F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism
Ms. McKeon has plenty to say on the subject of anti-feminists and why they are wrong but I don't think her intermittent snarkiness really makes her voice more credible and it does nothing to bring said anti-fems back onside. Basically this book is only interested in preaching to the converted. Whi ...more
F-Bomb gives us an ...more
Having been in the thick of the feminist movement in the States, I hoped by now no one would take umbrage with the importance or accomplishments of it, that no one would feel a righteous indignation at the thought someone might consider them "feminist".
According to McKeon's examination of anti-feminist sentiment, a whole lot more people than most of us think are in th ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook.
The author is one I would define as a hardcore or even radical feminist. Maybe it's not a phrase I should use, maybe the term should just be feminist and there shouldn't be this divisiveness or will to break the movement into smaller sections.
I like her ...more
I seem to be adding a new shelf: books that look at the unimaginable side. I was fascinated by What Slaveholders Think, and flabbergasted by Women Against Abortion. Now comes F-Bomb, in which Lauren McKeon ventures to interview and understand women vociferously against feminism. It gets ugly, but she handles it with aplomb. And thankfully, humor.
McKeon says the dictionary definition of feminist is “someone who believes in the social, political and economic equa ...more
(One of those reviews where I spend more time ruminating on my own mind than on the book in question.)
If the goal of F-Bomb was self-reflection, than hurrah! It succeeded. Because I sit here and think and think and think and think about what I want to say about this book, about what didn't really work for me with it, and then I end up thinking about my twenties and then that day in my thirties where I just decided to take all the liberal feminism blogs off my RSS feed (yes, this was a while ago)...more
Wow, this book! The writing was great, but the topics varied from interesting to shocking, to I-have-to-put-it-down-rage-inducing. *To be clear - the author, Lauren McKeon, does not share the beliefs in this book, she was reporting on them.*
I knew the whole concept of Men's Rights Activists (MRAs) existed ...more
*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
one thing I particularly enjoyed was the Canadian references. so often the books I read are pretty US-centric so this was a plus for me.
a side thought from me: so as I read this, in my bag I was also carrying my book non violent communication, and I wonder how effective this form of commu ...more
McKeon looks at the new generation of young women who feel that the fight for equal rights is over and don’t believe it is under attack. As an early feminist, and the daughter and grad-daughter of feminists, I find it aggravating to hear young woman (and some young men) say that the fight is over. Is no one reading the news? McKeon presents arguments for continuing the fight for equality, reproductive laws, and consent information. H ...more
Overall, I’m onboard with most of what she lays out.
She also gave me a few new facts/viewpoints I hadn’t heard, and I’m always happy with a book that can provide that.
But as the book progressed, I kept getting pulled out by the feeling that the author has absolutely zero interest in hearing opinions/stances contrary to her own; that such voices are breezily dismissed and/or mocked.
There really wasn’t much here that I wasn’t at least peripherally aware of already. I didn’t find any amazing new insights.
(I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway on goodreads)
As a man in late 60's who raised a feminist daughter, I learnt a lot about anti-feminists, their arguments, their leaders, their tactics. I highly recommend it even if you're a feminist, man or woman. ...more