F 'em! by Jennifer Baumgardner
Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls

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From Jennifer Baumgardner, one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism, comes this provocative, thoughtful, often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on contemporary feminist issues.

F 'em! is a mix of old and new essays by Baumgardner, ranging in tone from laugh-out-loud confessional to sobering analysis. She investigates topics as varied as purity balls, sexuality, motherhood, and shared breastfeeding; rape, reproductive rights, and the future of feminism. The essays in F 'em! are rounded out by candid one-on-one interviews with leading feminists who have influenced Baumgardner's perspectives—including Riot Grrrls' Kathleen Hanna, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, transgender activist Julia Serano, and artists like Ani DiFranco, Björk, and Amy Ray. At turns intimate, fierce, philosophical, and funny, they are an intimate window into the minds and hearts of Third Wave pioneers. Holding it all together is Baumgardner's insightful thinking about what it means to be a feminist today, as she answers frequently-asked questions: What does it mean to be a woman today? Do we even need feminism anymore?

Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, F 'em! provides a clearer and more complete understanding of feminism—its past, its present, and its future.

About Jennifer Baumgardner

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Jennifer Baumgardner is the producer/creator of the award-winning film I Had an Abortion which can be purchased through Women Make Movies. She is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (both Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her most recent book is Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007). She writes regularly for women's magazines like Glamour, Elle, and Allure, as well as more political outlets such as the Nation, Harper's, and NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in New York City.
Published September 27, 2011 by Seal Press. 258 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Now in her 40s, writer, activist, and Third Wave feminist Baumgardner (Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics) has "shed the skin of a ‘young feminist'" and become smarter and more sophisticated.

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of F 'em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and So...


- No way - I’ll vote for the smart black man.

Aug 15 2008 | Read Full Review of F 'em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and So...

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