool.
My thoughts –
So I’m a bit biased for two reasons; 1. I am completely an out and proud feminist, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, and 2. I love, LOVE Jessica Valenti, I’m very familiar with her work and I read feministing.com every single day.  So having said that, I think this is a really excellent, very important contribution to the wealth of feminist literature that is out there.  Although Valenti writes in a very casual style, and she is not afraid to throw out a swear word every few pages or so, I think that for this particular book, her style works for her.  She wrote the book especially for teens and young women (perhaps 15-25), and because of that targeted audience her writing style is acceptable and probably works to her benefit.  She’s very relatable and she simplifies and breaks down complex feminist issues to help younger readers more easily see how important these topics are for them to understand and analyze in their daily lives.  She makes feminism seem like the most obvious choice for women, in fact the only choice (and I completely agree with that, I definitely feel that it is the only choice for women if we’re going to understand ourselves and the larger culture), and I think the way she talks about it will help to open a lot of readers’ eyes. 
While I think this is a good start, it is by no means a very intellectual or exhaustive study in feminism.  I think this is a good book for anyone curious about why feminism is important, what it is, and how it relates to their daily lives, but I do not think that it should be the last book about feminism that someone ever reads.  It is kind of like a primer (albeit a hip, casual conversation type primer), and after finishing it if one’s eyes are open there are PLENTY of other books on feminism that should be tackled to really examine the issues in a deeper way.  But really, I’m a huge fan of Valenti and I think she wrote an excellent book that many readers will get a lot out of.
Rating: 9/10
Question – I’m thinking about purchasing another copy and doing a giveaway, simply because I feel that this book is a really important one and I would love to share it with a budding feminist out there.  Please let me know if there would be any interest in this giveaway at all, because I’d be purchasing another copy (obviously, I want to keep mine) so I won’t do it unless people actually want to win it.  So let me know if you’d want to read this book!  Thanks 🙂

5 thoughts on “Review – Full Frontal Feminism”

  1. It sounds good and maybe I’ll get around to reading it. A giveaway would be great, but only if you want to spend the money and the time.

    Speaking of feminism, I was appalled the other day by some of the anti-feminist remarks that were made in the comments section after Lisa reviewed “Eat, Pray, Love” at her website (Books on the Brain). I’m still kind of incensed about the whole thing!

    Gurrl Power!!!

  2. I’d be interested in a giveaway-it sounds like a great book! And I’m her target audience, hehe. But even if you don’t have a giveaway, your review has convinced me to put this on the TBR shortlist. 🙂

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