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  1. says:

    I m still baffled as to why there is a flat stomached, white female body on the front cover Especially considering some of Valenti s points were insistant on the new age of feminism open to men and women of all colour and creeds.Other than that, this was an interesting book from a British point of view Who knew Mississippi banned vibrators but allowed people to buy guns with a background check Not me Or that abstinance only education is incrediably wide spread Not me Or that pharmacists are allowed to refuse patients the pill EC Not me It made me quite grateful to be living in Britain.I found Valenti s style of writing distracting It felt like she ended every sentance with, I know, right or some other sarcastic comment This book is probably best for high school and young college students I found her voice quite patronising and off putting, there wasn t anything particularly new from a ideological view point, but it would still be an informative book for those who are total new comers to the movement known as feminism.

  2. says:

    Reading feminist blogs and meeting and talking to feminists has made me and interested in learning about feminism I had read Valenti s The Purity Myth How America s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women and found it particularly interesting, so I figured I d check out her first book, Full Frontal Feminism.You know, I haven t been a feminist long, but this book is extremely Feminism 101 Pretty much everything I read I had heard many times before and in depth elsewhere This feels like a Flyby Feminism book, suited towards very young women who are vaguely familiar with all these tropes, but maybe looking for depth.But I can t say I d recommend this to any young women Firstly, I felt the book was very divisive Valenti was obviously writing to women just like her liberal Democrats who think anyone that is different are prudey Republican anti sexers and not trying to be a bit embracing to ALL women Which is a shame, because ALL women need this, and I believe that ALL women, regardless of their opinions in some matters you know, premarital sex and abortion can AND SHOULD unite behind many of these topics Honestly, unless we can find some common ground and work together, I don t see great change happening.Very much tied in with the divisive, condescending, arrogant tone is the writing style itself Valenti completely eschews any sort of formal, academic writing for a hey girl conversational style filled with assumptions, insults to Republicans and prudey anti sexers and foul language I can understand wanting to talk to your audience, but young teenaged girls aren t stupid they can see through sh t I know I would not have appreciated reading this fake teenspeak when I was between the ages of 14 19.What is probably worse is the hypocrisy Valenti is very much against a woman changing her last name when she marries but makeup, purses, and heels are A OK Why Essentially because Valenti likes these things and approves of them The ridiculous thing is that a name doesn t determine whether you are a feminist Liking makeup and shoes and wanting to get breast implants and wanting to wait until you are married to have sex aren t bad things or unfeminist things They are just THINGS A woman is a PERSON first and foremost, and we need to stop making assumptions about a woman based on what she likes and doesn t like this includes myself, society, and feminists who assume that any liking of beauty or traditional female roles is bad.So women if you love sports and wear NIKE shoes and like violent video games, you can be a feminist If you love 27 Dresses and makeup and romance stories and adopted your man s last name, you can be a feminist If you like action movies and makeup and wear earrings and love math and physics, YOU CAN BE A FEMINIST There is NO LIST that separates the feminist from the non feminist.Towards the end, I had a really hard time appreciating even the good aspects, because of the tone, the writing, the attitude Which is a shame, because, even if this is very basic, there are important messages that I think many young women should hear Unfortunately, I am afraid that a portion of these women who need this the most including my younger self will be turned off because Valenti shoots off at the mouth Honestly, I wouldn t recommend unless you are a young teenaged girl from a liberal, Democrat family and accustomed to a lot of swearing.

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    3.5 StarsThis was one of my most highly anticipated feminist reads, but since I bought it several years ago, I think I waited too long in reading it and got my expectations up too high I guess I neglected to understand that this is a guide literally for why feminism matters, so it feels like the intended audience is skeptics or uninformed people, which isn t me Therefore, I thought it was fun to listen to this and get a refresher on women s issues, but it really didn t tell me anything I didn t already know Further, it was written in 2006 when I was 9 years old so although some problems described are still relevant and ongoing, the discussion of the Clintons and Bushes felt antiquated But than anything I found two things problematic in this book Valenti s use of sarcasm to an audience that she s trying to convince to convert to feminism, and mentioning intersectionality only as an afterthought First, Valenti would commonly use sarcasm to punctuate really sad or unfortunate facts about sexism, and it read as very unbecoming She would say something upsetting about abuse to women or unequal pay or other way women are disparaged, then immediately afterward go Lovely, right or some other flippant comment that was supposed to lighten the mood or highlight the situation s ridiculousness, but all I could think of it that it sounded irritating If I were a skeptic reading this, I would definitely be turned off by the flippant tone And then, for her to only include intersectionality in the last chapter I think is problematic because all issues in feminism can be expounded or lightened by class privilege race sexuality, and it shouldn t be thrown in as a oh yeah by the way, feminism affects everyone differently I had other minor issues with it like her negativity about plastic surgery and women in porn, but those topics are a lot mainstream in 2018 than they were in 2006, so I m not going to assume that her stance is the same In any case, I ll agree to disagree If my 15 year old self had read this, I think I would have LOVED it and gained a lot from it But I think I picked it up too late in the game to reap any significant, new information from it.

