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Dear Feminist.com,

I am a British A-level student who has to write an essay on "What is New Feminism?" I thought that you might be able to help me in this task, by providing insight into what you think the ideological term "New Feminism" means.

Thank You,
Jamie

 

Dear Jamie,

Given that you are writing from Britain leads me to believe that you are referring to The New Feminism, which is the title of a book by Natasha Walter. Having read her book - as well as myself been described as a "new feminist" - I think it's essentially a generational divide and used to describe feminists who are younger today. Or as my co-author and I say, "anyone who has been born with feminism in the water." We grew up with feminism and so we make choices as a result of that perspective - it has informed our entire lives, therefore, we carry it with us wherever we go, not solely to traditional feminist institutions. Bridget Jones - the fictional character created by Helen Fielding - is a great example of a new feminist. I hope that helps - good luck.

Amy


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