Published by Mariner Books on March 12. 2013
Genres: Feminism, Non Fiction
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Not your mother’s feminism! A humor-filled action plan for an accessible, cool, and, yes, even sexy brand of 21st-century feminism
A Mariner Original Paperback
Feminism can still seem like an abstract idea that is difficult to incorporate into our hectic, media-saturated, modern lives, but Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph show how the everyday things matter. In an age when “concern-trolling,” “slut-shaming,” and “body-snarking” are blogosphere bywords, when reproductive rights are back under political attack, and when women are still pressured to “have it all,” feminism is more relevant than ever. For many young women the radicalism of the Second Wave is unappealing, and the “do me” and “lipstick” feminism of the Third Wave feels out of date. Enter Sexy Feminism. It’s an inclusive, approachable kind of feminism—miniskirts, lip gloss, and waxing permitted. Covering a range of topics from body issues and workplace gender politics to fashion, dating, and sex, Sexy Feminism is full of advice, resources, and pop culture references that will help shape what being a feminist can look like for you.
Sexy Feminism is by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, and Heather Wood Rudulph and is a book that makes feminism approachable for the average person. The name is a bit of a misnomer, implying that this book will teach you how to find love, success and be stylish while doing so, but it was a good book to read.
Normally I wouldn’t touch too much on the authors themselves, but in this case I think it’s important to note that the authors also run a webpage called The Sexy Feminist, and the archives for this site go back to 2005. To me this makes the authors fairly knowledgeable–an important factor in any nonfiction book, really.
I found that this book was informative without being condescending as so many other books are. The authors were honest about how much of this was just their own opinions and feelings and the transparency made this a better read.
The pop culture references were a great thing to have, and I found that as someone who hasn’t done a lot of reading about feminism the pop cultural references made it easier to place into context. It also touched on a lot of things that are important to me, such as makeup and sex, because let’s be honest, I like both of those things and I can’t get behind a model of feminism that says those things are wrong.
I wouldn’t hand this book to my pre-teen daughter to read, but I did appreciate that the end had ideas on what to do next and that included things that I could do with my kids to help them begin to understand feminism and why we need it.