Jessica Valenti, Executive Editor of the blog feministing, published a book today called Full Frontal Feminism. She's 28 and is aiming the book at high school and college-age women, but I plan to read it anyway.
There are interviews with Jessica posted today at Salon and AlterNet, and the best bits seem to be exerpts from the book itself, like this one:
It's high time we get past the "I'm not a feminist, but ..." stuff. You know what I'm talking about: "I'm not a feminist or anything, but it is total bullshit that Wal-Mart won't fill my birth control prescription."
Do you think it's fair that a guy will make more money doing the same job as you? Does it piss you off and scare you when you find out about your friends getting raped? Do you ever feel like shit about your body? Do you ever feel like something is wrong with you because you don't fit into this bizarre ideal of what girls are supposed to be like?
Well, my friend, I hate to break it to you, but you're a hardcore feminist. I swear.
For some reason, feminism is seen as super anti: anti-men, anti-sex, anti-sexism, anti-everything. And while some of those antis aren't bad things, it's not exactly exciting to get involved in something that's seen as so consistently negative.
The good news is, feminism isn't all about antis. It's progressive and -- as cheesy as this sounds -- it's about making your life better. As different as we all are, there's one thing most young women have in common: We're all brought up to feel like there's something wrong with us. We're too fat. We're dumb. We're too smart. We're not ladylike enough -- stop cursing, chewing with your mouth open, speaking your mind. We're too slutty. We're not slutty enough.
You're not too fat. You're not too loud. You're not too smart. You're not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you.
...Really, imagine how nice it would be to realize that all the stuff you've been taught that makes you feel crappy just isn't true. It's like self-help times one hundred.
RIGHT ON. It sounds like a lot of fun and I'm gonna run right out and get my copy.