Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including Ms, Harper's, and Elle, and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.
This collection of original essays about the "third wave" of feminism addresses the concerns of young feminists today. Edited and introduced by Dicker (English, Westminster Coll.) and Piepmeier (women's studies, Vanderbilt Univ.), the essays focus on consciousness-raising through philosophy, world reality, and history. The premise is that a new generation of feminists is much needed to eradicate the pervasive sexism of our culture. Included are timely pieces that regard such topics as the role of feminism in the Middle East, the importance of developing feminist movements on college campuses, and the quest for a third-wave super-leader. Interspersed among the more serious essays are such delights as an analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a discussion of hip-hop feminism, and a look at a mail-order bride/fake porn satirical web site (www.bigbadchinesemama.com). Intended for those with a serious interest in women's studies, the book is well organized and detailed and contains an extensive bibliography. Essential for academic institutions, it is also recommended for public libraries to complement their feminist collections.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Compelling and conversational without sounding angry or overtly academic . . . "--Transformations "Rory Dicker and Alison Piepmeier edited the book they wanted to read and teach, constructing it around the consciousness-raising model to reflect the progression from self-discovery to feminist identification and collective political action. This organization makes Catching a Wave a unique primer for people new to feminism and its ideals. Its chapters also reawaken those of us who need a reminder of the connections among our personal lives, the hegemonic social order, and superstructures."--SIGNS SIGNS" Transformations"