The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism

The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism by Ellie Levenson

Published by One World. UK Full price £9.99.

Available from all good bookshops and public libraries.

This is also available through Amazon (Please see here for reviews policy)

As someone who has  been proudly calling herself a feminist since 1968 (I was born in 1955, two younger brothers, inevitable really), I have despaired over recent years as somehow the F word became a term of abuse, or worse, ridicule.

So I was very interested to see the advance publicity for this book and immediately put in an order.

Since publication it’s received some mixed reviews. Occasionally it had me spluttering mildly, but overall I think it’s worth reading; I always take a copy along to my seminars for women to look at. I like her sections on the use of language (very important and influential in how we think) and I like her views on how middle aged women are treated as invisble (well, I would wouldn’t I?). And certain parts made me pause for thought and reconsider my own long held views, and that’s always a good thing.

I think some of the tales of her domesticity work less well, although I loved the vulnerability of the description of her engagement and joy over her ring.

A single book on feminism is never going to suit all tastes; Ellie ploughs her own furrow and says what she believes; for that alone I recommend it to you – I love it when people have the courage of their convictions. It does add something to the debate and it is an easy and enjoyable read, as you might expect from someone who writes for both The Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

This link will take you to my interview with Ellie. And clicking here will take you to Ellie’s page on Amazon

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Posted on January 6th, 2010 by

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