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I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty

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Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them.

We hear from Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project), Reni Eddo-Lodge (award-winning journalist and author), Yas Necati (an eighteen-year-old activist), Laura Pankhurst, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and an
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Published January 31st 2017 by Virago (first published November 5th 2015)
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Amy | littledevonnook
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very inspiring and thought-provoking novel told from 25 different women.

I think this would be a great read for anyone who may want to learn about feminism and is not sure where to start! The books holds a collection of short article-style segments from 25 women under the age of 30 who identify as feminists. There are definitely some that I found a lot more interesting than others and some that I felt I learnt a bit more from. I found the segments from women from different nationalities to myse
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I want to shove under the nose of everyone I know under 30 who does not identify with feminism and/or the struggle for gender equality (which is the same thing, but, you know, people sometimes disagree with that. There is some things said about that in the book, actually).

Did my knowledge of feminism deepen strongly through reading this book? No, but I'm doing a master's in this field, so that's not what I expected from reading this anyway. Did some things come up again and agai
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Add this to your list - you will not be disappointed.

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One of the best nonfiction reads of the year!

I call myself a feminist – quietly, carefully, almost fearfully… for conflict is not my middle name…well, ok, maybe… sometimes it is. I call myself a feminist – loudly, proudly and want to change the world, for the world to be so much better for everyone! The term feminism/feminist is still so conflicting; a dirty word, conjuring a stereotype (of women emasculating men) that instils a fear t
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
3.5 stars.

I read this book as the very first monthly read for the Feminist Orchestra bookclub here on Goodeeads. If you are interested in reading and discussing some feminist literature, please do join up!

I Call Myself a Feminist is not going to blow your mind if you're not new to feminism, and have read essays/books on the subject before. This is very much an introductory-level book, and something to help ease people new to feminism into reading some more non-fiction on the subject. Does that
Nov 05, 2015 added it
Recommended to Michelle by: Jean Menzies
The other day I saw a tweet from superb author Louise O’Neill that really resonated with me. To be honest, her whole Twitter feed is fabulous. But this in particular summed up how I’m feeling about my outlook on life right now:

“I feel like I’ve spent the last 6 years unlearning everything I learnt in the 25 years before that.”

Except my journey to unlearn the harmful stereotypes I’ve grown up with is really only just beginning. Feminism is definitely part of that for me. I really only started cal
Elli (The Bibliophile)
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism
I'm a bit conflicted about this collection of personal essays/musings about feminism. On the one hand, this book delivers on what it promises: the views of 25 women under 30 of feminism. These articles were often quite personal, which I liked. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of how the book was structured. I don't really think that the quotes, which are a big chunk of the book, added much to the book. Some quotes were well chosen, while others just seemed a bit out of place. It looked like ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Even though I'm over thirty, I thought I might still enjoy reading this, the first group read of the Feminist Orchestra Book Club. It is a compilation of a bunch of short essays, more like testimonials, from women under thirty. I think a lot of young women would find themselves in these pages, and may find gentle introductions to issues such as intersectionality. Interspersed between the essays are quotes from women over thirty - writers, artists, revolutionaries - and I have to be honest, most ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
Really liked it! Combine interesting essays (some I loved, some I liked, some were just kind of okay) and inspirational quotes and you have a very addictive book. Maybe a longer review will come in the near future.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this might be one of the best books I've read as a kind of basics-primer on the concerns and current landscapes of feminism. If you've been around the block (so to speak) on issues of feminism, culture, race, and other areas of intersectionality, this book probably won't be that revelatory for you. It wasn't really, for me. But even if the information isn't new, there is a feeling of support and camaraderie within this book that I found really empowering (even if it does occasionally go ...more
Jenn Sadai
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an insightful and empowering book for women. I think it would have had a life-changing impact if I hadn't recently discovered many of these lessons on my own. I would definitely recommend it to anyone under the age of 30 or any woman who questions why we need feminism. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ylenia by: Jean Menzies
PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge: a book recommended by someone you just met.

*3.5 stars*

I was really excited for this book! Having finally read it I can say: it wasn't really that new content for me.
It contains 25 short essays in which women under thirty explain why they call themselves feminist. It also had a lot of quotes and extracts from other books, which helped to extend my already pretty long TBR.

