I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times

176p. bibliog. glossary. photos. websites. Orca. May 2019. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781459818927.
Gr 9 Up—Writing in a conversational and engaging style, Polak weaves personal experiences with interviews, history, and facts to explore feminism. The first chapter in this fast, accessible read covers the three waves of feminism, with the rest of the work focusing on specific topics—from body image to intersectionality to raising feminist boys. Each section is smartly designed; color and black-and-white photos of people involved in the equal rights movement are included, and an illustration opens each chapter. Thought-provoking sidebars will draw readers into current conversations. For example, the author presents many sides when discussing a nail polish that changes color if the wearer comes into contact with date-rape drugs: "Some rape-prevention activist have reservations about the new nail polish. They worry that it places responsibility on potential victims and could lead to more victim blaming." The extensive back matter will please researchers, though many of the references and resources focus on Canada; however, this does not detract from the overall message.
VERDICT A first purchase for larger libraries, or a general buy for smaller ones.

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