The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy: Women, Politics, and the Future

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THE F-WORD: FEMINISM IN JEOPARDY: WOMEN, POLITICS, AND THE FUTURE

BY KRISTEN ROWE-FINKBEINER

Seal Press

REVIEW BY T.L. COWAN

Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner accumulates a lot of statistics here in order to prove her main thesis, which is that young women need to get involved in electoral politics or else they risk losing all of the hard-fought-for rights gained by the second-wave feminists. Using interview research and polling data taken from a vast number of sources, The F-Word takes the temperature of contemporary feminism in the United States, revealing that many of the same concerns that were relevant 30 years ago remain at the forefront of women's minds. Surprise, surprise, reproduction and employment rights still top the charts in terms of what women want from politicians.

If you are looking for a book with academic rigour, you may find yourself writing a lot of question marks in the margins of The F-Word. This book simplifies contemporary feminist issues and resorts to a crash-course analysis of feminist politics. …