Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

By Kelly Jensen (Ed.)

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Published by Algonquin BFYR

My Rating: five-stars

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

Let’s get the feminist party started!

Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist. It’s packed with essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia, politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular YA authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more. Altogether, the book features more than forty-four pieces, with an eight-page insert of full-color illustrations.

Here We Are is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.

I follow Kelly Jensen on social media and have read her work at Stacked, and more recently Book Riot. So I feel like I’ve known about this book for a while, and have been eagerly anticipating it!

I took my time reading this book. It was interesting, thought-provoking, educational, intersectional, and something that I’m so happy exists. I also loved the look of the physical book.

The book is split into several parts: Starting the Journey; Body and Mind; Gender, Sex, and Sexuality; Culture and Pop Culture; Relationships; Confidence and Ambition; and Go Your Own Way. I found so much to think about and enjoy in each section, and even though I think it’s written for a teen audience, don’t let that hold you back from picking up a copy and reading! This would have been super eye-opening for me as a teenager, but I think there’s something for everyone in this collection, including adults.

Definitely recommended!

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