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The Third Wave

No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women
by Estelle Freedman

Reports of feminism's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the movement has more momentum now than ever, if you understand how to look at it. Freedman maintains a book site here.

ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
by Jennifer Baumgartner and Amy Richards

Another important publication in the growing body of Third Wave literature. Learn about how feminism looks through the eyes of young women, not the aging Second Wavers.

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by Susan Faludi

Writing at the same time as Wolf and Kamen, Faludi's book is a great one for some perspective on what forces during the 80's and early 90's started agitating young women and worrying second wave feminists. The agitation spurred young women to feel feminist (even if they avoided calling themselves such), and spurred older women to question why young women refused to call themselves feminists. This is major historical background for the generational shift in feminism.

Fire with fire : the new female power and how it will change the 21st century
by Naomi Wolf

First emerging on the feminist scene in 1992 with the best-seller The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf is one of the most outspoken and powerful voices of Generation-X feminism. "Fire with Fire" focuses on the feminist paradigm shift that encompasses the generational shift from second wave to third wave and what that entails.

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Feminist Fatale : Voices from the 'Twentysomething' Generation Explore the Future of the 'Women's Movement'
by Paula Kamen

Published in 1991, this was the first anthology of the voices of young feminists. The twentysomthings of this anthology are now in thier late 20's or early 30's. Feminist Fatale, like Listen Up, points out diversity and generation issues as catalysts for the shift in feminism in the new generation. Other issues, such as young women's participation, but lack of representation in feminist events and activism are presented. Moreover, Kamen explains reasons why some women refused to call themselves feminists, and offers some ideas on what could done done to change this.

To Be Real : Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism
by Rebecca Walker (ed.)

Published in 1995, this is an anthology of young feminist women, similar to "Feminist Fatale", but a little further along into the 90's when many of the ideas of the third wave of feminism were starting to rapidly dissiminate amoung young women. The personalities presented are more radical and offbeat than "Listen Up".

Listen Up : Voices from the New Feminist Generation
Barbara Findlen (ed.)

Also published in 1995 and, like "To Be Real", this is an anthology of young feminist voices. 28 women in thier 20's speak thier thoughts on feminism and how it has always ben entertwined with thier lives. Again, an emphasis is on diversity - these young feminists come from a myriad of different religions, cultures, and backgrounds. The effect better depicts one of the third wave's critiques and ideals - that rigid definitions of feminism don't quite represent individual women's expereinces with sexism in today's complex and global world, and that the next generation of feminism must honor diverse ways of being feminist, and continue the goals of feminism.

Third Wave Agenda : Being Feminist, Doing Feminism
by Leslie Heywood, Jennifer Drake (Editor)

A later (1997) anthology of young women feminists.

Related titles
The Third Wave : Feminist Perspectives on Racism, by M. Jacqui Alexander (Editor), et al

Thought : From the Second Wave to 'Post-Feminism', by Imelda Whelehan

Girls in America : Their Stories, Their Words
by Carol Cassidy

Although not strictly a book about third wave feminism, "Girls in America" captures the essence of being young and female in the US today, with all the contradictions, hopes, freedoms, and restrictions that accompany the transition to womanhood. This book-- and to a greater degree the three films upon which it is based-- shows us real girls, reminding us that our modern myths about teen pregnancy, beauty pageants, and girls' sports are simplistic and off-base.

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