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Leslie Kern wants your city to be feminist. An intrepid feminist geographer, Kern combines memoir, theory, pop culture, and geography in this collection of essays that invites the reader to think differently about city spaces and city life.

From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Between the Lines
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Justin
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***

Have you ever wondered about who cities are designed for? Probably not. In fact, you may have noted that cities could be designed better but probably never considered who would benefit from the design change. In the book, Feminist City: A Field Guide by Leslie Kern examines how cities can not only be designed better for women but also the positive and negative impact cities have on women’s lives. Kern maintains that cities are
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Basma
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book about what it would be like if we can imagine a feminist city and how the current geographies of cities impact women. Geography here means our relationships with the environment and how we interact with it and how it interacts with us in a way. It predominantly focuses on the geographic perspective of gender and how sexism functions on the ground.

There's a lot about this book that is fascinating and seeing the dots being connected just continues to show how strongly patriarchal
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J Earl
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feminist City: A Field Guide from Leslie Kern is an informative and interesting look at aspects that would go into trying to create something resembling a city that works for and with all, or at least the vast majority, of people.

While she is calling this a "feminist" city, which I do think is an accurate term, she is not claiming that women's issues and only women's issues should be considered. Since so many conflate feminism with some kind of "only for women" thinking, some may initially think
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Ksenia Kulichik
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cities, netgalley
Leslie Kern’s “Feminist City” was my first encounter with feminist geography. It is something one intuitively can conceptualize, but not necessarily successfully define and put into words. The problem afflicts not just the outsiders to the field such as myself, but seemingly Leslie Kern as well, despite her career in researching and teaching the subject.

“Feminist City” is a loosely structured look at different issues faced by women in cities, how they intersect with other peoples’ identities,
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Istoria Lit
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s weird to think of buildings and places making equality harder. In Feminist City, Leslie Kern talks about the difficulties that we have using the environment that has been made around. Most of the challenges we face in navigating both urban and rural domestic settings is because it is literally man-made. A cis white straight average height, able-bodied male and the average nuclear family is typically the template used when building cities in the western world. When you go in to a bookshop ...more
Suzy
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feminist City: A Field Guide is a look at urban planning through an intersectional feminist lens, written by feminist and urban geographer Leslie Kern. With no background in this topic, I was a bit worried that this would be inaccessible. But, through chapters titled City of Men, City of Moms, City of Friends, City of One, City of Protest, City of Fear, and City of Possibility, I was able to get an introduction to many of the challenges, nuances, and imagined futures of cities. Kern talks ...more
Laura Hanna-White
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 40%

Started off interesting, but it would have had more impact if it was more concise.
The topic itself is an interesting one, and not something I previously knew much about, but again, to the lay person who doesn't have a special interest in feminist geography, it makes for a lengthy read in parts.
I commend the author for looking at the world with this unique take on geography, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this (thanks Netgalley), but again, I think this could have been more
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Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment/women's and gender studies and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She holds a PhD in women’s studies from York University. As an academic, Leslie writes about gender, gentrification, and feminism and teaches urban, social, and feminist geography. Her research has received a National Housing Studies ...more