Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World
Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World
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Annotation: "A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including celebrities and public figures, and featuring more than forty-four pieces, including an eight-page insert of full-color illustrations"
Catalog Number: #6015153
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Workman Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 218 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-616-20586-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-616-20586-7
Dewey: 305.42
LCCN: 2016032054
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
This lively anthology broaches the subject through forty-four essays, comics, poems, interviews, and other material by a diverse group of contributors, including celebrities, activists, comics artists, and young adult authors. Topics range from the history of the word feminism to personal reflections on the intersections between feminism and race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. An accessible introduction to twenty-first-century feminism. Reading list.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7 Up&12; The ever-evolving concept of feminism is approached through a variety of mediums, from essays and drawings to comics and poems, in this fantastic collected work. In six chapters, more than 40 contributors explore how necessary feminism is for both women and men, whether they engage with it personally, socially, or politically. A broad but always inclusive experience of feminism is conveyed. In a reproduced interview with Tricia Romano for DAME magazine, Laverne Cox emphasizes that trans issues are feminist issues. Liz Prince's comic So I Guess This Is Growing Up reveals how she exhibited misogynistic behavior toward other women when she was younger. Interspersed throughout the chapters are lists ("Top Ten Black Female Friendships," "Great Female Scientists") and sections titled "FAQs About Feminism." Bold, patterned borders surround the essays, with doodles and collage-style illustrations by Palese scattered throughout. There are also a number of examples of original artwork (for instance, Tyler Feder's "Intersectional Rosie the Riveter"). This eclectic assembly will educate, inspire, and prompt further exploration. VERDICT There is something here for everyone. This celebratory examination of feminism is a much-needed addition to teen collections.&12; Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
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)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Earnest, conversational, and dauntlessly unapologetic in message, this collection of essays, cartoons, and interviews boldly celebrates and analyzes feminism as it exists today. More important, it reinforces the concept of intersectionality, encouraging a feminism that is open and accepting while continually reminding readers about the ways in which the experience of being a woman can vary widely for women of color, LGBTQ women, and women with disabilities. Some pieces here are reprinted from other texts (Roxanne Gay's "Bad Feminist: Take Two," Mindy Kaling's "Don't Peak in High School"), while others were commissioned exclusively for this publication. Most of the contributors are writers, often of YA novels and popular blogs, but this takes pains to include a wide array of perspectives, including essays by singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, politician Wendy Davis, and ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia, as well as an interview with transgender actress Laverne Cox. The voices are wildly diverse: men and women, cis and trans, are included (although women, naturally, dominate), and contributors represent a number of different races, religions, and sexual orientations. The scrapbook-style layout makes this fun, and the intimate, informal tone makes it feel like a journal passed between friends. An education unto itself, the message of inclusion and strength is invaluable.
Voice of Youth Advocates
What is feminism? What does it mean for a young person to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? This powerful word possesses as many meanings as there are people. Fraught with struggle, feminism is often ignored or misunderstood by society. The premise of feminism is that everyone deserves equality and that diversity is not only necessary but must be encouraged. This collection of forty-four different voices attempts to explore, over seven wide-ranging themes, some of the aspects of feminism and what it represents for men and women of different faiths, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and experiences. These feminist voices, including pop-culture icons, public figures, and authors, eloquently present their views on what being a feminist means to them and how they live it every day. In formats ranging from essays to comics, photos to poems and lists, each writer explores his/her/their emotions on the subject and delves into the complexity inherent in feminism. This is perfect for teens looking for diverse perspectives on the titular topic; some tips and advice for living as a feminist; and/or an optimistic peek at the future of feminism. For teens put off by the word feminism because of stereotypes they may have learned to associate with it, all it will take is a little librarian help to get over that initial hurdle. Then readers will find themselves immersed in a dynamic exploration of inclusion and strength.—Etienne Vallée.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [220-221]).
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Reading Counts!: reading level:9.6 / points:16.0 / quiz:Q70552
Lexile: 1070L

LET'S GET THE FEMINIST PARTY STARTED! Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You've come to the right place. Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are. Welcome to one of the most life-changing parties around!


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