In her book Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto Jessa Crispin claims that she is not a feminist… and then continues to talk about the importance of feminism.
It is my belief that to have a good, well-formed opinion one must read or learn about the opposing side’s viewpoint. In order to have a better understanding and a good argument, knowing the other side’s viewpoint may help
one to explain your own opinions better.
I read Why I Am Not a Feminist because I had heard a few things about it and I wanted to know why this woman was giving up on feminism.
From the very beginning of this book, I was a bit annoyed, not at what the author was saying, but how she was saying it. This was more of a long rant than an informational book. I prefer to read others’ arguments in a calm and collected tone, rather than a diatribe. Although, I understand the need to be angry because you care about a topic.
If you’re looking for a book about why feminism isn’t needed (although it is), this isn’t what you’re looking for. Jessa Crispin, although claiming not to be, is a feminist. From what I gathered from her book she just doesn’t want to be grouped with feminists whom she does not agree with.
Many of the arguments in this book do not seem well developed and often contradict each other. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, you should read this for yourself, but often times I found myself asking “who are you talking about?” for I have never met a feminist who thought or acted the way that she claims feminists do.
If there was one thing I agreed with, it was this:
“Our jobs as feminists… should be listening to the wants and needs of women that might differ from our own.”
Overall this book seemed like a lot of poorly formed arguments that often contradicted each other. The title was not accurate and while Crispin had a lot of ideas why feminism needs to be “fixed” she didn’t really introduce any ideas to follow through.
If you’re interested in learning more about feminism and why it is still needed in today’s world, I encourage you to research intersectional feminism.
Thanks for reading!