Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

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Macmillan, Oct 4, 2000 - Social Science - 416 pages
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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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Wow this book is well researched and pretty engaging. - Goodreads
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So let me just say I had high hopes for this book. It took me five months just to read 100+ pages, it's never taken me this long to read anything. I understand the message the authors were trying to ... Read full review

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While it has some valid points, it seemed idealistic to the point of being ridiculous. It also came across as kind of whiny; "we're young and no one listens to us." I wonder how the authors feel about ... Read full review

Contents

A Day without Feminism
3
The Dinner Party
11
What Is Feminism?
50
Feminists Want to Know Is the Media Dead?
87
Girl Youll Be a Woman Soon
126
Thou Shalt Not Become Thy Mother
202
A Day with Feminism
315
Manifestos Timeline
323
A Young Womans Guide to Revolution
339
Manifestos Lexicon
399
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About the author (2000)

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.

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