Full Frontal Feminism says “I am female, it is my body, my mind, my opinion, my perspective and whatever I have or choose to say about it should not be controlled, tamed, or tampered with, by the societal stereotypes or expectations.”
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Seal Press; 2nd ed. edition (July 22, 2014)
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In Full Frontal Feminism, Jessica Valenti deliberately knocked off the idea that a man’s perspective of how a woman should be is more important than a female’s perspective of how she chooses to be. Full Frontal Feminism says “I am female, it is my body, my mind, my opinion, my perspective and whatever I have or choose to say about it should not be controlled, tamed, or tampered with, by the societal stereotypes or expectations.”
Jessica Valenti began the book by stating the obvious and general reasons that many people are chasing feminism and slowly transitioned to the more serious business without much notice. Although I do not totally agree with everything that Jessica wrote in the book, I find her perspectives enlightening. I disagreed with the several parts where she talked about sexuality and how teenage girls should be given more information and freedom to their sexuality, relating it to the idea that males are free so should females be. While I don’t dispute the need for equality in freedom, I remember as a kid, whenever my mother would whoop my ass for following a friend to do something stupid, she would say, “So because your friend put hand into fire, you too dipped your hand into it. If your friend goes to hell nkor?”
I value innocence and purity. Should we let girls loose because the boys are loose? No! I will rather suggest that we create a culture that trains boys and men to value their virginity and purity as much as we train and threaten girls concerning such issues. Although sexual health education is beneficial, from what I know, teenagers don’t make the best decisions concerning sexuality, give them one step, they take it to five.
Another highlight from Full Frontal Feminism is Jessica's analysis of how many multi-million dollar businesses in our misogynistic societies profit from women's insecurities - such as the sales of waist trainers to fat-shaming and the sales of make up to cover up for the unrealistic beauty standards we have for women. This perspective was eye-opening however it made me question if the same criticism will be passed on to these same companies - owned by women that contributes to the problem of sexism in our communities.
This book as the title suggests gives a woman’s perspective of every stereotype attached to being female and feminism that you can imagine. You think you are not a feminist? Read this book. Are you a feminist? Read this book. Do you know why you are or should be a feminist? Read this book.
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