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Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

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Young women today live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards examine the snags in the movement — from the dissolution of Riot Grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe — and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder. In contrast, they show the vibrance with which the movement has evolved, detail important political goals that still need to be achieved, and spell out what a world with true equality would look like.

With its spirited and assured mix of history, politics, and popular culture, as well as extensive activist resources, Manifesta is a book every young woman should own.

Review:

"Two youthful alumnae of Ms. magazine present not a manifesto, but a talky defense of contemporary feminism, directed in part at disappointed Second Wave foremothers. Arguing that feminism is already all around us, the heart of the book is a long, unbridled paean to tough and sexy 'girlie culture,' as represented by Xena, Ally McBeal, the Spice Girls and little girls wearing Mia Hamm jerseys." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters." Andrea Dworkin

Review:

"...With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest evolution." Gloria Steinem

Review:

"An important and much-needed book, one that somehow manages to inspire, entertain and enlighten." Lisa Goodman, Philadelphia Weekly Paper

Synopsis:

A powerful indictment from within of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to arms

From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA--everywhere you look, girl culture is clearly ascendant. Young women live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards show the snags in each feminist hub--from the dissolution of riot grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf--and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder.

In an intelligent and incendiary argument, Baumgardner and Richards address issues instead of feelings and the political as well as the personal. They describe the seven deadly sins the media commits against feminism, provide keys to accessible and urgent activism, discuss why the ERA is still a relevant and crucial political goal, and spell out what a world with equality would look like. They apply Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, all the while maintaining that the answer to feminism's problems is still feminism.

Jennifer Baumgardner is a former editor at Ms. She writes regularly for The Nation, Jane, Glamour, and Out.  She is the author of Look Both Ways.

Amy Richards is a contributing editor at Ms. who heads the Third Wave, an activist group for young women.  She is the author Opting In.

They are the co-authors of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, as well as the founders of Soapbox, Inc., a speakers' bureau representing outspoken experts with a progressive take on current events and culture.
Deftly applying Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, Baumgardner and Richards offer a perceptive indictment from within of the current state of feminismand an incendiary call to arms. They show the vibrance from which the movement has evolved, detail important political goals that still need to be achieved, and spell out what a world with true equality would be like.

Deftly applying Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, Baumgardner and Richards offer a perceptive indictment from within of the current state of feminismand an incendiary call to arms. They show the vibrance from which the movement has evolved, detail important political goals that still need to be achieved, and spell out what a world with true equality would be like.

"Manifesta is a breath of fresh air. At last, Gen X takes on feminism and revamps a feminist manifesto for a new era. A jolt, a resource, a timeline, and a challenge, Manifesta is readable, well-informed, and necessary to any young womanor manwho craves gender equality."Naomi Wolf

"[The authors] have sorted out the fruits of this wave of feminismintended and unintended, media mess and truthfor a new generation. With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest revolution."Gloria Steinem

"Great news from the frontfeminism lives! Bold, independent, generous, and cautionary, Manifesta leaves no doubt that for a new generation of women the F-word is not only speakable but shoutable and singable. To learn the tune and catch the beat, read this book."Alix Kates Shulman

"Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters."Andrea Dworkin

"A reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide for both burgeoning and seasoned Third Wave feminists."Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal

Synopsis:

A powerful indictment from within of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to arms

From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA--everywhere you look, girl culture is clearly ascendant. Young women live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards show the snags in each feminist hub--from the dissolution of riot grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf--and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder.

In an intelligent and incendiary argument, Baumgardner and Richards address issues instead of feelings and the political as well as the personal. They describe the seven deadly sins the media commits against feminism, provide keys to accessible and urgent activism, discuss why the ERA is still a relevant and crucial political goal, and spell out what a world with equality would look like. They apply Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, all the while maintaining that the answer to feminism's problems is still feminism.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 403-410) and index.