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    i didn t read this book expecting to like it i read it out of curiosity because i think it s important to be informed about the things you are critiquing i was already not such a fan of jessica valenti s blog writing, mainly because i found her ideas pretty unoriginal mainly of interest to young privileged white women this book was of the same she claims that it s a kind of feminist 101 primer for young women who are new to feminism her goal seems to be to get these young women to care about feminism invest their energies in its future very noble everything too bad her unconscious audience seems to be young privileged white women, yet again there is a lot here about how you don t have to hate men in order to be a feminist, how feminists have better sex because they are self actualized, just a lot of really boring shit like that which serves to prop up a lot of the offensive myths about feminists in the name of dismantling them i mean, i have heard some of skeeziest dudes on earth say that they prefer to have sex with feminists because they are usually in touch with their bodies, so they know where they re at in their cycles might not make you use a condom nice really nice her tone has this winking, sly kind of tone that maybe works on an internet blog when you have a sense of your audience, but it just seems lazy here she starts to critique things epople institutions that deserve to be critiqued, then she just stops halfway through writes, need i go on , so sure that her audience is on board also hates what she hates yes, jessica, you need to go on it s called a BOOK you re supposed to EXPLAIN your ideas positions that s kind of the POINT stick to blogs if you can t handle the responsibility of hashing out your beliefs as an aside, all her whining about how older feminists need to step aside make room for the up comers sounds awfully self serving i do think that old hands entrenched in any institution philosophy situation have a responsibility to create space for new thinkers, new ideas, new spirit in their ranks, but jessica veers awfully close to saying, no give ME the book contracts i m the next big thing it s just gross.

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    Jessica Valenti is a part of the feminist blogger elite, and for good reason The blog she helped to establish, Feministing.com, receives a significant amount of web traffic and is well known among young, internet savvy, hip feminists Full disclosure I read Feministing every now and then Having read Valenti s writing on the blog which tends to be oversimplified and, quite frankly, bratty I was hoping her analysis in book form would show a tad depth Unfortunately for Valenti, there s a downside to fame it opens you up for public criticism.If Full Frontal Feminism is supposed to be the spark that ignites young women to claim their identity as feminists and hop aboard the Third Wave train, then women are in deep trouble Valenti writes like feminism s version of Ann Coulter, and let s face it, Ann Coulter is hardly known for her intelligent commentary Flamboyant and egotistical, much of Valenti s analysis is trite, at best She makes sweeping generalizations When you re a feminist, day to day life is better You make better decisions You have better sex , repeatedly refers to her opponents by juvenile names The consequence of having the last name Buttars is apparently being a huge asshole , confuses truth with opinion, and seems to have done very little actual research to back up her claims, as very few citations accompany her assertions At times, she doesn t feel the need to make an assertion at all, responding with a facile yet grandiose Puke, a deliberately ironic Yeah, or a pithy Terrifying, as though this is all that she needs to make her case And despite hackneyed attempts every now and again to mention other marginalized groups, the truth is that this book overwhelmingly reflects the viewpoint of its white, middle class, I assume heterosexual, entitled, American, liberal feminist writer.Valenti doesn t give her readers credit for being able to do the thing she most wants them to do think critically This is apparent in the fallacious style by which she presents her perspectives My personal favorite taken straight from the right wing, talk radio instruction manual is how Valenti uses the bait and switch tactic to prove her point e.g., contending that anti abortion advocates simply hate sex A close second is when she uses the most extreme cases to illustrate a point as though they aren t the exception to the rule e.g., making the case for all women to have access to Emergency Contraception because rape victims should have access to it These tactics are most unfortunate because, even as a person who is largely ideologically aligned with Valenti, I began to question her standpoint as fearmongering overshadowed politics.Perhaps Valenti believes that young women won t be moved unless they re shocked by what she says, or completely scared to death Fear is a powerful motivator, but it belittles the audience in the process Oh, and did I mention that she uses the book as a forum to talk public trash about petty tiffs she s had with other bloggers If fear doesn t sell you on feminism, apparently Valenti believes taking sides in some inane, personal dispute will.Full Frontal Feminism is written in sound bytes, each chapter being comprised of smaller usually one page long explanations of a given issue sex education vs abstinence only, virginity pledges, expensive weddings, unattainable beauty standards, and other typical feminist fare Apparently, the television has taken its toll or so Valenti thinks on the public because there is no sense of organization or logic to the structure of the book And solutions Those must have been left for someone else to tackle because you won t find them here, at least not outside of the standard volunteer, give money, and vote.Now I know I ve pretty much run this book into the ground, but I do want to say that I get what Valenti is trying to do here And it s a really smart idea She wants to reach out to young women who don t call themselves feminists and let them know that it s okay, cool even, to be down with the F word She wants to tell them that they already believe in feminist ideals and have benefited from the women s movement And she wants to encourage them to continue in that tradition in order to kick some misogynist ass That s a really honorable goal that, unfortunately, was a victim of poor execution.If you re truly looking to find out why feminism matters, you d be better served to flip to the booklist in the back of Full Frontal Feminism and read some of the titles listed there including Colonize This , Listen Up Voices from the Next Generation, To Be Real, and The Fire This Time because cool packaging is really great, but if there s nothing of substance inside then what you are selling is just the packaging.Review by Mandy Van Deven

