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Catching a wave : reclaiming feminism for the 21st century
Dicker, Rory Cooke, 1969-
Publication Information:
Boston : Northeastern University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
x, 338 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / Rory Dicker, Alison Piepmeier ; NEEDING FEMINISM-- The "big lie": false feminist death syndrome, profit, and the media / Jennifer L. Pozner -- In a word, Baywatch / Susannah B. Mintz -- Reviving Lolita; or, because junior high is still hell / Alyssa Harad ; COMING TO FEMINISM -- "That's not fair!": nurturing girls' natural feminism / Nancy Gruver -- Voices and visions: a mother and daughter discuss coming to feminism and being feminist / Roxanne Harde, Erin Harde -- Please, stop thinking about tomorrow: building a feminist movement on college campuses for today / Sarah Boonin ; RECOGNIZING FEMINISM -- Who's the next Gloria?: the quest for the third wave superleader / Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards -- Buffy the vampire slayer: the next generation of television / Michele Byers -- Third World, third wave feminism(s): the evolution of Arab American feminism / Susan Muaddi Darraj ; REDEFINING FEMIINISM -- Feminism's family problem: feminist generations and the mother-daughter trope / Astrid Henry -- Do the ladies run this ...?: some thoughts on hip-hop feminism / Gwendolyn D. Pough -- The transfeminist manifesto / Emi Koyama ; DOING FEMINISM -- Hearing the daughter voice: the Bat Kol as Rrrabbi Grrrl / Alana Suskin -- Rocking the gender order / Mimi Schippers -- Pranks and fake porn: doing feminism my way / Kristina Sheryl Wong -- Afterword / Katha Pollitt, Amy Baumgardner.

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Young women today have benefited from the strides made by grassroots social activists in the 1960s and 1970s, yet they are hesitant to identify themselves as feminists and seem apathetic about carrying the torch of older generations to redress persistent sexism and gender-based barriers. Contesting the notion that we are in a post-feminist age, this provocative collection of original essays identifies a third wave of feminism. The contributors argue that the next generation needs to develop a politicized, collective feminism that both builds on the strategies of second wave feminists and is grounded in the material realities and culture of the twenty-first century.

Organized in five sections that mirror the stages of consciousness-raising, this is an engaging, often edgy, look at a broad range of perspectives on the diversity, complexity, multiplicity, and playfulness of the third wave. It is also a call to action for new voices to redefine a feminism that is not only personally aware but also politically involved.

Author Notes

Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms,' 'Harper's,' and 'Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This collection of original essays about the "third wave" of feminism addresses the concerns of young feminists today. Edited and introduced by Dicker (English, Westminster Coll.) and Piepmeier (women's studies, Vanderbilt Univ.), the essays focus on consciousness-raising through philosophy, world reality, and history. The premise is that a new generation of feminists is much needed to eradicate the pervasive sexism of our culture. Included are timely pieces that regard such topics as the role of feminism in the Middle East, the importance of developing feminist movements on college campuses, and the quest for a third-wave super-leader. Interspersed among the more serious essays are such delights as an analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a discussion of hip-hop feminism, and a look at a mail-order bride/fake porn satirical web site ( Intended for those with a serious interest in women's studies, the book is well organized and detailed and contains an extensive bibliography. Essential for academic institutions, it is also recommended for public libraries to complement their feminist collections.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

These 16 essays by young feminist scholars and activists who share a common belief in the transformative potential of what has been called the "third wave"--a new feminist generation that came of age in the 1990s--come mainly from the fields of English and media studies. Coming to feminist consciousness "in a world shaped by technology, global capitalism, and multiple models of sexuality," their feminism is informed by (and sometimes constructed in reaction to) the theories of postmodernists, poststructuralists, and older feminist academics. The coeditors describe the necessity for continuing feminist engagement, the process of becoming a feminist, the variety of feminist activities, the ongoing revision and continuing revitalization of feminist discourse, and young feminists' activism. Contributors focus on various aspects of the backlash against feminism, representation of women in media, generational connections and ruptures among feminists, and the possibilities for activism. The pieces are generally well written and engaging, and more textually consistent than is often the case for collections. However, given the incredible number of works in the fields of gender and women's studies that have been published in the last ten years alone, this reviewer was surprised by the limited bibliographies in some of these essays. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Most levels and collections. N. B. Rosenthal SUNY at Stony Brook

Table of Contents

Rory Dicker and Alison PiepmeierJennifer L. PoznerSusannah B. MintzAlyssa HaradNancy GruverRoxanne Harde and Erin HardeSarah BooninJennifer Baumgardner and Amy RichardsMichele ByersSusan Muaddi DarrajAstrid HenryGwendolyn D. PoughEmi KoyamaAlana SuskinMimi SchippersKristina Sheryl WongKatha Pollitt and Jennifer Baumgardner
Introductionp. 3
1 Needing Feminism
The "Big Lie": False Feminist Death Syndrome, Profit, and the Mediap. 31
In a Word, Baywatchp. 57
Reviving Lolita; or, Because Junior High Is Still Hellp. 81
2 Coming to Feminism
"That's Not Fair!" Nurturing Girls' Natural Feminismp. 101
Voices and Visions: A Mother and Daughter Discuss Coming to Feminism and Being Feministp. 116
Please--Stop Thinking about Tomorrow: Building a Feminist Movement on College Campuses for Todayp. 138
3 Recognizing Feminism
Who's the Next Gloria? The Quest for the Third Wave Superleaderp. 159
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Next Generation of Televisionp. 171
Third World, Third Wave Feminism(s): The Evolution of Arab American Feminismp. 188
4 Redefining Feminism
Feminism's Family Problem: Feminist Generations and the Mother-Daughter Tropep. 209
Do the Ladies Run This ...? Some Thoughts on Hip-Hop Feminismp. 232
The Transfeminist Manifestop. 244
5 Doing Feminism
Hearing the Daughter Voice: The Bat Kol as Rrrabbi Grrrlp. 263
Rocking the Gender Orderp. 279
Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Wayp. 294
Afterwordp. 309
Bibliographyp. 321
Contributorsp. 327
Indexp. 333