About the Author

Jennifer Baumgardner is a former editor at Ms. and writes regularly for The Nation, Jane, Glamour, and Out. Amy Richards is a contributing editor at Ms. and heads the Third Wave, an activist group for young women.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374526221
Subtitle:
Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
Author:
Baumgardner, Jennifer
Author:
Baumgardner, Jennifer
Author:
Richards, Amy
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Feminism -- United States.
Subject:
Young women -- United States -- Attitudes.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
P-10
Publication Date:
20001004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Appendix, Bibliography
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.26 x 6.41 x 1.2 in

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"Review" by , "Two youthful alumnae of Ms. magazine present not a manifesto, but a talky defense of contemporary feminism, directed in part at disappointed Second Wave foremothers. Arguing that feminism is already all around us, the heart of the book is a long, unbridled paean to tough and sexy 'girlie culture,' as represented by Xena, Ally McBeal, the Spice Girls and little girls wearing Mia Hamm jerseys."
"Review" by , "Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters."
"Review" by , "...With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest evolution."
"Review" by , "An important and much-needed book, one that somehow manages to inspire, entertain and enlighten."
"Synopsis" by ,
A powerful indictment from within of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to arms

From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA--everywhere you look, girl culture is clearly ascendant. Young women live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards show the snags in each feminist hub--from the dissolution of riot grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf--and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder.

In an intelligent and incendiary argument, Baumgardner and Richards address issues instead of feelings and the political as well as the personal. They describe the seven deadly sins the media commits against feminism, provide keys to accessible and urgent activism, discuss why the ERA is still a relevant and crucial political goal, and spell out what a world with equality would look like. They apply Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, all the while maintaining that the answer to feminism's problems is still feminism.

Jennifer Baumgardner is a former editor at Ms. She writes regularly for The Nation, Jane, Glamour, and Out.  She is the author of Look Both Ways.

Amy Richards is a contributing editor at Ms. who heads the Third Wave, an activist group for young women.  She is the author Opting In.

They are the co-authors of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, as well as the founders of Soapbox, Inc., a speakers' bureau representing outspoken experts with a progressive take on current events and culture.
Deftly applying Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, Baumgardner and Richards offer a perceptive indictment from within of the current state of feminismand an incendiary call to arms. They show the vibrance from which the movement has evolved, detail important political goals that still need to be achieved, and spell out what a world with true equality would be like.

Deftly applying Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, Baumgardner and Richards offer a perceptive indictment from within of the current state of feminismand an incendiary call to arms. They show the vibrance from which the movement has evolved, detail important political goals that still need to be achieved, and spell out what a world with true equality would be like.

"Manifesta is a breath of fresh air. At last, Gen X takes on feminism and revamps a feminist manifesto for a new era. A jolt, a resource, a timeline, and a challenge, Manifesta is readable, well-informed, and necessary to any young womanor manwho craves gender equality."Naomi Wolf

"[The authors] have sorted out the fruits of this wave of feminismintended and unintended, media mess and truthfor a new generation. With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest revolution."Gloria Steinem

"Great news from the frontfeminism lives! Bold, independent, generous, and cautionary, Manifesta leaves no doubt that for a new generation of women the F-word is not only speakable but shoutable and singable. To learn the tune and catch the beat, read this book."Alix Kates Shulman

"Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters."Andrea Dworkin

"A reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide for both burgeoning and seasoned Third Wave feminists."Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal

"Synopsis" by ,
A powerful indictment from within of the current state of feminism, and a passionate call to arms

From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA--everywhere you look, girl culture is clearly ascendant. Young women live by feminism's goals, yet feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists appear to be obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW are so battle weary they've lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards show the snags in each feminist hub--from the dissolution of riot grrrls into the likes of the Spice Girls, to older women's hawking of young girls' imperiled self-esteem, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe and Naomi Wolf--and prove that these snags have not, in fact, torn feminism asunder.

In an intelligent and incendiary argument, Baumgardner and Richards address issues instead of feelings and the political as well as the personal. They describe the seven deadly sins the media commits against feminism, provide keys to accessible and urgent activism, discuss why the ERA is still a relevant and crucial political goal, and spell out what a world with equality would look like. They apply Third Wave confidence to Second Wave consciousness, all the while maintaining that the answer to feminism's problems is still feminism.

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