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    Jessica Valenti writes as a friend a close friend would speak to another Without airs, without condescension, communicating directly and colloquially with someone they care about She writes with wit and humor, never taking herself too seriously, even when communicating deadly serious information She defuses one of the slurs regarding feminists the clich d humorless harridan She ably destroys that stereotype throughout, to the joy, often the rude joy, of the reader Both in style and substance, the book is fun It also dovetails with another aspect of her book She writes with real force her language is uncompromisingly honest, blunt yet never shrill Some of her wit displayed is of the cutting variety, slashing at the stupidity of sexism in all its manifestations This, too, reflects the urgency of her message That now, than ever, it is vital for women and men to proudly claim and uphold the mantle of feminism, and that its basic tenets are under assault with a vengeance not seen in years.What keeps Full Frontal Feminism from becoming a rant is that is utterly useful, a practical guide, and importantly, it forces the reader to consider The essential elements of feminism, the myths that surround what feminism is, the place of women in the world, and the reader s own prejudices While the book is chock full of useful information, both practical and experiential, one of the most important things that is communicated is this Find out for yourself Getting involved, discovering the aspects of feminism that make your tick, Jessica writes, are essential, and totally reflective of the feminist viewpoint That individual women can, and should, decide for themselves how to shape their lives Assisting in that, Jessica peppers her book with plain spoken advice, never hectoring those she attempts to reach, but letting them know succinctly that they are responsible for themselves.And it s against tremendous resistance, whether it be abstinence programs that lay the entirety of the blame for what proponents see as sexual licentiousness at women s girl s feet, the continued imbalance in the workplace and in the home, a pop culture that sends profoundly mixed messages about how a young woman should behave, and how much of the discrimination has been both internalized and institutionalized, to the point where unless one is acutely aware of it, the fact that women are being treated unfairly and that s a gentle way of phrasing it can pass unnoticed Full Frontal Feminism gives women real tools to fight back, first by helping them realize that a battle is on, whether they wish for it or not.She does give a pass to the flaws of the feminist movement first, second or third wave She is forthright in pointing out how feminists have occasionally undermined each other, how the movement has sometimes not been as inclusive as it could have been, and how internecine feuds over seemingly trivial issues though of course often reflective of deeper divisions drawn women and men that support them away from fighting the essential fights.I was born in the same year that NOW was formed In that time I ve been lucky enough to have been surrounded by strong women my mother, who went from a home maker to a vice president in an insurance company two strong, independent sisters, and a plethora of vibrant, kick ass women throughout college and after, who made it clear to me that they expected, demanded to be treated as equals, to the point that the concept was in my bones, never to be displaced And so it must be on a grander scale with the whole of society There is much work to do, and Jessica Valenti is one of the women doing much of the heavy lifting.

