Here We Are:Feminism For The Real World Kelly Jenson Book Review



Goodreads Summary:


Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You’ve come to the right place.

Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

Welcome to one of the most life-changing parties around!

My Rating:5/5 stars
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
      Honestly this book couldn’t have come at a better time.I got this book Thursday afternoon and that same day my class was having yet again a discussion about feminism and yet again this one guy kept on saying that it wasn’t needed and that women and men were as equal as they can get. To get a picture of the type of person he is:he’s a trump supporter,anti-abortion and doesn’t believe in global warming.He’s a real joy to have in class. Anyway so I didn’t participate in the discussion because number 1 I hate talking in class and number 2 it’s like talking to a brick wall.
         So the moment I got this book I just sat down and read it cover to cover and god I wish I could just throw this at the guy and maybe he’d understand? This book was so on point and accurate and beautiful and just really great. This book is really great if you know nothing about feminism and you want to learn, or if you just want  to read a bunch of essays by some kick ass people. There are essays by Amandla Stenberg, Kody Keplinger,  and Mindy Kaling. There are interviews with Courtney Summers,Laurie Halse Anderson and Laverne Cox. Literally all these essays were perfection and I disliked like two of them. Not only are the essays kickass but the format is beautiful. It’s like this scrapbook style which beautiful pages and doodles and artwork and it just makes it all the more enjoyable. A pretty book makes a good book 100x better.
       One of the reasons I think this book is so important is because there’s a lot of diverse people who write about their struggles. Something that was said a lot during the class discussion  was that women have come a long way in the past few decades.And while I agree with that sentiment I also think that’s a very white and privileged perspective because while white woman may have gained a considerable amount of privilege, you’re completely ignoring the oppression of marginalized women. I feel like a lot of feminism chooses to forget about those women,and believes that one everything is okay for them,everything is okay which really isn’t the case. As Here We Are  wonderfully illustrates:feminism is about equality for everyone.You can’t just stop caring once everything is okay for you. If you call yourself a feminist  and you’re racist,homophobic,or transphobic, you’re not actually a feminist. I think that this book really puts everything into perspective and makes you reevaluate your feminism.
       Read this book. If you read one non-fiction book this year, read this one because it’s beautiful and wonderful and so extremely revelant with everything that’s going on.Feminism isn’t just about women, it’s about race,it’s about religion, it’s about discriminnation against all people.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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