HERE WE ARE by Kelly Jensen
Kirkus Star


Feminism for the Real World
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Age Range: 12 - 18
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A progressive antidote to the ancient teen health textbooks that mull over the dry basics of teen identity.

Jensen here assembles a stellar collection of writings—prose, illustrated pieces, and poetry—that showcase contemporary expressions of feminism: what it is, what it isn’t, and what it can be, as defined by each writer. Representing a diverse demographic, contributing authors include Roxane Gay, Anne Thériault, Malinda Lo, Daniel José Older, Ashley Hope Pérez, and Alida Nugent. Prominent authors and performers share space with bloggers and young people, and voices span a range of gender expressions. Characteristic of the quality on offer is a priceless, heartfelt comic by Wendy Xu that explores the bumpy road of a teen romance that ultimately moves her to affirm her Asian identity. The mix of approaches and the brevity of the pieces make this a book that can easily act as a text for any high school class wanting to engage with the topic of feminism. The collection deconstructs stereotypical notions of feminism, teaching readers that feminism is more than just transcending gender norms. Through the multiplicity of stories, readers learn that feminism is a personal statement that expresses itself differently for each individual. With its thoughtful, scrapbooklike design and variety of socio-economic and cultural perspectives, the book invites young readers to engage in this roundtable discussion.

An embarrassment of riches. (Anthology. 12-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61620-586-7
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Algonquin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2016


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