I AM A FEMINIST by Monique Polak


Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times
From the "Orca Issues" series
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Age Range: 12 - 18
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A volume that seeks to clarify the history and complexity of the meaning of “feminist” for a new generation of teens.

Polak’s (Passover Family, 2018, etc.) knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause from the suffragists through the #MeToo movement of modern times. Beginning with a chapter on the different waves of feminism, Polak emphasizes how activists through the decades have fought for their belief in social, political, and economic equality for the sexes. In easily digested chapters, she explains the damaging effect of misogyny on women, Indigenous people and people of color, LGBTQ+ people, those who are impoverished, and disabled communities around the world. Rather than shy away from tensions in the movement, she highlights the need for intersectionality, encourages active involvement, and devotes a chapter to male feminists. If feminism is too often defined by the individual fight for autonomy, Polak is careful to clarify that all feminists must examine their own privilege and be aware of ways one person can be liberated at the expense of another. This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community.

From body image to date rape, pay inequality to sexual harassment, this guide introduces important topics that can be difficult for teenagers to discuss. (author’s note, glossary, resources, references, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: May 7th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1892-7
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2019


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