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.