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Full frontal feminism : a young woman's guide to why feminism matters
Valenti, Jessica, author.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, [2014]

Physical Description:
279 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
You're a hardcore feminist. I swear -- Feminists do it better (and other sex tips) -- Pop culture gone wild -- The blame (and shame) game -- If these uterine walls could talk -- Material world -- My big fat unnecessary wedding and other dating diseases -- ""Real" women have babies -- I promise I won't say "herstory" -- Boys do cry -- Beauty cult -- Sex and the city voters, my ass -- A quick academic aside -- Get to it.
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HQ1155 .V35 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1155 .V35 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HQ1155 .V35 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1155 .V35 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1155 .V35 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Newly revised and updated, the #1 must-read book for a new generation of feminists who refuse to accept anything less than equality and justice for all women
Now in its updated second edition, Full Frontal Feminism embodies the forward-looking messages that bestselling author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Smart and relatable, the book serves as a complete guide to the issues that matter to today's young women, including health, equal pay, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, sexual independence and safety, the influence of pop culture, and more.

Chapters include:

You're a Hardcore Feminist. I Swear.
Feminists Do It Better (and Other Sex Tips)
Pop Culture Gone Wild
The Blame (and Shame) Game
If These Uterine Walls Could Talk
Material World
My Big Fat Unnecessary Wedding and Other Dating Diseases
"Real" Women Have Babies
I Promise I Won't Say "Herstory"
Boys Do Cry
Beauty Cult
Sex and the City Voters, My Ass
A Quick Academic Aside
Get to It

Since its original publication, Full Frontal Feminism has informed, inspired, and assured readers with the ultimate message of truth: You a feminist, and that's pretty cool.

Author Notes

Jessica Valenti, called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian, is the bestselling author of four books on feminism, politics, and culture. Jessica is also the founder of, which Columbia Journalism Review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media." Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon, and Bitch magazine.

Jessica received her Masters degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Boston.

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Library Journal Review

Of these three takes on modern feminism, Siegel's Sisterhood Interrupted is the most serious and the most satisfying. Siegel (fellow, Woodhull Inst. for Ethical Leadership; coeditor, Only Child), a thirtysomething writer who is also on the staff of the National Council for Research on Women, offers young feminists a brief history of second-wave feminism and the older generation an interpretation of third-wave feminism. She hopes to overcome the divide afflicting the modern women's movement: second-wavers feeling slighted by young feminists unwilling simply to follow their lead, third-wavers resentful of criticism coming from women who act like mother-surrogates when not actually their mothers. The conflict arises in part from the in-your-face sexuality of some young feminists, supposedly anathema to second-wavers. Part of Siegel's mission is to demonstrate that internal conflict among feminists is not new and can inspire rather than impede progress. Valenti, is a third-wave feminist reacting, in her book, to the reluctance of young women to identify themselves as feminists. She wants to persuade them that feminism is "needed and relevant, but also-so damn cool." A feminist blogger, Valenti addresses many issues of consequence to young women: sex, birth control, abortion, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, beauty, and consumption. Her patois, however, will not appeal to every reader: Change your last name to your new husband's? "Hyphenate, bitch!" Feeling sexually confused? Feminism will counter those "fucked-up messages about sex." Journalist and self-identified second-wave feminist Maushart tackles the problem that feminism has not made women happy. In a smart-alecky, unsourced, contradictory meditation that pays little heed to those women faced with daily struggles for survival, Maushart, who now lives in Australia (where her book was first published in 2005), concludes that "what women want next is the courage to choose fearlessly, and the wisdom to choose well." "Women now have . . . the power to shape their own destinies," she asserts. "Living well . . . really is the best revenge." These are lessons we already know; little in this book will prove useful to most women. Most public libraries will want the Siegel book; a few may want Valenti's.-Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

New Introductionp. 1
1 You're a Hardcore Feminist. I Swearp. 5
2 Feminists Do It Better (And Other Sex Tips)p. 19
3 Pop Culture Gone Wildp. 43
4 The Blame (And Same) Gamep. 63
5 If These Uterine Walls Could Talkp. 85
6 Material Worldp. 115
7 My Big Fat Unnecessary Wedding and Other Dating Diseasesp. 135
8 "Real" Women Have Babiesp. 157
9 I Promise Won't Say "Herstory"p. 171
10 Boys Do Cryp. 189
11 Beauty Cultp. 203
12 Sex and the City Voters, My ASSp. 219
13 A Quick Academic Asidep. 233
14 Get to Itp. 243
Resourcesp. 257