March 11, 2011

Courtney Martin on Reinventing Feminism

Sometimes the irony astounds me: I don’t dress up for business meetings, but I do dress up for 18-year-old girls who might be converted to feminism by my knee-high boots or my trendy dress — Courtney Martin

IN THIS VIDEO, Courtney Martin speaks passionately about the several concerns of young feminists anywhere in the world today. She shares her experience of reading books on feminism; being recruited to the feminist movement because it was hip, cool and could even include fishnet stockings; the “I can save the world enthusiasm”of teenage years; the desperation that once made her feel that she should write a letter to the world and immolate herself on the steps of the White House; the problematized point of “appearance”; chronicling the story of feminist icons of her generation; and realizing that her mom was her inspiration. Several times in this video, I felt that she was telling all our stories.

2 comments to Courtney Martin on Reinventing Feminism

  • Upal Deb

    Yes…she declaims…she conquers..
    Age of paradoxes..
    Life is about embracing paradoxes…
    about failing well…
    Courtney deserves kudos…
    …We may like her words or lump them…
    But how brilliantly she puts her ideas…
    That might have feminized many there…
    Those watching might be swayed too…
    Courtney…best wishes…
    Meena….thanks !

  • Priya

    Please. She is a privileged, upper-class denying, white girl who uses feminism and feminist rhetoric for personal gain while doing little to change women’s material well being. I cannot support this nonsense.

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