  7. says:

    Me, me, meand great sex if you re a self proclaimed feminist Get over yourself Jessica Yeah, you illuminated some points of feminism, but managed to make it all completely about you or you the reader I think there is something that could be said about feminism still being a group movement, and not an individual movement Another thing, Pshaw s and cursing might be cute to a high schooler, but it really ruins some of your academic and wide spread credibility I think you could have still made this book accessible and managed not to make yourself sound like an idiot Another thing, if this is what third wave feminism is about, you can count me out

  8. says:

    2.5 stars This is a decent introductory book for young women teenagers who know little to nothing about feminism If you re looking for a thoughtful, nuanced, or eloquent explanation of feminism and women s issues, this book is not for you.I didn t learn anything from it, so it wasn t worthwhile for me, and I can t stand how she writes I don t think feminism needs to be dumbed down It s a simple concept But again, I m not her target audience, and maybe a teenage girl would respond well to her writing.I ve seen some criticism that Valenti doesn t talk enough about intersectionality, etc, and while that s true, remember that this is an intro book, and you have to start somewhere Most of what she talks about rape, career, beauty standards, reproductive rights is applicable to all women, regardless of their background I d rather someone talk about feminism while not getting to some issues I don t think there was anything about trans issues whatsoever than not talk about feminism at all.I also have to give her props for having a chapter about men Feminism is for everyone you can t exclude half the population isn t that what we re fighting against Some of my favorite people in the world are men, and it s fairly rare for feminists to acknowledge that, hey, men aren t always the worst.Still, she could cut out all her little asides and terrible metaphors and cursing, and it would be much stronger writing I don t like when authors try to get chummy with me I don t know you, please stop.

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    So here s why I couldn t rate this book higher These are all quotes from this book While at the end of the day I m not going to fault someone for wanting a ring, there are certain things and maybe because they don t have to do with jewelry I can t get over For the life of me, I will never understand why a woman today would change her last name It makes no sense whatsoever You want future kids to have the same last name as you and your hubby Hypenate, bitch Or do something, anything, but change your last name It s the ultimate buy in of sexist bullshit It epitomizes the idea that you are not your own person And while I ll probably continue to be a bit of a fool when it comes to my crushes, I won t make the mistake of prioritizing them at the expense of, dare I say, important pursuits Again, don t get all pissy and assume I m bashing those of you who are in love with love I understand that feeling believe me But you have to admit, we re spending a hell of a lot of time focusing on other people when we could be mixing shit up and The problem is, there s still a lot of infighting particularly of a generational kind about what a real feminist is Honestly, I m so fucking sick and tired of people telling me how to be an appropriate feminist or what a feminist looks like In the same way it s stupid to say that all feminists are hairy man haters, it s stupid to say that women who rock heels and mascara aren t hardcore enough or are acquiescing to sexism Yeah, I m sick of women telling other women how to be an appropriate feminist too Especially when they tell other feminists how to be feminists and then further on in the book they ve written proceed to complain about people telling them how to be a feminist.

  10. says:

    Sigh This is a swell intro to feminism and all, and reiterates the point that everyone should consider themselves feminists because its cool and not necessarily anti man or anti sex or anti shaving, but if you ve done any critical thinking, it s all well covered territory what starts out fresh ends up redundant and flat How many people would really want equal rights if it meant that women could be drafted to the battlefield just like men Valenti glosses over some hardcore points in favor of non stylish jolts of profanity and dumbed down language Not a fan.

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summary pdf Full Frontal Feminism , summary chapter 2 Full Frontal Feminism , sparknotes Full Frontal Feminism , Full Frontal Feminism fa10dbe Feminism Isn T Dead It Just Isn T Very Cool Any Enter Full Frontal Feminism, A Book That Embodies The Forward Looking Messages That Author Jessica Valenti Propagated As Founder Of The Popular Website, FeministingThis Revised Edition Includes A New Foreword By Valenti, Reflecting Upon What S Happened In The Five Years Since Full Frontal Feminism Was Originally Published With New Openers From Valenti In Every Chapter, The Book Covers A Range Of Topics, Including Pop Culture, Health, Reproductive Rights, Violence, Education, Relationships, AndChapters Include You Re A Hardcore Feminist I SwearFeminists Do It Better And Other Sex Tips Pop Culture Gone WildThe Blame And Shame GameIf These Uterine Walls Could TalkMy Big Fat Unnecessary Wedding And Other Dating Diseases Real Women Have BabiesI Promise I Won T Say Herstory Boys Do CryBeauty Cult Sex And The City Voters, My AssValenti Knows Better Than Anyone That Young Women Need A Smart Ass Book That Deals With Real Life Issues In A Style They Can Relate To No Rehashing The Same Old Issues Or Belaboring Where Today S Young Women Have Gone Wrong Feminism Should Be Something Young Women Feel Comfortable With Full Frontal Feminism Is Sending Out The Message To Readers Yeah, You Re Feminists, And That S Actually Pretty Frigging Cool

  • Paperback
  • 271 pages
  • Full Frontal Feminism
  • Jessica Valenti
  • English
  • 12 March 2018
  • 9781580052016

About the Author: Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is a columnist for the Guardian US and the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture Her third book, The Purity Myth How America s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes Visions of Female Sexual