A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word
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A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word

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Young women today have a bad reputation, and for good reason: They're sexting their classmates, they spend more time on FaceBook than they do in class, and their appetite for material possessions and reality TV is matched only by their overwhelming apathy about important social and political issues. Right?
Wrong.
FBomb blog creator Julie Zeilinger debunks these (and other)...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Seal Press (CA)
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Darlene
I saw Julie Zeilinger on Melissa Harris-Perry's show a while back and was very impressed. And now that I have read her book I am even more impressed. She is well-versed and taught this old lady a thing or two.

I've always thought of myself as a feminist but until recently I felt I only vaguely knew what that was. Even with being a young adult during the last "wave," the arsonists. No, I never burned my bra but back then didn't feel I needed one either. But in the midst of all of that I went along...more
Jess
I'm fairly new to the world of feminism, only recently really broaching the subject because I began dating a girl who identified as a feminist.

She immediately brought to mind my only encounter with a self declared feminist, years ago: The lady told me she was a feminist and her husband was too. I remember being explicitly shocked that she had a husband for one (apparently I assumed all Feminist ladies to be either gay or man-hating. Or both.) And my next trailing memory is thinking "That poor ma...more
Elizabeth
I feel that this book comes at an excellent time. Many young teens, girls especially, are struggling to understand their civil rights in a time where women's rights are being actively challenged. Zeilinger has stepped in to provide a concise and direct primer for young people to begin their exploration of what feminism or simply human equality really means. Though the book reads as a bit of a chapter review for older feminists, it's direct and simplified explanation of feminist history and the f...more
Diana
When I saw this book as a recommendation on a website I was really excited to read a feminist book written by a girl around my age. I have yet to meet another girl my age who is a feminist. I was also really eager to read this because I saw Jessica Valenti wrote the introduction (Love myself some Jessica Valenti!). Honestly though, this book is TOO opinionated. There are hardly any facts to back up what Julie is saying. I feel like at times she goes a little too much off topic, and as another re...more
Aimee
I honestly can't recommend this. The author has a fresh style of writing that can be a great benefit to creative non-fiction, or creative fiction, but not here. This subject is a serious topic that is also extremely sensitive. The book is back to back opinion with no supporting evidence and nonstop contradiction. In one paragraph the author will make fun of, or scold female celebrities that have damaged the female image while in the next say that no one has a right to judge her for the clothes s...more
Carolyn
Though it may be a breezy little primer for the budding feminist, Zeilinger's debut reads a little too hard as an advertisement for armchair feminists. The aroma of privilege wafts through each of the two hundred odd pages. The author, though repeatedly acknowledging her white middle class status, disserves those of lesser privilege in her lukewarm, nonchalant, kitschy voice. Condescending towards the more radical forms of feminism, too succinct to be respectful of feminist history, and too far...more
Amelia
At first I couldn't decide whether I loved or hated this book, mainly because it covers so much ground in so few pages. Also, her tone gets a little obnoxious after a while. But that's probably just because I'm old and boring.

In the end, I ended up really liking it, because 1) She was trying to write an introduction to feminism for teenagers. And she definitely succeeded at that. AND 2) Because she's a teenager, the whole tone of the book just ended up being really fitting. Who better than to wr...more
Alyssa
An excellent introduction to the history of feminism and the issues women are currently facing as they fight for equality all over the world. The writing style in this book was so conversational and accessible; I could tell that more than anything, Zeilinger just wants to get the word out there about feminism and why it should not have the bad reputation that it does. I highly recommend this for both young women, young men, and anyone else who has never learned about what feminism is actually ab...more
Ryan Mishap
A breezy but serious tour of feminism that would be a great gift for the teenager in your life. She lays claim to the so-called "Third Wave" philosophy of feminism and presents the same things I have problems with when reading others in with that ilk, but the enthusiasm, humor, and right-on parts outweigh criticism.

I'd like to see the notion of "waves" either disappear, or, better, expand. After all, far more than three waves dampen the sand each day and what might be useful as a philosophical...more
Chris
Sometimes books that you pick up on whim end up being pleasant surprises. A Little F’d Up was like that for me. I found it by accident in my school library and ended up picking it up for two main reasons: it was feminist literature and it referenced Jessica Valenti on the cover, who is an author I like. I checked it out and immediately was glad that I did.

