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Agents or sufferers, liberated or oppressed, "bad women" or "good girls." What do those labels suggest and do they additional or prevent women's growth? How are modern-day visions of woman sexuality and tool like or in contrast to these of the previous? How do young women outline feminism? is not the own nonetheless political?

Dismayed by means of the media's tendency to minimize the feminist company to labels and superstars, Donna Perry and Nan Bauer Maglin made up our minds to determine what a different crew of feminists take into consideration ladies, intercourse, and tool within the nineties. the result's a provocative and sundry number of twenty-four essays via moment- and third-wave feminists; artists and activists; professors and graduate scholars; expert reporters and just-published writers; moms and daughters. by means of concentrating on society's development, containment, and exploitation of lady sexuality, particularly, those essays provide clean views on women's employer or loss of it.

The individuals specialise in the oversimplifications and fake dichotomies in present discussions of girl sexuality, in addition to the privileged viewpoint and individualism that presently dominate the popularized feminist message. person writers--including Emma Amos, bell hooks, Ann Jones, Lisa Jones, Paula Kamen, Matuschka, Marge Piercy, Katha Pollitt, Anna Quindlen, Elayne Rapping, Lillian S. Robinson, and Ellen Willis--reexamine women's empowerment within the gentle of matters like AIDS, battering, acquaintance rape, narratives of youth sexual abuse, and pornography. numerous draw political conclusions from their own struggles, whereas others learn tales and texts--from heritage, the paintings global, the media, pop culture, and social technological know-how research--in new and arguable ways.

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