Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 12, 2013 - Social Science - 224 pages
"We live in a society where sex is used against women as much as it’s used by women. Sexy Feminism calls foul on that (and other) double standards—and makes manifest my frequent observation that feminists are almost always the sexiest people in the room.” —Jennifer Baumgardner, author of F’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls

Not your mother’s feminism! A humor-filled action plan for an accessible, cool, and, yes, even sexy brand of 21st-century feminism

Feminism can still seem like an abstract idea that is hard to incorporate into our hectic, modern lives, but Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph show how the everyday things really 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 constantly 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women the radicalism of the Second Wave is unappealing, and the “do me” and “lipstick” feminism of the Third Wave feels out of date.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.

“Genius! Sexy Feminism is a delicious primer for budding feminists (and the feminist-curious), as well as a sigh of relief for long-term third-wave feminists who long to be understood and are tired of explaining our beliefs. Jennifer and Heather do an outrageously good service to us all by bringing feminism into its sexy, confident maturity.” —Katie Goodman, feminist comedian and actress

What people are saying - Write a review

SEXY FEMINISM: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style

User Review  - Kirkus

A fun and enlightening guide detailing the multifaceted ways women can integrate an inclusive mode of feminism into their lives without compromising their ideals and giving up their lip gloss.Co ... Read full review


1 Why Feminism Is Sexy
2 Our Poor Vaginas
Can You?
4 Vanity Is Not a Feminist Sin
5 Is Dieting Antifeminist?
6 Being a Fashionista Can Be Empowering
7 The WorkingWoman Problem
8 Be a Sexy Feminist Not a SlutShaming One
10 Feminism in the Bedroom
From LongTerm to Lifelong Partnership
The Ultimate Feminist Act
Activism Is Sexy Real Ways to Fight for Feminism
Back Matter
Back Cover

The Rules the Game and Real Life

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

JENNIFER ARMSTRONG and HEATHER WOOD RUDÚLPH are the co-founders of They both have covered entertainment, pop culture, and women’s issues for outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Huffington Post, Salon, and Glamour.

Bibliographic information