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Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement [Paperback]

Catherine Redfern , Kristin Aune
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13 Jun 2013
Feminism is so last century. Surely in today's world the idea is irrelevant and unfashionable?

Wrong. Since the turn of the millennium a revitalised feminist movement has emerged to challenge these assumptions. Based on a survey of over a thousands feminists, 'Reclaiming the F Word' reveals the what, why and how of today's feminism, from cosmetic surgery to celebrity culture, from sex to singleness and now, in this new edition, the gendered effects of possibly the worst economic crisis ever.

A generation-defining book demanding nothing less than freedom and equality, for all.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (13 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780326270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780326276
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Reclaiming the F Word is a positive, upbeat survey of the contemporary fight for women's rights. Feminism never went away, but right now it's more essential than ever. Give a copy of this book to every teenager in your life.'
Laurie Penny

'A lucid and lively examination of the state of contemporary feminism from two women who really know what they're talking about. Most importantly, at a time when it's easy to feel down-hearted about the state we're in, this book is full of hope.'
Libby Brooks, deputy comment editor, Guardian

'If you thought feminism was dead or drawing its pension, think again. Savvy, witty and politically passionate, Reclaiming the F Word explains what today s feminists want, and describes what they are doing to make it happen. Whether or not you actually call yourself a feminist, if you care about gender equality and justice you will want to read this book.'
Deborah Cameron, author of The Myth of Mars and Venus

'The most wide-ranging, the most globally-oriented and in many respects the most radical new feminist release ... Practical, positive, and refreshingly free from navel-gazing. I can t put it any better than the prologue - it s optimistic, rolling-up-your-sleeves-and-getting-things-done feminism
Delilah Campbell, Trouble and Strife

'There has never been a better, more exciting time to be a feminist. This book shows the positive impact of feminism on our daily lives. Reclaiming The F Word should be every woman's - and many men's - bedside companion.'
Zoe Margolis, aka Abby Lee, author of Girl With A One Track Mind

'Anyone wanting to know what it means to be a feminist: read this book. You are sure to be inspired by how necessary feminism remains both for changing societies and liberating ourselves.'
Amy Richards, author of "Manifesta" and "Opting In"

'Redfern and Aune have arrived with their arms full of ideas, encouragement and action for human beings who think that it would be a blooming good idea if everyone was treated equally regardless of their gender ... Redfern and Aune s contribution on women s political involvement provides a robust and important contribution to this rejuvenated feminist debate ... [a] must-have DIY guide to feminist action' --Anthea McTeirnan, The Irish Times

About the Author

Catherine Redfern is founder of The F Word ( website. In 2002 the site was highly commended by the Women in Publishing's New Venture Awards, and in 2003 Redfern was named by the Guardian as one of 50 'Women to Watch'. Now over twelve years old, The F Word website is recognised as having contributed to a revived interest in feminism amongst younger women and men, and continues to provide a voice for the UK's feminist community today.

Kristin Aune is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, where she teaches on feminism, gender and religion. She has been involved in feminist groups for more than a decade and has published widely on gender, religion and feminism. Her books include 'Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization' (2008) and 'Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith' (2013).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, interesting and never simplistic 23 Nov 2013
Feminism as a concept appears to have as many definitions as there are feminists in the world - yet, many of those who fail to engage with it or just downright misrepresent it for their own ends want to cling on to the outdated stereotype as a feminist being a dungaree-wearing, man-hating lesbian. It's easier that way - the more they can perpetuate that stereotype, the more they can ignore what feminism has to say and to contribute, and the more they can cling to their own dogma (which, of course, is never 'dogma' when it comes from them, it's just 'common sense').

Fortunately, this book does a lot to get rid of those stereotypes, and present key principles of feminism in a clear and logical way - supporting the authors' assertion that they are reclaiming the F word and, hopefully, getting more people to embrace it, without not being scared of feminist as a label when their beliefs and actions are actually in line with the movement.

What I like most about this book is its lack of a simplistic narrative. I read a lot about gender in the popular press (well, mainly The Guardian...) and too many people writing on the subject seek to paint with a broad brush and, I suspect, on occasion set out to deliberately provoke. This book doesn't do that. In fact, there is a whole section in there on why the whole 'Men are from Mars, women are from Venus' industry is just plain wrong and damaging to both men and women.

That, I think, is the greatest strength of this book - its inclusivity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this 15 Oct 2013
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This is a really interesting and up to date look at modern feminism. Many of the go-to texts about feminism are decades old at this point and it was really interesting to have the modern examples that were provided by this text. The structure of the book was really helpful as it allowed me to read the areas of the most interest to me, and within the chapters themselves the book was further broken up and the segment at the end was especially useful as it pointed out ways in which you as a feminist can act to try and help with the issues covered by the chapter.

Definitely worth the buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. 17 Aug 2014
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Perhaps my favourite piece of feminist literature.

A must read for anyone who's thinking of dipping their toe in the feminist pool.

Very accessible book and I love how it makes suggestions at the end of each section for ways you can help the cause and organisations that you can get involved in.

BUY IT! You won't regret it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Feminist academics are still being funded by us 14 Sep 2013
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As a man interested in the self-serving academic Feminist Fenominon, I bought this as holiday reading recently, imagining that it would be an inconsequential and easy read. It was. It does attempt to update Action Plans, moving on from the dated Germaine Greer Syndrome suffered by girl dissenters, who would leave their homelands thanks to jumbo jets to go stir up other people's cultures.

Women talking about their Single Issue Fanaticism. Soft statistics and subjectivity based on a survey of (high-testosterone?) women committed to 'the cause': 41.5% postgraduates; 46% had done 'academic study on feminism or women's studies'. Representative?

I have spent over 30 years creating wealth in Industry, and with 100% exported, bringing in foreign currencies to finance Britain. These writers continue developing their utopia in a parallel universe. At least the authors (first time from assertive feminists?) mention the current economic setbacks from (debt reduction and long overdue) austerity measures.

A book for those activists intent on helping to 'liberate' Syrian women. (For the record I have been married to the same woman for 40 years, made easier by the fact she lives in the same reality. My daughter has a maths degree, yet has appeared on Masterchef.)
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