Listen Up Voices from the Next Feminist Generation

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2001-09-11
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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A collection of essays explore such topics as feminist politics, sex, racism,areers, identity, and abortion.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Your Life As a Girl
Your Life As a Girl
Curtis Sittenfeld
``Everything about you is horrifying: your voice, body, hair, inability to be witty and panicky desires for approval and companionship.''
Chicks Goin' At It
Anastasia Higginbotham
``Was I a wannabe? A baby dyke? A lesbian chic groupie, flashing in the pan?''
Lusting for Freedom
Rebecca Walker
``By the time I was eighteen I was fluent in the language of sex and found myself in restaurants with men twice my age, drinking red wine and artfully playing Woman.''
Ruminations of a Feminist Fitness Instructor
Alisa L. Valdes
``The gym was one of the few places on earth that I felt I possessed an irrefutable degree of power. It hadn't occurred to me yet to analyze why so many brilliant, professional women were wasting so many hours every week hopping around in leotards.''
Don't Call Me a Survivor
Emilie Morgan
``There was a clock, a digital clock on the shelf by the table. Having the clock there was very important to me. It was my only reminder that the world was continuing as usual, despite what was happening to me.''
Christine Doza
``This is what it means to be an intelligent girl? Listening to bands with female members and wearing a more natural shade of lipstick?''
Weaving an Identity Tapestry
Weaving an Identity Tapestry
Sonja D. Curry-Johnson
``As an educated, married, monogamous, feminist, Christian, African American mother, I suffer from an acute case of multiplicity.''
Two Jews, Three Opinions
Robin M. Neidorf
``It is a contradiction to see the strength of women within the traditions of the oldest patriarchy in the world.''
Beyond Bean Counting
JeeYeun Lee
``Women of color do not struggle in feminist movements simply to add cultural diversity.''
You're Not the Type
Laurel Gilbert
``Neither my brand of motherhood nor my sexual identity were ever presented as options to me.''
One Bad Hair Day Too Many, or The Hairstory of an Androgynous Young Feminist
Jennifer Reid Maxcy Myhre
``Some of us come to feminism because of abuse, harassment, eating disorders. I came to feminism because I hated shaving my legs.''
Ghosts and Goddesses
Bhargavi C. Mandava
``I gazed across the hotel room at my mother, who was sleeping peacefully. Who was this woman? What made her wait an entire day in the rain to be blessed by a dead saint?''
The Body Politic
The Body Politic
Abra Fortune Chernik
``Gaining weight and getting my head out of the toilet bowl was the most political act I ever committed.''
Abortion, Vacuum Cleaners and the Power Within
Inga Muscio
``The fight for human rights does not take place on some bureaucratic battleground. The real fight for human rights is inside each and every individual on this earth.''
Reality Check
Aisha Hakim-Dyce
``I had never thought that my underemployed status would lead me to seriously consider a stint that would require me to shake my breasts and gyrate my hips to the catcalls, whistles and sexually explicit suggestions of men.''
Why I Fight Back
Whitney Walker
``Why is a woman's right to control her body constantly threatened? Whether referring to reproductive rights or sexual violence, the answer is to take control back.''
It's a Big Fat Revolution
Nomy Lamm
``My body is fucking beautiful, and every time I look in the mirror and acknowledge that, I am contributing to the revolution.''
And So I Chose
Allison Crews
``After much prayer and divination, many tears and several horrible poems, I made a choice to bear a child.''
Woman Who Clears the Way
Woman Who Clears the Way
Lisa Tiger
``When I walked in the front door, I saw my mom and I knew. Two years after her beautiful twenty-two-year-old son walked out of the house for the last time, her daughter tested positive for HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.''
Class Feminist
Erica Gilbert-Levin
``One of my (male) teachers suggested to me that the name `Feminist Alliance' sounded militant and conjured up images of shrieking women demanding that men do as they are told.''
On the Rag
Tiya Miles
``We had caused a ripple of interest and criticism among our fellow students, some of whom flung the terms `lesbian' and `angry' as intended slurs. And now, as we prepared to tell them where we stood and where they could go, we felt formindable.''
Imagine My Surprise
Ellen Neuborne
``It is a dangerous thing to assume that just because we were raised in a feminist era, we are safe. We are not. They are still after us.''
Knowledge Is Power
Maria Cristina Rangel
``It wasn't fair that welfare moms got to go to Smith College and idly pass their time studying such frivolities as literature and writing at the expense of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.''
Taking It to the Streets
Melissa Silverstein
``No one should have control over my body but me. For me, this was a clear-cut issue. They were wrong and I was right.''
Bringing Feminism a la Casa
Bringing Feminism a la Casa
Daisy Hernandez
``How do you go off to college, learn about feminism in English and then bring it back to a working-class community where women call their children in from the street at night in every language---except `standard' English?''
What Is Mine
Sharon Lennon
``I thought my mother personified everything I was fighting against, everything I was determined not to be, and I made her aware of that constantly.''
Tight Jeans and Chania Chorris
Sonia Shah
``I had already been away at college for a few years when my little sister unleashed her budding sexuality on my unsuspecting suburban Indian family.''
The Immaculate Conception
Amy Richards
``I am only beginning to realize the advantages I had because I was raised by a single mother. My family has always been a partnership between my mother and me.''
Better in the Bahamas? Not If You're a Feminist
Lisa Bowleg
``My protests were dismissed as militant feminist rantings, and I was transformed from fellow native to antagonistic outsider. It was official: I was now an American.''
Selling Out
Sarah McCarry
``Your revolution starts in your house. It started the day you noticed feminism wasn't such a bad word, the day you started working at a women's shelter, the day you started composting.''
Some Things You Keep With You
Some Things You Keep With You
Ellen Friedrichs
``I wish that these girls who dance with me and talk politics and poetry and school and family would dump the assholes, ignore the cheerleader aesthetic, understand that they can be smart and fun and cool and confident. But I know that they can't all do this right now.''
Betrayal Feminism
Veronica Chambers
``Like many black women before me, I learned the hard way that some people, including many white feminists, like having blacks at their meetings and social gatherings. Whether you were happy there, whether you were taken seriously there, was beside the point.''
Word Warrior
Jennifer DiMarco
``I reclaimed my power, my energy and my life with a passion. I wrote until I cried, until I laughed out loud. I wrote about dispelling pain, darkness, hate.''
One Resilient Baby
Cheryl Green
``At the age of twenty-four I have found some peace and a sense of full belonging, with the help of older women mentors who have connected with me across our differences.''
This Place Called Home
Taigi Smith
``To the untrained eye, we are simply women grooming ourselves on a Saturday afternoon, but beneath that facade, we are sisters seeking clarity and guidance from the extended family we've come to know and love.''
Ariel Gore
``I wrote long narratives and tragic teenage poems. I shared impressions, itineraries, lies. In short, I become a writer. Isolated-connected. I became a writer.''
Contributors 294

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