Magazine article Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review

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Magazine article Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review

From the Editors

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We hear a lot these days about feminism being passe. If you think not, just try Googling feminism passe, and look at some of the 266,000 hits.

Has feminism outlived its usefulness? Not in the view of our contributors and the works they describe and review. We start the issue with Claire Wendland's review of three books on pregnancy. Without a feminist critique, pregnant women might have no countervailing force to mainstream societal expectations of pregnancy, the fetus, and mothers. The commitment to the reproductive-rights aspect of feminism is also a hot topic in the blogosphere, according to our blog watcher Vicki Tobias, who highlights several of the best reproductive rights blogs in this issue. The fact that four of the six reports in our round-up on the use of blogs in women's studies have "feminism" in their titles demonstrates that academic women's studies continues to maintain its tie to feminism. The personal side of feminism is replete in the zines such as I Dreamed I was Assertive, created by library workers and reviewed by Alicia Sellie.

Feminism not needed anymore? That is contested mightily by academic and activist Nancy Worcester and the four books on feminist activism she calls to readers' attention. Young activist women are still comfortable with the term, too, perhaps recast, as in The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism, one of the works in Nancy's review, or reduced to The F-Word, a new online zine published by a women's studies undergraduate and described in our "E-Sources" column. …

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