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Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism

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Why do some women struggle to identify as feminists, despite their commitment to gender equality? How do other aspects of our identities - such as race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, and more - impact how we relate to feminism? Why is intersectionality so important?

In challenging, incisive, and fearless essays - all of which appear here for the first time - sevente
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Penguin Books
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful collection in defining the scope of intersectional feminism. The concept of intersectionality has been bubbling up to "mainstream feminism" for the last 5 years or so, but has really started to be seen & heard in the Trump era. I really appreciated having a single volume provide so much clarity as to exactly WHAT we're talking about with respect to intersectionality- for instance, I really appreciated having "immigrant" added to my thinking about intersectional feminis ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this essay collection. Illuminating, uncomfortable, important, and the epitome of intersectional. Each essay broadened my perspective and taught me something new. This was absolutely another case where I feel like I nearly highlighted the whole thing, there was just so much to take away. I definitely recommend this for anyone who calls themself a feminist.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lot, but it gave me so, so much to think about from so many different points of view.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-10-of-2018
A really stellar collection. Highly recommended!
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this collection. So thoughtfully written and thought-provoking. A great primer for intersectional feminism, and also helpful for continued learning. Not too theory heavy and I learned a lot.
Dana Portwood
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a white woman of privilege who has only recently learned to question established systems of power for their inherent racism. I am also a woman who has suffered misogyny, abuse, fear, and shame because of my gender. This book met me at the intersectionality of these two truths and showed me how far I have traveled, and how very far I have yet to go to better advocate for all women and to be a better human in general. I believe we can't help where and how we are born, but we can help whether ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
[ 4.5 stars ]

This collection of essays was extremely enlightening & a very timely read.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very self-explanatory, it's an anthology of essays about intersectional feminism. I think everyone could benefit from reading this, especially since what we see about feminism in the media is often streamlined to fit a very narrow point of view. Because these essays are written by a group of very diverse women, we can better understand that feminism shouldn't be limited to one box.

The essays range from things like body diversity, ableism, racism, abortion, homophobia, transphobia, i
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was very much looking forward to reading this. Started, but stopped dead in my tracks during the intro alone. The authoress chilled me to my bone with her feelings of superiority. She feels that her feminism is the only correct type of feminism and everyone else who is not doing what she does is wrong.
She wastes no time in impaling white women for not picking up her cause and says "The problem with mainstream feminism, again and again, is the frivolity of the issues it is concerned with: mansp
Alexandra Taylor
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An #ownvoices collection of essays written by up and coming, influential feminists, many of whom if not all belong to one minority or another. With a range of authors from Muslim, Lesbians, Transgender African Americans, African Americans and Bisexual Catholics the wide diversity that is present in this books is outstanding. Each essay is unique from the perspective of the author looking at things such as race and transgender, race and
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Especially with feminism, I want a book to teach me something. I want it to open me up to some new perspectives, particularly one that due to my own upbringing and the inherent privileges I'm afforded due to my race/class/sexuality/gender/ability etc. And this slim collection of essays from a variety of amazing and intelligent people definitely taught me something with each different perspective.
This is, in its purest form, an excellent book. It pushes intersectionality right to the forefront o
Kenneth Wade
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very insightful and well-made anthology that represents a diverse selection of women and non-binary folks. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to discover new perspectives and expand their knowledge of feminism. A couple of the essays were a bit repetitive, but overall I took left each one with something valuable.

4.25 out of 5
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good comprehensive and intersectional (as oft referenced) book of essays looking at feminism from varied viewpoints from the body to whiteness (which is also oft referenced and some essays explore this more distinctly than others) to insular feminism to religion & feminism to expectation. Eric-Udorie did a good job of gaining voices that represent the transgender, disabled, queer, and Black/brown viewpoints as well as voices like Nicole Dennis-Benn and Evette Dionne speaking on how they ca ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Barbara Smith, in an interview in How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (2017), said : "What we were saying is that we have a right as people who are not just female, who are not solely Black, who are not just lesbians, who are not just working class, or workers - that we are people who embody all of these identities, and we have a right to build and define political theory and practice based upon that reality." That sentiment also finds itself in the new anthol
Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling collection of essays on intersectional feminism, calling on readers to question their privilege and consider a broader definition of feminism than has previously been offered in the mainstream discussions. This collection was timely, thought provoking, inclusive, and a prism of perspectives. I was captivated by the depth of perspectives and the honesty of the discussions. This is one of the most powerful essay collections I have read in a long time. June Eric-Udorie has asse ...more
Robin Morgan
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this inspiring book about womanhood and the feminists who are fighting a struggle for their gender thanks to my good neighbor and “sister” who allowed me to read it on her KINDLE before she did.

