Monday, October 4, 2010

Full Frontal Feminism

Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
Seal Press
248 pages
Non-fiction; Feminism
2.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: A blunt book about why you might already be a feminist but deny it and why feminism still matters.

Thoughts: At first I was really excited because this seemed like a very readable book.  And it was.  But it was readable like a blog where I expect less cogent writing than in books. I also didn't like the language, which is full of curse words.  I know people talk like that but it doesn't mean they need to write like that.  Valenti is also found of big sweeping statements but doesn't find it always necessary to support them.

I read some reviews that thought it was very focused on white upper/middle class straight women but I thought Valenti did a decent job of addressing the differences in perspective for nonwhite, nonstraight women and highlighting that as a part of feminism that needs improvement.  I mean, that we need to recognize the different backgrounds from which we come and not pretend it doesn't matter.

Overall: Just not very good.

Cover: It's okay.

1 comment:

  1. Too bad it's not good. The cover gives the impression the book might be a good, fun read, but you're right, books should be written differently than blogs.

    I don't consider myself to be a feminist, or I'm a semi-feminist at best.:) But this topic still interests me. Thanks for sharing!


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