Fire with Fire: New Female Power and How It Will Change

Fire with Fire: New Female Power and How It Will Change the Twenty-First Century In her bestselling book The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf sought to change the way in which women see themselves in relation to their bodies Now she focuses on how they see themselves in relation to powerShe argues that the feminist movement has to change if it is to speak to a new generation of women, and that, even as women are gaining ground than ever before, a wariness of feminist orthodoxies keeps them away from the only movement capable of putting political clout behind their personal success The book represents a call to women to throw off centuries of conditioning about the relationship between power and femininity I enjoy Naomi Wolf s writing It took me awhile to get through this book mainly because the writing is serious Though this book was written in the 90s, the content is still extremely relevant Naomi Wolf deconstructs the feminist movement into the concept of victim feminism versus the concept of power feminism She discusses women s relationships with one another and with power and how the 90s sparked a movement among women when Anita Hill spoke out about sexual harassment and Clarence Thomas I enjoy Naomi Wolf s writing It took me awhile to get through this book mainly because the writing is serious Though this book was written in the 90s, the content is still extremely relevant Naomi Wolf deconstructs the feminist movement into the concept of victim feminism versus the concept of power feminism She discusses women s relationships with one another and with power and how the 90s sparked a movement among women when Anita Hill spoke out about sexual harassment and Clarence Thomas This book caused me to re think how I have successfully related to other women and if that is because I have mastered the art of connection which women are encouraged to focus on instead of healthy competition I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in feminism Re read this after almost 25 years just to see how much of what Wolf predicted didn t happen This book is excellent and I recommend it to everybody Wolf analyzes in a clear, differentiated and personally honest manner the double standards and intellectual dishonesty of a particular branch of feminism that which cast women in the roles of eternal, saintly victims and declares men to be the enemy and how this victim feminism has damaged and still damages the struggle for women s rights She makes it clear that women do not have to proove that they are somehow better than men in o This book is excellent and I recommend it to everybody Wolf analyzes in a clear, differentiated and personally honest manner the double standards and intellectual dishonesty of a particular branch of feminism that which cast women in the roles of eternal, saintly victims and declares men to be the enemy and how this victim feminism has damaged and still damages the struggle for women s rights She makes it clear that women do not have to proove that they are somehow better than men in order to claim their fair share of the world we are entitled to it simply because we are human beings The passages about acknowledging men s full humanity as well as women s and about embracing a positive concept of female sexuality are particularly inspiring.If I have a problem with the book it is the way power and money are presented as the primary solution I love to see sucessful women and I cheer them on where I can, and I completely agree with Wolf that women can and should aspire to positions of power and wealth However, it remains a fact of life that serious power and wealth can only ever be acquired by a few The majority of women like the majority of men will remain ordinary citizens with moderate financial means I d like Wolf to explainclearly what her vision for this majority is Reading thisthan 10 years after publication , the issues of North American feminism from that time do not seem so compelling in the face of greater problems today such as the prevalence of recreational rape and rape as a weapon of war and the massive growth in human trafficking.

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