Magazine article Herizons

Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms

Magazine article Herizons

Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms

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One of the criticisms of the third wave feminist movement is that...well...that there is no third wave-feminist movement. What are its manifestations? Where are its crucial texts?

Last year's Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future went a long way towards documenting the evolution of certain aspects of young feminism. Now Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms comes to the defence of the third wave from a different angle: by offering the reader dozens of essays compiled by a diverse team of writers from across Canada.

The awkward title (try reading it out loud) and cover (the text is either faux cut and paste or blurry drop shadow) of this book controvert the challenging and engaging contents, which include writings on such topics as dyke graffiti, the white legacy of second wave feminism and the Prairie School of Union Women. Also peppered throughout the collection are comics, illustrations and 'zine cut outs, as well as fascinating and contrasting definitions of feminism from each contributor.

The essays range from the academic to the conversational, the personal to the rallying call. What the works share are strong ideas communicated in strong voices and the admission that we're still a work in progress.

Especially resonating with me was Leah Rumack's essay "Lipstick" in which she laments the media objectification of the young female activist. ("...everybody loves a grrrl who masturbates while laughing her ironic head off at Buffy. …

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