Here We Are

Here We Are

Feminism for the Real World

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"A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist ... with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including celebrities and public figures, and featuring more than forty-four pieces"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616205867
Branch Call Number: YA 305.42 HER
Characteristics: 218, [10] pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jensen, Kelly - Editor
Alternative Title: Feminism for the real world

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2018

This book is geared toward teenagers and thus the essays and layout were not that appealing to me. There were a couple that I enjoyed, specifically those written by the conservative and the religious.
There are many that take on the subject of body positivity, which is an important subject. And they make me appreciate how well my parents did in this department. Not that I don't have those issues but nothing like those outlined in the pages of this book.
Somehow, even when I think back to my teen years I don't remember ever being made to feel like I couldn't do whatever I wanted or that my opinion wasn't as important as the next persons. I'm not sure if I was just clueless, if my parents were really good at creating a home environment that negated that, or maybe not having a TV turned out to be a great thing. But for any girls out there that feel this way, maybe this book would be good for them.

SCL_BethZ Aug 18, 2017

Wow! Powerful stuff. Still thinking about the poem "Somewhere in America" - if you haven't seen it performed (as slam poetry) - google it, or grab this book.

PimaLib_JessicaP Apr 21, 2017

This collection of essays and art covers a great deal of ground from the perspectives of modern-day, real people of all sorts. Some are younger, some older, some are women, some men, and some other. There are voices you might not have considered, coming from angles that have not been captured for mass-intake, and it's a great book to have in your mental repertoire, for future reference—whether it's for someone else or just for yourself. You'll try to savor it by reading one work at a time, then find you've spent the past couple hours barreling through because you couldn't stop.

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shayshortt
Mar 16, 2017

Kelly Jensen has pulled together a collection of essays representing the many and diverse facets of feminism, creating an intersectional introduction to the movement. Interspersed with the longer essays are short, fun pieces, such as feminist music playlists, a list of “Ten Amazing Scientists (Who Also Happen to Be Women)”, as well as songs, poetry, and a list of the best girl friendships in fiction. While straight-up essays are the most common type of piece, Wendy Xu’s entry “The Princess and the Witch” is in the form of a comic, and there are several interviews as well. Most of the contributions are original, though some such as Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminism: Take Two” and Amandla Stenberg’s “Don’t Cash Crop My Corn Rows” are either reproductions or adaptations of previously published material. There were only a few things I thought were notably absent, such as a piece about affirmative consent to complement the discussion of rape culture. The chapter on romance and sexuality could also have used an essay about asexuality and aromanticism. Overall, however, I was pleased with the diversity of this introduction to feminism, and would heartily recommend it.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/03/16/here-we-are/

samcmar Feb 22, 2017

Essential feminist reading. This book will teach you so much about feminist culture, as well as issues of cultural appropriation, fandom, and so much more. The stories in this book were very genuine, and many of the women in this book are very inspirational.

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StarGladiator
Dec 16, 2016

I have been profoundly dismayed at the non-discourse by so-called feminists, and so-called reporters who are female and consider themselves to be feminists, when it comes to discussions of rape culture and preventatives. Over the past decade, whenever I have mentioned the extraordinary growth in the ex-convict population in the Seattle area, and the origins for it [both Gov. Gary Locke and Gov. Christine Gregroire signed the Interstate Compact on Parolees - - also listed as the Interstate Compact on Adult Offenders, which brought 3 out of 4 ex-cons to the Puget Sound Region, and they tended towards Seattle], they dismiss it out of hand as of no importance. Instead, they lump all males together! Sorry, doesn't track, but is an irrational excuse to avoid any thoughtful action or serious reasoning on a most important subject. [Have heard there are some special programs as well which encourage psychotics to this area, and would believe it from the numerous ones around, but am uncertain if they exist, and if so, what they are called?]

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shayshortt
Mar 16, 2017

It’s not a silly pursuit to read beyond what’s handed to you, to seek out new voices and leap over the usual books everyone’s already talking about and see what you can find on your own. --Nova Ren Suma

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shayshortt
Mar 16, 2017

Whether you identify as a feminist now or are curious about how people come to label themselves as feminists and own that identity, these pieces will help you begin your journey through the various paths, influences, and experiences toward feminism.

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shayshortt
Mar 16, 2017

Feminism is a concept that has been loaded down with a lot of cultural baggage. This collection of essays, poems, comics, and lists pulls together a selection of pieces for a teen audience that aim to clarify misconceptions, share experiences, and reinforce empathy for a variety of journeys and perspectives. The contributors include men and women, cis and trans, from different backgrounds and social experiences, touching on everything from race, to mental health, to disability. The scrap-book style collection strikes a balance, speaking to teens at an introductory level without being condescending, while addressing everything from body image to sexuality to relationships and pop culture.

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