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Agents or sufferers, liberated or oppressed, "bad women" or "good girls." What do those labels suggest and do they extra or prevent women's development? How are cutting-edge visions of woman sexuality and gear like or not like these of the prior? How do younger ladies outline feminism? is not the own nonetheless political?

Dismayed by means of the media's tendency to minimize the feminist firm to labels and superstars, Donna Perry and Nan Bauer Maglin made up our minds to determine what a diversified crew of feminists take into consideration girls, intercourse, and gear within the nineties. the result's a provocative and sundry number of twenty-four essays by means of moment- and third-wave feminists; artists and activists; professors and graduate scholars; expert newshounds and just-published writers; moms and daughters. via concentrating on society's building, containment, and exploitation of lady sexuality, specifically, those essays supply clean views on women's business enterprise or loss of it.

The participants specialize in the oversimplifications and fake dichotomies in present discussions of lady sexuality, in addition to the privileged standpoint and individualism that at present dominate the popularized feminist message. person writers--including Emma Amos, bell hooks, Ann Jones, Lisa Jones, Paula Kamen, Matuschka, Marge Piercy, Katha Pollitt, Anna Quindlen, Elayne Rapping, Lillian S. Robinson, and Ellen Willis--reexamine women's empowerment within the mild of matters like AIDS, battering, acquaintance rape, narratives of early life sexual abuse, and pornography. numerous draw political conclusions from their own struggles, whereas others learn tales and texts--from historical past, the paintings international, the media, pop culture, and social technology research--in new and arguable ways.

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