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THE FIRE THIS TIME: Young Activists and the New Feminism  
       
 

Authors: Vivien Labaton, Dawn Lundy Martin
Foreword by: Rebecca Walker


Binding: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor Books
Published Date: May 11, 2004


 
     
 
 
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Publishers Weekly Review


In the '90s, the question on cultural critics' minds, not to mention the cover of Time, was "is feminism dead?" But before any reporter considers writing an obituary, he or she should consult Labaton and Lundy Martin's inspiring book. It proves that the movement's invisibility to mainstream media is a sign not of demise but of strength. The "third wave" (i.e., this younger, more colorful incarnation of feminism) is operating on a level that doesn't fit nicely into sound bites and commercial pop songs. Labaton and Lundy Martin's eloquent and powerful collection of writings from third wavers demonstrates that, above all, the new feminism is multi-issue. This generation isn't content with seeking reproductive freedom or workplace equality; its members want to tear down the prison-industrial complex, heal the wounds of Puerto Ricans in Vieques and take on misogynist rappers. And that's just the beginning. These contributors use personal stories—like Jennifer Bleyer's account of pining for girl zines in suburban isolation—without dissolving into self-obsession. Seasoned writers and hopeful activists dexterously handle such cultural and political issues as the new hip-hop theater, technology, globalization and the law. And where the text gets thick, it is a legitimate heft; these issues are heavy and too often neglected. Labaton and Lundy Martin don't claim omnipotence: "instead of presenting our readers with our singular vision of what we think the future of feminism is, we present multiple (and sometimes opposing) voices that together constitute a new feminist possibility." This hopeful, fresh collection proves that feminism is very much alive and kicking.

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Booklist Review

Editors Labaton and Martin were involved in the creation of the Third Wave Foundation, a national group of young women activists that eschewed the old feminist politics in favor of "global humanism." This collection of essays posits a vibrant and diversified look at a burgeoning new movement characterized as "young women's empowerment" rather than feminism. The first section focuses on media and culture and explores the images of women in hip-hop music, the girl zines, theater, and technology. The second section emphasizes global issues, including the impact of technology and the globalization of hypercapitalism on the type of work women do, and the growing incarceration of women and their use as nonpaid workers. Without overlooking the issues traditionally defined by feminism--reproductive rights, domestic violence, and equal pay for equal work-- these essays emphasize a broader perspective on social justice and power imbalances centered on race, gender, and globalization.

By Vanessa Bush
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  PRAISE FOR FIRE THIS TIME  
   
  “The Fire This Time will give younger readers company on the road to revolution, older readers the confidence there still is one, and all readers the reward of saying, ‘I didn’t know that!’ This landmark anthology belongs on every twenty-first century bookshelf.”
–Gloria Steinem

“These essays don’t simply tell us about third wave feminism, they show us its breadth and impact. By the end of The Fire This Time you will have a better understanding of the activism that’s required to change the world.” –Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards, coauthors, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and The Future  
   
  “This first-rate collection of writings by young activists represents the new wave of gender, race and class analysis for the twenty-first century.”
–Manning Marable, Director, Center for Contemporary Black History, Columbia University


“These feminists rock.”
–Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
“These voices give us hope that the new wave of activists are not just invigorating the movement for future generations, but making significant gains in social justice at the same time. The Fire This Time is strong and optimistic; a powerful organizing tool that I’ll keep on my desk for years to come."
–Sunita Mehta, editor, Women for Afghan Women
 
   
  “This collection, by an extraordinary bunch of young people—mostly women, a few men—will awaken you and excite you. What they are writing and doing gives new life to the word “feminist.” If their ideas and actions take hold, we could have a different world.”
–Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of The United States
“A feast of original insights and radical acts by some of our generation’s sharpest writers and doers.”
–William Upski Wimsatt, co-editor, How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office
 
         
         

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