This book gives a very modern and fun approach to educating oneself on the topic of feminism. Zeilinger’s sense of humor makes the book both...more
Shannon
Finally, a feminist book written by a teen! Zeilinger does a great job delving into the teen girl psyche. This should be required reading for all high school students.
Jess
This is a book written by a young woman while she was in high school and college. I am now seriously questioning some of my life choices. I wish I’d been that mature and driven in high school.

A Little F’ed Up is a great book to introduce young women to feminism. Zeilinger does a great job at relating feminist issues to what’s happening to high school and college women right now. As someone who’s a little closer to thirty than university, I didn’t get as much out of it as I would have liked.

Jessi...more
Dana
I am conflicted writing this review. I didn’t really enjoy my reading experience of this book, but I can appreciate it for what it is. I think, had I read this as a high school student it would have been more beneficial, but most of the topics covered in the book are ideas and information I came to in college. Perhaps someone my age with a less feminist-heavy college experience could also appreciate and take more away from this book than I did. But as it were, I was very involved in feminist cau...more
Michelle
This book was so disappointing. It was full of cliches, narrow-minded, alienating, elitist, and privileged. I was hoping to find something for my younger sister to read, but I could not recommend this book to anyone, except perhaps as an example of what not to do.

From the book:

"But the reason so many of us fail to recognize the sexism that surrounds us is not that we're oblivious. (At least, most of us aren't. I won't speak for that one girl we've all been in class with - you know, the one who...more
Hollins
I really wish I could recommend this book because it's great that young women (or at least this one) care so much about feminism, but I can't. It begins with some Wikipedia research re-worded as background on important feminists then moves into some opinionated, but unsubstantiated talk about feminism. I love opinions, that's great, but not when they're presented as fact without citation or evidence. I think she wrote this when she was 17, and I'm afraid that it shows.

Young women interested in f...more
Dana
This has been probably one of the best overviews of what feminism is in today's world. Written by a woman close to my age she is witty, smart, funny nd relatable. Every girl should read this book.
Aspen Junge
A decent primer of feminist theory and history for junior high through college. It's based on the author's feminism blog and uses contemporary language to explain what feminism is, why it's still relevant today, and suggestions for activism. I didn't really learn anything, but it was a fun read.
Ale
It's horrible. I really tried to like this book, I did but he writing style and the things he writes annoy me. She has this whole thing with the "other girls" where she seems to think she is some kid of special feminist snowflake whereas every other teenage girl is an idiot. Yea not very feminist
Yaja Sa.
Received this book in a giveaway a year ago. A good book for anyone who wants to know what feminism is about. It's ideal for teens but also for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge about feminism.
April
If only the package were a little more attractive..the content is pitch-perfect for modern, accessible feminism for all women, especially those in the "post-feminist" (sarcastic air-quotes) generations.
Allison
It wasn't bad. The beginning and history was really good but I just wasn't the target audience and so the further I got into it I just started loosing interest.
Lillian
I totes forgot to put the date that I finished this book. OOPS. ANYWAY. A good introduction to feminism in an interesting manner! I liked it. :)
Monica
Good overview of important concepts. Some parts could be revised to be more sensitive/understanding of social context.
Darlene
See my review on the Kindle edition. I don't know why these are on separate pages.
Beth
Jul 02, 2012 Beth marked it as wanna-read-but-library-does-not-own  ·  review of another edition
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Originally from Pepper Pike, Ohio, 19-year-old Julie Zeilinger is currently an undergraduate at Barnard College, Columbia University. Julie is the founder and editor of the FBomb (thefbomb.org) a feminist blog and community for teens and young adults who care about their rights and want to be heard.

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“But somehow things took a sinister turn, and the division of labor came to be understood as the demarcation of a social hierarchy. Women kept busy with numerous domestic responsibilities while their male counterparts' sole duty was tending to the flocks. Men had time to think critically, form political infrastructures, and ultimately, network with other men. Meanwhile, women were kept too busy to notice that somewhere along the line, they had become inferior. This is approximately when shit hit the fan.” 5 likes
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