What woman doesn’t know the 1971 song by Helen Reddy “I Am Woman”? This song, is a song which celebrates female empowerment and became an enduring anthem for the women’s liberation movement. We need to remember that this movement has been a political alignment of women and feminist intellectualism
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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We must build a feminism reliant on community rather than on hierarchy. I urge all feminists, put gender-nonconforming people at the heart of your work; with alliance and empathy we can truly move toward radical change. Let us speak; give us platforms; ask us to write, talk, and lecture, we can share, create, and thrive if given spaces to do so.
Soofiya Andry, "Deviant Bodies"

This excerpt from the final essay of the collection speaks to the crucial work editor June Eric-Udorie has done with thi
Anne Nerison
I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of Goodreads' giveaway program.

Can We All Be Feminists? is an important addition to the feminist canon, especially with its focus on intersectional feminism and how mainstream feminism has at various times failed minorities—whether the minority status is because of sexual identity, race/ethnic background, disability, physical size, or religion. The essays were certainly eye-opening to how women have felt failed or let down by feminism, an
Ben Truong
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism is an anthology of personal essays about the intersectionality of feminism and was collected and edited by June Eric-Udorie. The theme of this anthology is feminism viewed through the lens of race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, and the like.

Intersectinality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as clas
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, I come across a book that gives me plenty of food for thought. Can We All Be Feminists was one of them. It put how I felt about feminism into words. I have always identified as a feminist since I was little. However, during these past years, I felt like feminism failed me. I felt like it was focusing on trifling things. And I felt somehow uneasy to identify with the movement I used to admired and felt proud to support. This book somehow helped me reconcile with feminism by layin ...more
Julia Kardon
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first anthology on feminism to tackle intersectionality, this groundbreaking collection has essays on feminist issues that are rarely discussed as feminist issues: race, class, Islam, fat, religion, sex work, disability, and more! I was particularly stunned by the nuance with which June Eric-Udorie introduces the topics, especially since she's only nineteen. (!) I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the limitations of feminism and the issues facing the movement today, partic ...more
Emma Franieczek
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read! It's not an academic study of feminism but rather the authors recounting their own varied experiences giving it a much more personal and relatable point of view. The main theme across this book is intersectionality and the authors are varied and so can really draw a great interscectional view. This book is eye opening and each essay is thought provoking and engaging. If you've done a bit of feminist reading already then this is a great next step without getting bogged d ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This anthology has been curated and edited so thoughtfully. Articulating intersectional feminist issues through both theory and personal anecdotes, each essay grapples with the central question: can we all be feminists? Recommended reading for anyone who identifies as a feminist, providing a vital reminder of (or introduction to) all the ways in which this term is fraught for those that the movement neglects and excludes.
Beth Newhart
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the essays in this book are great and essential, but I especially loved Gabrielle Bellot's critical look at Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her history of TERF comments. She's so often included in collections like this one and still lauded as a perfect feminist by a lot of people, so it's important that she's held accountable and that this book amplifies intersectional voices. Would highly recommend 👍
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of thought provoking essays. Feminism can not only be about the liberation of white women at the expense of everyone else. Rather, it should be a lens to dismantle ALL systems of oppression that intersect with gender: race, class, ableism, sexual orientation, weight, etc.

I devoured this book. You should too!
Amirah Jiwa
Like most essay collections, I enjoyed some pieces more than others but overall this was a great (re)introduction to intersectionality. I especially enjoyed the introduction by Eric-Udorie—it provided a concise but comprehensive overview of feminism (and the movement's shortcomings).
Jamie Leigh
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know a single person who should not read this book. If you already claim the adjective "feminist" or if you have yet to, this should help open the door to essential conversations moving forward toward greater equality.
Melinda Lewis
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super helpful and a necessary reminder that complacency is a threat.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to give this more than 5 stars.
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June Eric-Udorie is a twenty-year-old British writer and feminist activist. Named Elle UK’s “Female Activist of the Year” for 2017, she has been included on lists of influential and inspiring women by the BBC, the Guardian, and more. A co-founder of “Youth for Change”, an initiative that works to combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage around the world, her advocacy has taken her to c ...more
“The problem with mainstream feminism, again and again, is the frivolity of the issues it is concerned with: manspreading, “girl power” and female “empowerment,” articles with headlines like CAN YOU BE A FEMINIST AND WEAR MAKEUP? As they fight these lesser battles, white women ignore the ways that their Black and brown, disabled, and trans sisters are still shackled by multiple forms of oppression.” 0 likes
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