By Jennifer Baumgardner
"Young ladies this day dwell by means of feminism's ambitions, but feminism itself is undeniably at a crossroads; "girl strength" feminists seem to be keen about own empowerment on the price of politics, whereas political associations corresponding to Ms. and NOW are so conflict weary they have misplaced their skill to talk to a brand new iteration. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards learn the snags within the move - from the dissolution of rebellion Grrrls into the likes of the Spice ladies, to older women's hawking of younger ladies' imperiled vainness, to the hyped hatred of feminist thorns like Katie Roiphe - and end up that those snags haven't, actually, torn feminism asunder. by contrast, they convey the vibrance with which the move has advanced, aspect vital political pursuits that also must be accomplished, and spell out what an international with actual equality could glance like."--Jacket. Read more...
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Amy’s mother raised Amy on her own, and Jennifer’s mother, questioning the politics of housework, staged laundry strikes. In this new millennium, people are looking back and taking stock of feminism. Do we need new strategies? Is feminism dead? Has society changed so much that the idea of a feminist movement is obsolete? Is calling oneself a feminist redundant? For us, the only way to answer these questions is to imagine what our lives would have been if the women’s movement had never happened and the conditions for women had remained as they were in the year of our births.
Our Bodies, Ourselves doesn’t exist, nor does the women’s health movement. Women aren’t taught how to look at their cervixes, and their bodies are nothing to worry their pretty little heads about; however, they are supposed to worry about keeping their little heads pretty. If a woman goes under the knife to see if she has breast cancer, the surgeon won’t wake her up to consult about her options before performing a Halsted mastectomy (a disfiguring radical procedure, in which the breast, the muscle wall, and the nodes under the arm, right down to the bone, are removed).
Would I hate how she writes—and vice versa? Worse, would she and I end up hating each other? Suing each other? It turns out that there was no spark of anxiety in my own soul that someone else didn’t want to fan into a bright, leaping flame of paranoia. ” I was too polite to mention the eight unread books she wrote after her one groundbreaker. There were more undermining comments, and I don’t know if two men who chose to collaborate would have provoked this kind of questioning, but the point is that Amy and I had to learn to write together, to compromise, and I couldn’t put in a bunch of personal moments from my own life (which are the most gratifying to write).