Fire with Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change the 21st Century

Naomi Wolf, Author
Naomi Wolf, Author Random House (NY) $21 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-42718-6
Reviewed on: 11/01/1993
Release date: 11/01/1993
Feminist author of the bestselling The Beauty Myth , Wolf has written an empowering, impassioned manifesto that points the way toward a flexible feminism for the 1990s and beyond. Part political analysis, part psychological manual, part activist handbook, the book argues that women should renounce ``victim feminism,'' which casts them as sexually pure, fragile, beleaguered creatures whose problems are all the fault of men. As an alternative, Wolf outlines an anti-dogmatic ``power feminism'' which sees women as no better and no worse than men, celebrates female sexuality and encourages women to claim their individual voices through a variety of tactics. These include ``resource groups'' for sharing contacts and increasing access to information and services; consumer campaigns; and pressure on the media to alter their portrayals of women. Wolf theorizes that little girls, as much as boys, have fantasies of absolute dominion but learn to repress their ``will to power'' at a very early age. Wolf here sketches a psychological road map designed to help women deal with their ambivalence about success, power, equality and money. Author tour. (Nov.)
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