Review – We Don’t Need Another Wave

We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists  edited by Melody Berger

From Publisher’s Weekly -

The contemporary essays collected by Berger, an activist and creator of The F-Word, a feminist zine for teens, demonstrate loudly and clearly that feminism is alive, well and pursuing a wide variety of concerns. Sexuality, empowerment, violence, body image, reproductive rights, child sexual abuse, the gynecologist, the morning-after pill, the “Seventh-Grade Slut” and “Sex, Drugs, and the Department of Homeland Security” are all explored, as are the roles of government, religion, and the media. The result is a mixed bag that zeros in on the experience of contemporary women who face a multitude of slippery issues; according to Berger, “the connecting theme is this: ‘I’m a young feminist and I’m going to work it!’” For her, the key is to fire up a movement-not a “wave”-and the 30 voices here, including Lisa Jervis, Alix Olson, Dean Spade and Jessica Valenti, provide many fine starting points. Especially rousing are the endcap entries, Valenti’s short, blunt rebuke of “self-hating feminists” and Jennifer L. Pozner’s plan to reclaim the media for a progressive feminist future.

My thoughts -

I thought this was a pretty decent collection of feminist thought, mostly in the form of essays.  I was entertained by many of the pieces here, and I was definitely given some food for thought by some of the authors in terms of issues I don’t typically think about on a regular basis.  Overall, I’m glad I read this book, but nothing really stood out to me TOO much as being a really inspiring, amazing piece of writing.  There were many different styles of writing and many different faces of feminism present in this collection, which was nice to read, getting different perspectives and everything.  A worthwile feminist read, but not my favorite thing I’ve ever read in the area of feminist and gender thinking.

Fun challenge alert!

I’ve decided to join Kristi’s What an Animal! reading challenge.  Here are the rules:

The rules are simple:
1. Read at least 6 books that have any of these requirements:
a. an animal in the title of the book
b. an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal that plays a major role in the book
d. a main character that is or turns into an animal (define that however you’d like ;>)).

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragons, mermaids, centaurs, fairies, vampires…you get the idea…

3. Challenge runs from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. You can still sign up after July 1st as long as you can get 6 books read by June 30th ;>).
4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.
5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or just list them as you find them.
6. Books may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).
7. Crossover books with other challenges is permitted and encouraged.
8. You don’t have to blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
9. Sign up with Mr. Linky below. Please sign up with the specific post announcing the challenge if you are a blogger. If you do not blog, sign up with your name and leave the URL field blank. Thanks!
10. Have fun!!

And here is my list:

1. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Volume 1 by Diana Wynne Jones (cat on the cover)

2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (lizard on the cover)

3. The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan (birds on the cover)

4.  The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle (horse on the cover)

5.  And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson (beetle on the cover)

6.  God’s Politics by Jim Wallis (elephant and donkey on the cover)

My challenge shelf is definitely explanding at a rapid rate… hopefully I can actually complete the majority of these that I’ve been signing up for!