It was really diverse and varied in terms of content - an example: intersectionality is discus
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely super interesting - many interesting opinions. I did really appreciate the intersectionality of the entire thing and highly appreciated many of the quotes that were put between the different short essays. Especially if you're sort of new to feminism, I'd definitely recommend this book, but I also think that as an "experienced" feminist, you can still take away something from this book. ...more
Rachael (pagesofpiper)
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing stuff. I really enjoyed reading about feminists from all different countries and cultures and what feminism means to them. Even picking up this book from the library someone commented that I'm trying to be a "stronger" woman. Very relatable stories of things that women experience on a daily basis. This book should make people stop and challenge the way they think. ...more
Lucy Somerhalder
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although there was nothing really new to the debate here, I don't think that that was ever the point. This collection of short essays and poignant quotes is a great little top up/reminder that we're not alone, and it's especially reassuring to hear such energy and focus coming from the youngsters. Thanks, sisters! ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very humorous and yet thought-provoking and interesting. Lighter than I expected, not heavy going but each part is a few pages long, each an essay from a different perspective. Worth the read for any young woman
Jakob Tanner
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Most of my thoughts can be found in this video review here: ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
If I were to have read this book when I first started to learn about feminism I would have devoured this and rated it much higher. There’s so much a young person or a new-to-feminism person can learn from this. There’s a lot of diverse voices and issues discussed in relation to feminism but not a lot of depth. It’s all put in a simple and straightforward way, and for someone who is new to this that would be awesome, to someone who is past the introduction phase this seems a bit too easy. Neverth ...more
Girl with her Head in a Book
Two years ago, I read Fifty Shades of Feminism – a true battle cry for modern women. I Call Myself A Feminist is in many ways a younger sibling to the other book, with the editors of the first having suggested the project and convened the editors. Its selling point is that all of the contributors are under thirty, meaning that I veering to being out of the demographic (not yet, but nearly) and that what is being presented is very much Feminist Future. I loved Fifty Shades of Feminism but I Call ...more
Laura Lacey
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a really great collection of essays written by young women, explaining the aspects of feminism that mean the most and have impacted on them in some way. I liked the range of stories - some that related to my everyday life and other more extreme stories from all over the globe. The plight of the young woman injured in an acid attack in Pakistan was particularly upsetting. The idea that a woman could be attacked for trying to have a say in who their husband is the reason we need feminism t ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
‘I Call Myself a Feminist’ is a great collection of essays written by woman. And I would recommend it to everybody. Not only does it make you think about what the real meaning of the word feminism is, but also that this is something that should be important to many more people.
The essays are all written differently and all have another subjects. And what I loved most was the way these essays were all written by people from different backgrounds. It really was fun to read.

This was such a touchin
Samie Sands
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
#ICallMyselfAFeminist Wow, what a powerful set of essays written by some extremely smart women. It's great in a day and age where feminism seems to be viewed in a negative way, to have it written down just how important it is, and how much it affects our everyday lives. Things are still not equal - and that needs to be addressed. Women and men should read this book - it'll change your perspective on so many things! ...more
Helen Driver
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
It gets better as you go through, the first couple of essays are kind of pointless, they don't really cover any new ground or provoke any kind of interesting thoughts, but after the fourth or fifth one it picks up and there are some really interesting entries in this book. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book felt more like a set of blog posts than a properly edited book. While the quotes were fitting and many of the essays interesting, I found the themes repetitive and that they often skimmed the surface of very important feminist issues.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, non-fiction
I think this is a great intriduction to feminism.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite interesting and a nice collection of different options about feminism. I recommend it!
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
As many other people have noted, this is really an introduction to feminism book so it didn't have much new to bring to the table. Additionally, I would not have ended the book on the note they did. The "wrap up" so to say was all about what male feminists can/should do. While I find this to be a good topic and can totally be mentioned in the book, it did not feel like the essay and quotes to finish it off with.

Now, I know the point of these reviews is not to just quote from the text, but I figu
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has got 25 strong voices. It is on the days when you are feeling low about your circumstances of being a woman, or in general feeling down about something, that this book will come to your rescue and lift you up with a soft touch of strength and opinion.

This book has offered different perspectives on feminism as a word and also as activism. Every one might be able to find at least one essay that relates to them in a way that they can identify themselves as feminists. It's rare to come
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
This was a great read and very inspirational. I love that there were essays from so many different women and I enjoyed reading about their unique perspectives. The quotes in between all the essays were great too. If I could offer one criticism, it would be that not all the essays were very interesting and some of the quotes didn't really offer anything new. ...more
Sarah Emilia Hopkins
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very informative and emotionally impacting. I like how some of the chapters were more personal and some more about general statistics, it was a nice balance. The quotes inbetween the chapters were nice sometimes but sometimes they were a little vague and felt like fillers.
But overall worth the buy and the read!
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