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New Books

Hood feminism : notes from the women that a movement forgot

A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. 

Free women, free men : sex, gender, feminism

A essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism--from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem.

Women who dig : farming, feminism, and the fight to feed the world

Weaving together the narratives of female farmers from across three continents, this book offers a critical look at how women are responding to and increasingly rising up against the injustices of the global food system

Feminist erasures : challenging backlash culture

A collection of original essays that examines the state of feminism in North America and Western Europe. It focuses on a range of cultural and political contexts to interrogate the apathy toward, erasure of, and interventions in feminist discourse and analysis from popular and political culture. In providing a scholarly critique of feminism's erasure from various social and political contexts, including news media, popular culture, labor, motherhood, and feminist activism, this collection makes visible the systematic marginalization of women and women's rights in contemporary culture.

Soft force : women in Egypt's Islamic awakening

In the decades leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011, when Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime was swept from power in Egypt, Muslim women took a leading role in developing a robust Islamist presence in the country's public sphere. Soft Force examines the writings and activism of these women-including scholars, preachers, journalists, critics, actors, and public intellectuals--who envisioned an Islamic awakening in which women's rights and the family, equality, and emancipation were at the center.

The xenofeminist manifesto : a politics for alienation

Contemporary feminism, it contends, is limited by its predominant investment in local and micropolitical action. What is needed is a feminism capable of systemic intervention. The Xenofeminist Manifesto propose that such a feminism must start from a new universal--one no longer coded as cis, straight, white, and male--with Xenofeminism as its theoretical and technological platform

The seed : infertility is a feminist issue

This book traverses the chilly landscape of miscarriage, and the particular grief that accompanies the longing to make a family. Framed by her own desire for a child, journalist Alexandra Kimball brilliantly reveals the pain and loneliness of infertility, especially as a lifelong feminist.