The New Feminism

The New Feminism

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By (author) Natasha Walter

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 204mm x 19mm | 196g
  • Publication date: 11 February 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860496393
  • ISBN 13: 9781860496394
  • Sales rank: 202,289

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Where has British feminism gone? Has it retreated into the academy, did it burn out at Greenham Common, has it emigrated to the United States? Natasha Walter discovers that there is a new feminism right here and now in Britain. It is alive and kicking and speaking in the voices of young British women. In defining this new feminism, Natasha Walter celebrates women's growing power, casts aside the dogma of previous generations, and argues that the old adage 'The Personal is Political' does more harm than good. Because above all, this new feminism is frankly materialist. Who cares about how women dress, how they talk, how they make love? First, feminism must deliver political power and economic equality. With tremendous wit, verve and intelligence, THE NEW FEMINISM marks out fresh ground in feminist debate.

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Natasha Walter graduated with a double First in English from Cambridge University and also spent time studying and teaching at Harvard University. She has worked and written for VOGUE, MIRABELLA and the TLS. She is currently Deputy Literary Editor at the INDEPENDENT.

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Forceful and accessible ... Here is a book with challenging arguments, provocative statements and clarion calls to action, written with passion, courage and good humour Michele Roberts, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY It will inspire a new generation of women Anna Murphy, OBSERVER At her spirited best, she is a symbol...of power and confidence, and a hopeful sign of new feminist stories in a more egalitarian future Elaine Showalter, GUARDIAN Lively, intelligent and independent Frances Spalding, THE SUNDAY TIMES The New Feminism is a happy, celebratory affair, and everyone is invited Isobel Fonseca, INDEPENDENT Astute and impressive ELLE Better than a dose of Paglia any day. Save it for your children to marvel over MARIE CLAIRE Compelling re-evaluation of what feminism has achieved Matthew de Abaitua, ESQUIRE Right on, say I, speaking as an old feminist Val Hennessy, WOMAN'S JOURNAL (Book of the Month) The New Feminism ricochets with dynamic ideas, boasting a breadth of vision and irresistible panache that is, quite simply, to die for Deirdre Molloy, THE LIST

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This is a gentle introduction to what feminism means to a woman in her early thirties at the very end of the 20th century. Walter lays great emphasis on placing the fight for equality in context - the Suffragettes, for example, fought from a very different ideology to the women's movement of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and now, she says, we are again viewing women's rights in a new and very different light. Having conducted numerous interviews in schools, factories, offices, government institutions and so on, Walter considers that the greater proportion of women do not wish to conform to pre-determined politics and believe that working with men, not against them, is the only way to achieve equal pay and equal status, at work, at home and in the law courts. According to Walter, the word 'feminism' should be freed of all labels and simply mean 'equality'. Her account is passionate, well researched and merits a reading, whatever your viewpoint. (Kirkus UK)