Oct 23, 2019
F 'em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls
Posted by Jennifer Baumgardner

From Jennifer Baumgardner, one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism, comes this provocative, thoughtful, often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on contemporary feminist issues.F em is a mix of old and new essays by Baumgardner, ranging in tone from laugh out loud confessional to sobering analysis She investigates topicsFrom Jennifer Baumgardner, one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism, comes this provocative, thoughtful, often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on contemporary feminist issues.F em is a mix of old and new essays by Baumgardner, ranging in tone from laugh out loud confessional to sobering analysis She investigates topics as varied as purity balls, sexuality, motherhood, and shared breastfeeding rape, reproductive rights, and the future of feminism The essays in F em are rounded out by candid one on one interviews with leading feminists who have influenced Baumgardner s perspectives including Riot Grrrls Kathleen Hanna, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, transgender activist Julia Serano, and artists like Ani DiFranco, Bj rk, and Amy Ray At turns intimate, fierce, philosophical, and funny, they are an intimate window into the minds and hearts of Third Wave pioneers Holding it all together is Baumgardner s insightful thinking about what it means to be a feminist today, as she answers frequently asked questions What does it mean to be a woman today Do we even need feminism any Thought provoking and cutting edge, F em provides a clearer and complete understanding of feminism its past, its present, and its future.

  • Title: F 'em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls
  • Author: Jennifer Baumgardner
  • ISBN: 9781580053600
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • F em Goo Goo Gaga and Some Thoughts on Balls From Jennifer Baumgardner one of the leading voices of Third Wave feminism comes this provocative thoughtful often funny collection of essays and interviews that offers a state of the union on con

    Emily Dahl

    I got completely sucked into the world of this book. There were sections that really resonated with me-- and just as many that alienated or fell flat with me. The author fluctuated wildly between "I'm old! I'm 40! I don't understand Twitter and that makes me obsolete-- so I will just listen and repeat what I hear about you young feminists" and "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!! I WROTE TOMES ABOUT FEMINISM BEFORE YOU HAD EVEN BEEN BORN! KISS MY RING AND THEN YOU MAY SPEAK!" Even with this crisis of identi [...]


    Carmen

    A great feminist book that covers a lot of topics. The waves of feminism, women's music, how and why feminists disagree with each other, why feminism didn't fail, how to avoid feminist burnout, patriarchy, chastity balls, illegitimate children, single motherhood, cross-nursing, abortion, multiple abortions, bisexuality, trans-gender, being a lesbian after marriage, what happens when a bisexual gets married, if Take Back the Night is still relevant, and Hilary Clinton. Very informative, and it co [...]


    Katie

    i'm reviewing this book for the winter issue of "bitch" magazine- keep a lookout for it in a couple months!


    Kathleen

    I enjoyed Jennifer Baumgardner analysis on abortion, what makes someone a "feminist," some insightful interviews, and a look into how feminism has changed from third wave to the fourth wave (and discussion if we can even say there is a fourth wave). However, this book still very felt very focused on white feminism, with only a few mentions of internationalist feminism.


    Elizabeth

    F’em is an anthology of short essays by Jennifer Baumgardner about feminism, music, family, and politics. Baumgardner writes in such a personal style that the book reads like a memoir, even though not all of the writing is autobiographical.Interview subjects include rock stars like Bjork, Kathleen Hanna, Ani DiFranco and Amy Ray, whom Baumgardner previously dated. The book covers issues like abortion, feminist critiques of popular culture, transfeminism, anti-rape activism and female sexuality [...]


    Elizabeth Phelps

    I enjoyed this book. A collection of essays--some new, some from Baumgardner's archives--about the current state of feminism. The few interviews she has are pretty interesting: one with Shelby Knox (teenage feminist who advocated for comprehensive sex ed), one with Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls and Baumgardner's ex-girlfriend), and a few others. The "Gaga" in the title references the murky water of trying to define feminism and who can call themselves a feminist (Is Lady Gaga a feminist? Is Sarah [...]


    Emily

    Great book! A series of essays and articles written for various magazines from a feminist writer and activist. Interspersed with the essays, are interviews with some wonderful feminist authors, musicians, and activists. OKay, okay, I was totally starstruck by the fact that Jennifer had a five year relationship with Amy Ray. I also had no idea that Ani DiFranco wrote the introduction to Birth Matters and is deeply involved with the home birth movement.Jennifer's feminism is so honest, personal an [...]


    Ocean

    i really enjoy feminist gossip; which this book has plenty of. otherwise, i'd only give it two stars. i could have used far fewer outfit descriptions & proclamations of the author's relevance--i feel like we, the readers, should not have to listen to that. if you really are as relevant as you claim, we'd already know it! also, i was shocked at what she left in the interviews--like when she clearly gets into a fight with debbie stoller mid-interview. or when she asked kathleen hanna if she's [...]


    Anna

    I loved this book. Baumgardner includes previously published essays, articles, and interviews in this collection that together tell a wonderfully written story of feminism. She does this through pop culture, journalistic research, and personal experience. I learned a lot from this book about the history of feminism, what it means to be a feminist, and that the feelings I have felt about myself and the world are not unique to me. I am not alone.


    Marissa

    Had it not been for book club, I probably wouldn't have finished this book. I liked it just fine, but it didn't feel like a ton of new info. The book is a compilation of previously published essays, mixed in with interviews. I understand the focus of the book is on the waves of feminism and theory, however I would have liked some more stats to add some weight to the topics.


    Tatiana Jimenez

    This is hands down the BEST book about feminism I've read. I highly recommend it. The book is a great mix of essays and interviews with movers and shakers. She name drops a lot of people who have made "waves" and it makes me want to read more about all of them. The book is accessible, gets a little academic every now and then, but overall it was a really enjoyable, smart read.


    Cherie

    B+ Really interesting but at times, JB is a little too much on her soapbox. She has become obsessed with her children and while those essays entertained me less (and even were annoying), but the end I was glad I read this interesting yet rather disconnected book of feminist essays.


    Jayne Lamb

    Or the third wave turns 40a lot of these essays have been printed before, but that's okay because they're all worth reading. I would love to know if Bjork's feelings have changed in the years in-between. Read this book if you were, are or ever loved a riot grrrl.


    Jen

    Some sections/interviews I found very interesting,but a few didn't catch my attention. Not a bad book, but definitely not my favorite as far as fem lit goes. That would definitely go to Cunt and Yes Means Yes.


    Angela Noto

    Went to pick up Letters to a Young Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke and look what I ended up with. Jennifer Baumgardner!! Great book, hard to review when you know people in book(which was unaware of when buying) just liked title and read other articles of Jennifer's.


    Maggie

    I am glad I bought this and took notes. It's a great intro to feminism and has a lot of reading and viewing material references.


    Katie LuckDragon

    I loved this collection. The interview with Kathleen Hanna was particularly enjoyable. A must for any self-identified feminist or grrrl.


    Becky

    This was an easy read and I enjoy her conversational style.


    Pamster

    Milk siblings. Kill me.


    JulieK

    Thoughtful essays on feminism and life, as well as interviews with the likes of Kathleen Hanna and Debbie Stoller, all collected under what just might be the worst title ever.


    Amber

    Pretty interesting. Gave me a few new things to think about. It's kinda fluff, if that's what you are looking for.


    Jamie

    A collection of essays that puts into practice the ideas explored in Manifesta. Very really, very appreciated. :-)


    Kelly

    Worst title ever, amirite? But there are some very fine essays in here, and a couple of excellent interviews. (In the 1996 interview with bjork, she keeps bringing up ghostbusters! Who knew!)


    Joe

    In a word: problematic.



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