F Bomb

F Bomb

Dispatches From the War on Feminism

Book - 2017
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From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Even scarier, they are also leading the charge to send it to its grave. Across North America, women head anti-feminist PR campaigns; they support anti-feminist politicians; they're behind lawsuits to silence the victims of campus rape; they participated in Gamergate, the violent, vitriolic anti-women-in-technology movement; and they're on the frontlines of the fight to end abortion rights. Everywhere we turn there's evidence an anti-feminist bomb has exploded, sometimes detonated by the unlikeliest suspects. Between women who say they don't need feminism and women who can't agree on what feminism should be, the challenges of fighting for gender equality have never been greater. F-Bomb takes readers on a journey into today's anti-feminist universe. Through a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the new gender wars, Lauren McKeon explores generational attitudes, debates over inclusiveness, and differing views on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She asks the uncomfortable question: if women aren't connecting with feminism, what's wrong with it?
Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane Editions, 2017
ISBN: 9780864929945
Branch Call Number: 305.42 M157f
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 23 cm


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Generations of feminists fought on behalf of women’s rights. Today's political climate being what it is, a number of these hard-won initiatives are again being contested. McKeon notes that many of these anti-feminist initiatives are being supported by women.

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Apr 01, 2018

So, I think the author was writing this book for women like me. The ones who don't really identify with what they perceive as the feminist movement. And she'd like to point out that we really should, despite the confusion and lack of direction.

The author is one I would define as a hardcore or even radical feminist. Maybe it's not a phrase I should use, maybe the term should just be feminist and there shouldn't be this divisiveness or will to break the movement into smaller sections.
I like her passion. Her willingness to fight for something she believes in strongly.

I'm not sure a book like this is going to convince anyone sitting on the fence to become a more vocal feminist or even to start calling themselves feminists at all. She comes across as judgemental to those who aren't like her. To those who hold an opposing view. To those who maybe just want to lives their lives and not fight.

She has a particularly mocking section for those who call themselves anti-abortion feminists. And another section where she roundly scoffs the man-positive movement.
These parts in particular will only make the converted go 'you go girl' and the others more firmly entrenched in their views. So, if she was trying for a change of mind, this might not be the way to do it.

But she holds out hope for the new generation. As do I. I think in a time where more young men and women are watching their mothers work long hours as a single parent or where 2 income families spend more time sharing household chores, where the media has stories about stay-at-home Dads and a movement such as MeToo can bring sexism into national debate, that there will inevitably be a cultural change.
And with activists like the author and the others she lists, working to bring change to the education system and workplaces. I like to think we're still moving forward. Despite the Donald Trump & Harvey Weinstien's of the world.
Would it be faster if we all banded together and said enough is enough?? Yes, but we're human and we're opinionated and we're busy, we're never gonna agree on everything.

So, some of us write books, some of us raise enlightened kids, some of us blog and some of us work the career ladder. As long as there is still discussion and conversation, there is still aspiration.

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