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F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga,
and Some Thoughts on Balls

By Jennifer Baumgardner
Seal Press, 2011


"Her intelligence intimidates me, her courage inspires me, and her twisted, self-deprecating sense of humor makes me laugh out loud."
Abraham Higginbotham,
Writer/co-executive producer of Modern Family


These days, what does a feminist look like? With trademark wit and intelligence, Jennifer Baumgardner examines what it means to be a complex person in a culture of contradictions. Through personal essays and interviews with feminists close to her heart—from Riot Grrrls’ Kathleen Hanna and Bust-founder Debbie Stoller to Ani DiFranco and Shelby Knox—Baumgardner trains her gimlet eye on sexuality, procreation, patriarchy, and purity. Funny and smart, F’em! Contends that the biggest liberation movement in history matters. To those who don’t agree? Baumgardner says, “F 'em!”


Praise for F 'em!

“Jennifer Baumgardner’s new collection is just like her: fascinating, wide-ranging, accessible, and hip. I’ve long considered her one of the ‘big sisters’ of my feminismnot just because she’s got undeniable style and a great sense of humor, but because she’s a model of learning in public and saying hard shit out loud. She and her writing are just plain brave.” —Courtney E. Martin, editor at Feministing; author,  Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists

 “Jennifer Baumgardner continues to brazenly boldface, and unflinchingly underline, the ‘is’ in feminism.” —Vinnie Angel, filmmaker and creator of Vinnie’s Tampon Case

 “Jennifer Baumgardner is the cultural, historical observer of our generation. My film The Itty Bitty Titty Committee was inspired by her uniquely irreverent, boundary-pushing writing.” —Jamie Babbit, director of But I’m a Cheerleader

“Feminism is frequently defined in terms of 'waves,' as if women were continually out to sea. I count on feminists like Jennifer Baumgardner to get out of the damned water so that we can finally begin basking in the sun of complete equality.” —Judy Chicago, artist, writer, and educator

“This new collection of essays and interviews by the fearlessly intelligent Jennifer Baumgardner is the book you want to give your sister, your best friend, the college roommate who invited you to your first Take Back the Night, and your brother who has two teenage daughters. I hope someone gives it to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Sarah Palin. The book is called F 'em!, but the writing gets an A+.” —Veronica Chambers, journalist and author of several books including Kickboxing Geishas and The Joy of Doing Things Badly