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

Kristin Aune , Catherine Redfern
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10 Jun 2010
Discover the demands of the new feminist movement. In today's 'post-feminist' society, women and men are considered equal. For younger women and men, feminism is often portrayed as unfashionable and irrelevant. But since the beginning of the new millennium a revitalised feminist movement has emerged to challenge these assumptions and assert a vibrant new agenda. This groundbreaking book reveals the what, why and how of the new feminist movement and what it has to say about women's lives in today's society. From cosmetic surgery to celebrity culture and girl power to globalization, from rape to religion and sex to singleness, this book reveals the seven vital issues at stake for today's feminists, unveils the beginnings of a fresh and diverse wave of feminism, and calls a new generation back to action

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.; 1 edition (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848133952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848133952
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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

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

About the Author

Catherine Redfern is founder of The F Word website. Now almost ten years old, the site is recognised as influential in sparking a revived interest in feminism amongst younger women and men. 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'. Kristin Aune is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, where she teaches courses on feminism, gender and religion. She has been involved in a number of feminist groups and co-founded London Third Wave, a networking group for London based young feminists, with Catherine Redfern in 2002. She has published widely on gender, religion and feminism. Her most recent (co-edited) book is 'Women and Religion in the West' (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feminism is alive and well 12 Jun 2010
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This fascinating book examines the state of feminism today and looks at the aims of feminism in the 21st century. It is written in an easy approachable style which does not detract from the importance of its subject matter. The media constantly produces articles suggesting there is no need for feminism today as all the battles have been won; there is no need to hold marches or protest meetings to lament the way women are treated in society today.

But the book demonstrates that this is very far from being the case by analysing the results of a survey and by quoting examples from the lives of ordinary people. It does not neglect the effect of rigid gender stereotypes on men either and frequently highlights examples of stereotypes curtailing the choices men make about their lives. The authors show that feminism is still alive and kicking in the 21st century and is redefining itself constantly to meet new challenges. As other recent books have shown legislation has corrected many imbalances between men and women but legislation cannot alter people's opinions. Feminism today needs to meet the challenges of a much more subtle form of discrimination which because it is subtle and frequently hidden is very difficult to expose and challenge.

The book examines seven possible aims for feminism today:
* Liberated bodies
* Sexual freedom and choice
* An end to violence against women
* Equality at work and at home
* Politics and religion transformed
* Popular culture free from sexism
* Feminism reclaimed
The authors then proceed to examine each of these areas in turn to demonstrate what needs to change if men and women are to play an equal part in society, culture, work, home, politics and religion today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars F-ing great 19 July 2010
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Feminism has something of a tarnished image in today's world. When most people say feminist they think of a hostile woman burning bras and shouting at random men. That's probably why they're figures of fun in today's media (I'm thinking of American Dad's Haley - yeah I'm a bloke, I watch cartoons, I know). This book sets out to convince young people (not just women) that feminism is important and that the issues women were fighting for 40 years ago are still being fought today, despite progress.

Clearly the playing field has changed a bit in the 21st century with nobody allowed Mad Men style antics anywhere but then the case is put forth that a lot of this subjugation is subtle and still present.

Men and women are perceived as equal but women are often paid less in jobs. There are fewer women in upper management jobs and fewer women politicians. There is still violence against women and certain religions still treat women as slaves. The objectification of women's bodies to sell products is rampant.

The book does away with the negative image of feminists, instead asking the reader to focus on what the movement was about, the issues at hand. The stereotypes of women (and men) in the media are challenged and each chapter ends with things the reader can do to change his or her life for the better of women everywhere (think globally, act locally, etc).

It's an interesting examination of the state of contemporary feminism through the eyes of nearly two thousands feminists today. It's easy to read and quick as well at a brisk 220 pages.It's a fascinating, well written book on a political movement that needs to be renewed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed review of modern feminism 22 Oct 2010
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Feminism has something of an image problem these days. Many people have visions of feminism and feminists which grew from it's heyday in the 1970s. Still more people are left wondering what being a feminist means in 2010. If like me you have long had a sense of unease about the roles and images of women in modern culture but were unable to find anything worth getting really worked up about then this book will change all that.

The author starts with a somewhat historical introduction of the roots of feminism and its effects on the world to the present day. She then sets out a list of aims and objectives for the future. Each subsequent chapter is based around one of those aims with a thorough description of the problem in readable way that everyone can relate to followed by a practical approach to solving it.

This book is infuriating largely because it's insightful. I think it would be difficult for anyone to read this and not feel a sense of the frustration felt by the author. On the other hand she refuses to wallow in the problems and is keen to generate a new spirit of positive feminism. She does it very well and the book is a very good read at the same time.
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Not angry, not man-hating, but a sensible, rational look at the state of feminism today. A coherent account of what happened in first and second wave feminism and why we need third wave feminism. A interesting, intelligent, yet easy read, with practical and simple suggestions for how to get involved. Reclaiming the F Word is essential reading for men and women alike, interested in respect for humans! Feminism is not a dirty word and is, sadly, as relevant today as it was in the time of the suffragettes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, thought provoking book. Must read for everyone
I really enjoyed this book. The structure means you can read any chapter in any order. Also you don't get just a negative view, but ideas on how you can take action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CRugman
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginnings...
A decent, middle of the road self-styled primer on the subject. Covering pretty much all the bases you would anticipate from a book of this nature.
Published 17 months ago by abclaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's guide to feminism
Reclaiming The F Word is a good, commonsense explanation of the different meanings that the word feminism has come to have at the beginning of the 21st century. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by J. Charlesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A very timely reminder of something that no woman (or man) can afford...
This is a very timely book that intends to remind us all that we may think we've achieved total equality and that feminism as a movement is no longer needed, but the opposite is... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by Meerkat
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
From the team that brought you the F-Word website, here is a great introduction to modern feminism. It is direct, accessible and brings all the ideas of the movement to vivid real... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars the real F word
This is a non-fiction book and as such, I am not reading it cover to cover as I would a novel. Rather I am dipping in and out of it, reading various chapters and about different... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Green Book Addict Librarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Many statistics, very little substance...
I had really high hopes when I started this book. I wanted it to educate and inspire me, to rouse my passions and show me some of the amazing people today who are fighting for... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2010 by Miss E. Potten
4.0 out of 5 stars British feminism, sponsored by the High Street
UK feminism needs a new publicist. Ask a young woman if she believes in equal pay, freedom from gender discrimination and equal access to health care and she'll say "yes". Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by Rosey Lea
3.0 out of 5 stars Fit for purpose?
RECLAIMING THE F WORD is an extraordinarily difficult book to review. On the one hand, there is its aim to debunk the ludicrous caricature of the crewcut-in-dungarees 'feminazi'. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by Son of Nietzsche
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for sociologists and students of gender studies
Although this book is clearly a valuable contribution to both the feminist movement and gender studies, I have to confess to feeling a little disappointed that it was not more... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by M. Harrison
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