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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (CA); First Printing edition (27 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052016
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arresting, entertaining and serious."--"The New York Times""If feminism is enjoying a revival among young women, much of the credit should go to women such as Jessica Valenti."--"The Guardian"""Full Frontal Feminism" shows us feminism is alive and well and kicking all kinds of oppressive male ass."--Margaret Cho""Full Frontal Feminism" is an irreverent guide to why young women should embrace the F-word."--"New York Magazine"""Full Frontal Feminism" tackles serious feminist issues with a sense of humor and justified anger."--"Bitch" magazine

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Jessica Valenti--called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by "The Guardian"--is the author of four books on feminism, politics, and culture. Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com, 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 New York.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By seeker on 31 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read stacks of books on feminism. And no other book has inspired me more (maybe tieing with Manifesta and Grassroots, read those too). This book is good for younger feminists who need to cut through the rhetoric to the simple truths of why the women's movement is still important. Maybe you shouldn't give this to your preteen daughter, as the author does use some crude language to get her point across, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the book to older readers. Full Frontal Feminism makes you think, and contrary to what other reviewers say, it doesn't bash men and even applauds the efforts of some men and their organizations. But then, the assumption that women are people too may bother some people. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has ever said "I'm not a feminist but..." It's awesome and gives some great ideas as to how to bring feminism into your daily life. Read this book.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kaye L. Elling VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2007
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I really enjoyed this book, as it is a fresh, contemporary look into why Feminism is still as important today as it was 30 years ago.

Valenti has a highly accessible writing style; the prose is fun, contains the odd swear-word for amusement or effect, and shies away from the high-brow academic tone seen in other texts on the subject. This is very much a light "polular sociology" book and a joy to read - I didn't get bored or bogged down in rhetoric too much, even if I did disagree with some of her ideas about hyphonated surnames in marriage, for example.

I get the impression this book is squarely aimed at the under 25 American woman, and being a 34 year old Brit, felt that I was a little too old and too British for some of the issues raised (hence the 4 stars), but was equally glad to see the torch being passed on to a new generation of women, some of whom take a lot of freedoms for granted and who might not be as aware of Feminist issues as they should be.

I would recommend this book to any woman under the age of 35 who is exploring the more contemporary issues facing womankind in the West, and if you have a daughter/sister/cousin/niece/friend aged 16 to 25, this book could change her outlook on life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Jeffery on 19 Sept. 2014
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I should state immediately that I am clearly not part of the target demographic for this book. My impression is that the book is aimed at American teenage girls. Aged sixty-eight, I'm probably more than fifty years too old for this. Really, I shouldn't mark this book down for its not being aimed at me.

I'd also like to say that I agree wholeheartedly with the book's basic message: we should all be feminists. I think that young and old, women and men alike, should all be feminists. Feminism offers perspectives which could enable us to build a better world for everybody.

So, why aren't I giving this book five stars? For one thing, as several other reviewers have noted, swear words crop up quite regularly. As such, I don't object to it. There are a lot of things for which the most vile expletives are entirely appropriate -- the violence and harassment, for example, that too many women face. But the swearing in this book is not of that sort. It appears to be part of an attempt to be cool. If it works, I can only applaud it, but I wonder. Might teenagers find this book patronising? Might reading it prove counterproductive? At my age, I don't truly know the answer to that -- but it's a question mothers should consider before giving this to their daughters.

My other doubt about this book is implied by my heading. It is self-evidently very American. When Ms Valenti wishes to cite an example of anything, she draws it from her own country. Very near the start, she writes of the Republicans and the Democrats, and I had the impression of being drawn into an exclusively American world. Of course, the ideals of feminism apply equally on both sides of the Atlantic, and the generality of the struggle is not limited to a single country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By boots-2000 on 21 Jan. 2014
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I really like Valenti, she writes in a chatty, informal way that makes you feel like she's having a passionate conversation with you, rather than you're reading a lecture. I've purchased two of her other books and really enjoyed them. She brings a fresh and enjoyable take to feminism and I think this book is a great place for anyone (especially young women) to start if they are interested in feminism - and they really should be. The only thing that I dislike is her use of swear words, I think that the language prevents this from being a great book to give to intelligent 11-14 year olds. But that's personal choice, I suppose.

I bought the updated version - the one with the white brick wall with black an purple writing on. Aside from preferring this cover, this edition includes a new foreword and some editing to make it more trans* inclusive. I recommend buying this version of the book.

It's easy to read, informative without being overloading and too academic. It points out things that we just accept and she offers up realistic ways to combat problems and try to change your views and make a difference.

Valenti takes the "sex positive" view of many things, some of which directly go against what my favourite feminist author - Ariel Levy says in "Female Chauvinist Pigs" (which I also recommend), however this view seems to be very dominant in the feminist community at the moment so it's not really a surprise.

I gave her only four stars because of a few reasons:

1. There is still a lack of trans* and LGB inclusion, although she's clearly trying.
2. The mainstream feminist view on sex is tiring and she doesn't seem to truly look at why she disagrees with Levy's stance - which I would really like to have read.
3. The swearing is just a little too heavy and I find it brings the tone down a little and could put some people off.
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