Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone

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Praeger, 2010 - Political Science - 255 pages
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"Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone" is an antidote to the poison of shock jocks who caricature the women's movement as a radical fringe of man-haters and paint activists as spoiled hooligans. Two real-life feminist activists, Laura Finley and Emily Stringer focus on the mainstream of everyday feminism, explaining what feminism is really all about and fanning out a spectrum of simple, imaginative, user-friendly ways in which ordinary readers can promote gender equality and social equity in their own lives and in the world around them.

"Beyond Burning Bras" taps the life stories and first-person accounts of 50 ordinary individuals of every age, sex, sexuality, class, nationality, race, ethnicity, and learning style. All of them tell how they found within themselves the courage to take a stand on the front lines of feminist activism, whether in subtle private ways or in life-changing public ways. After a survey of the history of feminism in the United States, the authors and contributors show in successive chapters how feminism today meshes with other forms of activism relating to the workplace, sexual violence, the environment, politics, human bodies, the arts, youth, empowerment, and mothering.

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Contents

The First Wave
1
The Second Wave
21
The Third Wave
31
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Laura Finley is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami, FL, and director of the Center for Living and Teaching Peace in Miami, FL.

Emily Reynolds Stringer is the founding director of Feeling Foody, an organization for developing nutritional awareness in children and adolescents, and Creating a Planet, an exchange program for community art in the United States, Guatemala, and Thailand.

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