FROM GOODREADS: Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does feminism mean to you? What issues and topics are most important to you? What do you hope for the future? These are just a few of the questions Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein posed to the 127 women profiled in this book, ranging from well-known feminists like Kathleen Hanna, Laura Kipnis, Erica Jong, Michele Wallace, and Starhawk, to women who don’t relate to feminism at all.
MY REVIEW: Every March, sometime towards the end of the month, I (single, female, 40s) meet with my accountant (married, male, 60s). We sit across from each other at his desk, he eyes my left hand and asks, “Married, yet?” And every March, I respond — enthusiastically — “No!” He never knows what to say next, so I add “I own my own house. I run my own business. I love my life.” He never understands, I doubt he ever will.
Am I a feminist? I don’t know — but it’s a question I’ve been thinking about since reading Girldrive this past week.
Girldrive was a gift from my friend MaryAnne—research for the cross-country trip I’m planning in celebration of my 50th birthday. While my plan includes stops at National Parks and foodie destinations, Girldrive’s authors Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein had a more significant goal: redefining feminism.
Told through photos, essays and interviews with more than 100 women of all ages and interests, backgrounds and experiences, Girldrive offers up an interesting conversation, and a wealth of history, opinions, and points of views. While I didn’t always relate to or understand the varied perspectives, it did make me think, a lot, about my experience as a woman, about the impact of feminism on my life and choices, and the role or lack of a role it plays now, in my day-to-day. Am I a feminist? I don’t know—are you?
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