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What is feminism?

This was lifted from an interview with one of my favorite bands, Le Tigre. I'm putting it here just as much for my own reference as for yours.

WHAT IS FEMINISM?

Well, put a round of martinis in front of us and we'll tell you how we invented feminism in 1998. Just kidding. This is one of those awful questions to answer cuz either you sound like a kindergarten teacher or just totally noncommittal (i.e. "there are as many different kinds of feminisms as there are feminists"). Obviously we can't represent all feminists or come up with a definition that can be universally applied, but yes, of course we proudly identify as feminists. It's also safe to say that the kind of feminism we are most interested in is the kind that not only challenges misogyny but also stands against racism, homophobia, class-ism, imperialism etc....here is a list of some books we like on the subject:

Sisterhood is Powerful Edited by Robin Morgan

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michelle Wallace

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings

In Our Time:Memoir of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller

What are we Fighting For? Sex, Race, Class and the Future of Feminism by Joanna Russ

A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown

This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America by Alice Echols

The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firetone

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks

Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism by Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Barbara Smith

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Toward A Black Feminist Criticism by Barbara Smith

How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ

Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature by Dorothy Allison

Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

Technical Difficulties: African American Notes on the State of the Union by June Jordan

Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz and Elspeth Probyn

Woman, Culture, and Society edited by Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere

An Archive of Feelings: Trauma Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures by Ann Cvetkovich

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman

4:50 a.m. - 2004-08-15

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