Girl Drive

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Do young women in America identify with feminism? Nona Willis Aronowitz, took a cross-country road trip to find the answer and now reports back the thoughts of 200 women in her new book, Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism.


Nona Willis Aronowitz

Comments [8]

Nona from Chicago, IL

Penny--we got the bumper sticker at Bookwoman, Austin's feminist bookstore!

Nov. 01 2009 10:14 PM
Penny Jones from Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Nona mentioned buying a bumper sticker in Austin saying "Eve was framed." Nona, please let me know specifically where in Austin you bought it, for I desperately need one! Thanks.

Oct. 29 2009 05:16 PM
mozo from nyc

To Inquisigal:

I think the answer is that ironically some of these girls actually look at themselves as being feminist in that they are adapting a more agressive (i.e. male) approach to sexuality. They are also trying to drink like their male counterparts in college. I sadly witnessed this a few months ago at a party in Central Florida. Female binge drinking on campuses is growing to the point that some sociologists say the rates will be the same as college males in 10 years.

Oct. 29 2009 02:02 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

Suki, you're wrong. Sorry. Obama lied to Planned Parenthood (feminists) and the feminists played dead. That is truly sad.

Oct. 29 2009 11:51 AM
anonymous from manhattan

glad she's keeping the discussion alive and thank you for having her on. it's important for young women to keep up the dialogue. best of luck to her.

Oct. 29 2009 11:45 AM
Suki from Williamsburg

Peter - you're wrong. Sorry. Feminism is not defined by political affiliation.

Oct. 29 2009 11:44 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn, NY

I'm looking forward to hearing some of what Ms. Aronowitz heard from the women she spoke with and hoping to be inspired; as a 40 year-old, I'm often flummoxed by a large portion of the younger generation of women who seem oblivious to the ways in which society is still skewed toward a male perspective. I'm also flummoxed by the whole "Girls Gone Wild" culture, and why any girl/woman thinks showing her breasts to slobbering, drunk men is empowering. Can Ms. Aronowitz shed any light on that?

Not only are abortion rights and workplace issues still in need of our attention, but our pop culture is degenerating, too; the fact that female performers these days absolutely must be beautiful & stacked in order to get any media coverage, and worst - the fact that young teenage women in movies look like beauty pageant contenders is sending a strong and concerning message. How refreshing would it be to have another Janis Joplin come along....

I hope younger women and girls will do what they can to change things.

Oct. 29 2009 11:01 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

It seems to me that many young women are more apt to identify with anti-Republicanism (anti-Bush) then with feminism. Obama’s base, his core supporters, are women before anyone else. Yet Obama’s core supporters, women, allow themselves to be lied to and marginalized. Obama promised Planned Parenthood (and women) that his very first act as president would be strengthening abortion rights. Now Obama says he doesn’t have time for abortion rights. Obama’s inner circle seems to be an all male affair as well except for H. Clinton. Obama’s view that there isn’t time to deal with his abortion rights promise is clearly something that feminists are scared to touch which makes me question if feminism even exists anymore.

Oct. 29 2009 09:47 AM

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