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Entries from December 2007

New York City: ERICA

December 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Erica Jong (above, in her East side home): New Yorker, novelist, poet, media personality, pioneer of the sexual revolution, Second Wave feminist. On young women, sex, and role models: “I think young teenagers all need an older woman–maybe not our mother, since we are all rebelling against her at that age–who she trusts, with whom […]

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New York City: KATHLEEN

December 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Kathleen Hanna (left, in her SoHo neighborhood): activist, teacher, musician, feminist; early Riot Grrrl upstarter, singer/songwriter in Viva Kneivel, Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin, Le Tigre. On her falling out with Riot Grrrl: “A lot of the cool people left, including myself…It’s a problem on its own to look at anything as your savior, its this […]

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New York City: ANYA

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Anya Kamenetz (right, on her terrace in Williamsburg): 28, originally from Baton Rouge, journalist, personal finance advisor, author of Generation Debt. Considers herself a feminist. “Women in general are bringing very high stakes to the work world. We are one of the first generations of women raised with the belief that we are going to […]

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New York City: JESSICA

December 27th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Jessica Valenti (right, at a cafe in her Astoria neighborhood): 29, founder and executive editor of the blog Feministing, activist, author of Full Frontal Feminism. On Girls Gone Wild: “The way you deal with a phenomenon like that is to encourage women to be critical thinkers—ask her, ‘Why are you doing these things? Why does […]

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New York City: LAURA

December 25th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Laura Kipnis: cultural and media critic, professor of media studies at Northwestern University, author of Against Love and The Female Thing. A feminist, but tries to avoid “being typecast as the pro-sex feminist…I get bored when people only ask me to write about those issues.” On beauty: “The hidden ‘double shift’ for women is spending […]

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New York City: JEANIE

December 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Jeanie (left, outside of Café Pick Me Up in the East Village): 23, raised uptown in Manhattan, actress, former champion fencer, temp at a banking software company. Considers herself a feminist. “Growing up in New York surrounded by strong women doing their own thing, it was much easier to be an individual, and be supported […]

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New York City: TECLA

December 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Tecla (right, in her newly bought apartment in the Bronx): native New Yorker, 25, preschool teacher, plays keyboard and does backup vocals in the all-girl band Sweetie. Considers herself a feminist. “Sweetie is a raunchy, raw, female, ‘I-don’t-give-a-fuck’ band. I like having that beautiful female vibe without having to deal with male energy. With men, […]

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New York City: JENNIFER

December 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Jennifer Baumgardner (right, on Broadway): author, activist, film-maker, Third Wave feminist. “I feel nothing but excitement about the new generation of women. People say things all the time like, ‘It’s much worse now, if anything we’ve gone back.’ People look at things like Girls Gone Wild or the fact that girls cut themselves, or violent […]

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DISCLAIMER!

December 19th, 2007 · No Comments

After Nashville, our entries are going to be short and sweet, purposely meant to be a tease so there will be some juicy stuff for the book! Our New York, Chicago area, and East coast journeys will be mostly snapshots and soundbites, with a stray longer entry here and there. Enjoy! –Nona and Emma

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Nashville, Day 2: RACHEL

December 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments

We have coffee in a hipster part of Nashville with Rachel, the 24-year-old art and design director at American Songwriter magazine. Like Lauren, she grew up in Memphis, and she and her two sisters were raised by Southern Baptist parents. “My parents are conservative, but always gave us freedom with how we approached our talents. […]

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