Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto (Paperback)
I have always worn the label of "feminist" proudly. But, like most labels, it isn't a perfect fit. There are issues I've noticed, things that rankle, things I keep to myself, since my goal isn't to get steamrolled in Jezebel comment thread. For this reason, WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST is incredibly refreshing. In her short, powerful book, Crispin excoriates the current feminist movement for the very issues that have bothered me, namely the way it has subjugated itself, becoming as banal and harmless as "a kitten with a drop of milk on its nose". She asserts that in trying to make feminism palatable and acceptable to the world, we have rendered it ineffective and useless, more of a buzzword than a force for change. Her words are simple, but radical: she argues for a society where anyone can thrive, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. Rather than trying to work within the current framework, which is skewed towards the white, cis, male, and wealthy, we should tear it down, build something new that doesn't place wealth and power at a premium. Even if you don't agree with everything she says, even if you think this is an impossible utopian dream, even if you're a if-you-just-understood-how-capitalism-works-you'd-understand-why-it's-necessary kind of person, WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST is worth a read. At the very least, it's a cleansing fire.— Lauren
Outspoken critic Jessa Crispin delivers a searing rejection of contemporary feminism . . . and a bracing manifesto for revolution.
Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist . . . or so the feminists keep insisting. But somewhere along the way, the movement for female liberation sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo. In this bracing, fiercely intelligent manifesto, Jessa Crispin demands more.
Why I Am Not A Feminist is a radical, fearless call for revolution. It accuses the feminist movement of obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice--and demands nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression.
Praise for Jessa Crispin, and The Dead Ladies Project
"I'd follow Jessa Crispin to the ends of the earth." --Kathryn Davis, author of Duplex
"Read with caution . . . Crispin is funny, sexy, self-lacerating, and politically attuned, with unique slants on literary criticism, travel writing, and female journeys. No one crosses genres, borders, and proprieties with more panache." --Laura Kipnis, author of Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation
"Very, very funny. . . . The whole book is packed with delightfully offbeat prose . . . as raw as it is sophisticated, as quirky as it is intense." --The Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Jessa Crispin is the editor and founder of the on-line magazines Bookslut -- one of America's very first book blogs -- and the on-line literary journal Spolia. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and The Creative Tarot, and has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, NPR.org, Chicago Sun-Times, and Architect Magazine, among other publications. She has lived in Lincoln, Kansas; Austin, Texas; Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, Illinois; Berlin, German, and elsewhere, and currently resides in New York City.