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Feminist City by Leslie Kern

Feminist City

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Feminist City by Leslie Kern
Jul 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781788739849

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“Cities aren’t built to accommodate female bodies, female needs, female desires. In this rich, engaging book the feminist geographer Leslie Kern envisions how we might transform the “city of men” into a city for everyone. Let’s all move there immediately.”
—Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse

“[An] insightful scholarly work … This provocative analysis will resonate with theoretically minded feminists.”
Publishers Weekly

“Visionary, intelligent, and humane, this book offers intersectional insights into the gendered nature of the modern city to promote “living more justly in an urban world” … A timely, thought-provoking study.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This book totally opened my eyes! Feminist City is an incredibly incisive look at cities and urban design through the lens of gender, while also inspecting how acts of claiming urban space affect other marginalized groups. Combining academic and lived experience, Leslie Kern’s intersectional approach clearly lays out just how cities are failing and what it might mean to imagine a more just urban life. Feminist City made me see my own experiences in a whole new light, and Kern makes the field of feminist geography completely accessible and exciting to the average city slicker. Anyone who considers themselves a feminist or activist should read this book!”
—Julia DeVarti, Literati Bookstore

“Approachable and based in thorough research … In eye-opening detail, [Feminist City] argues that the privatization of security and heightened police presences endanger women of certain demographic groups, while marketers, who present condo living as the safest way to exist in a city, ironically turn women into accomplices in gentrification, forcing low-income women out of safer areas and into environments that are more dangerous.”
—Tanisha Rule, Foreword Reviews

“An optimistic, pragmatic book, which points to already extant solutions and looks forward to a more just, joyous urban future.”
—Stephanie Sy-Quia, Tribune

“Kern delves into the interlocking inequalities and systems of oppression that take concrete shape in cities, using an intersectional feminist approach to explore the gendered aspects of urban space … an enjoyable and accessible book that not only contributes to urban feminist geography, but to urban planning and policy more broadly.”
LSE Review of Books

Feminist City is brilliant because of the ways it lays out, quite clearly, the fact that cities are designed to discriminate in both overt and hidden ways and that it’s possible to imagine something new—something that is more inclusive of different bodies and experiences.”
—Evette Dionne, Bitch

“[Feminist City is] a small but provocative book. It is both an introduction to feminist geography and to modern feminism, with its multiple meanings and numerous contradictions … In a world where the male gaze is so often the only gaze considered, so much so [that] most people don’t even think of it as being gendered in any way, Feminist City is revelatory.”
—Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch

“Kern resists drawing a blueprint for a new master-planned feminist city. Instead, she believes we ought to take a closer look at how cities perpetuate inequality from the perspective of race, gender, ability, and class.”
—Diana Budds, Curbed

“[Feminist City] examines the city’s paradoxical ability to oppress and emancipate—how an environment teeming with gendered inconvenience, racial discrimination, and sexual violence can also be a locus of queer independence, community care, and emancipatory feminist world-making … Heavily researched but accessibly written, the book is a dynamic mix of high and low, facts and feelings, research and reality.”

“Charting the physical aspects of the city that work against women, from inefficient public transport to a lack of supportive care networks for working mothers, Kern argues that there are ways to transform the city that would advance the liberation of women and marginalized people … Kern’s analysis seems especially timely as we debate the role of police in our society and how we can better protect marginalized people.”
—Nicole Froio, Bitch Media

“An intersectional analysis of our urban environments through a combination of personal narrative, theory, and pop culture analysis.”
—Leilah Stone, Metropolis Magazine

“Looking through the lens of geography, pop culture and public and personal history, the book exposes how female bodies are ostracised in urban spaces.”

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