Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition]: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

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Macmillan, Mar 2, 2010 - Social Science - 418 pages

In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA, it seemed that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads; "girl power" feminists were obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW had lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist hub, all the while proving that these snags had not imperiled the future of the feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers, and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature.

In the decade since Manifesta was published, the world has changed in ways both promising and disheartening for the feminist cause. Despite major strides forward, the wage gap remains vast; many feminist publications have died; shame around abortion has lingered and '90s-style anti-abortion terrorism has reemerged. Many of the points first raised so bravely in Manifesta remain urgent—namely, why it's still critical for today's young women to focus on gender. This tenth anniversary edition of Manifesta, complete with updated back matter, commentary from the authors, and a provocative new preface, shows why the issues first raised by Baumgardner and Richards remain as timely as ever.

 

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Contents

PROLOGUE A Day Without Feminism
3
ONE The Dinner Party
11
TWO What Is Feminism?
50
THREE Feminists Want to Know Is the Media Dead?
87
FOUR Girl Youll Be a Woman Soon
126
FIVE Barbie vs the Menstrual Kit
167
SIX Thou Shalt Not Become Thy Mother
202
SEVEN Whos Afraid of Katie Roiphe?
235
EPILOGUE A Day with Feminism
315
Appendix 1 Manifestas Timeline
325
Appendix 2 A Young Womans Guide to RevolutionChapter by Chapter
343
Appendix 3 How to Put the Participatory Back into Participatory Democracy
383
Notes
389
Manifestas Lexicon
397
Bibliography
403
Index
413

EIGHT What Is Activism?
267

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About the author (2010)

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards are the coauthors of Manifesta (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots (FSG, 2005) and the owners of the feminist speaker's bureau Soapbox, Inc.: Speakers Who Speak Out. Both live in New York City.

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