Saturday, November 5, 2016
Book Review: We Were Feminists Once
AUTHOR: Andi Zeisler
PUBLISHED: May 3rd, 2016
GENRE: Pop Culture commentary/essays/feminism history
PREMISE: An examination of marketplace feminism and its effect on feminism itself.
MY REVIEW: This is one of those books that has a very niche audience. Basically, if you're not remotely concerned about feminism and its history/current popularity...you're probably going to be bored with it. This is a kind of book people have to actively want to read. It's not what I would call an entertainment sort of read.
As a feminist, I actually found this one interesting. There were a lot of topics here I was familiar with because I read things like The Mary Sue and they talk about pop culture and feminism a lot. But there were some interesting looks into the history of feminism and how our capitalistic society does effect it, for better or for worse. I've seen some complain that this book doesn't offer many solutions to the problems it brings up. I...do and don't agree with that complaint. The author does point out some things people can do but honestly...a lot of the problems here are things that can only be fixed by an entire industry deciding it needs to change and frankly the odds of that ever happening...are slim.
What this book is good at is making you aware of issues that the media often likes to gloss over or ignore completely. I'm all for people becoming more aware of issues. The more people who are aware things, the more chance we have of getting things changed.
WHO SHOULD READ: Feminists, those interested in feminism vs. pop culture/consumer society issues
MY RATING: Four out of Five let me burst your ignorance bubbles