“What does feminism mean to you?”
Our first response comes from Alex Gino, author extraordinare of the Stonewall Award-winning middle-grade novel GEORGE. If you haven’t read it, you need to!
Here’s what feminism means to Alex:
For me, in 2017, feminism is the right of people to be ourselves. It is the quest for freedom from stigma, discrimination, and otherization for not being an affluent white straight male. Feminism knows that people who are not men are just as human as those who are, with as wide of range of skills, passions, fears, and needs. It rails against forced gender roles, unequal pay, and violence against bodies. It recognizes that many women face multiple oppressions, and that community-wide solutions are needed for community-wide problems. Feminism is the awareness that women and femmes are powerful. Feminists know the work is not done. I’m proud to be a feminist and I’m proud to say we’re not going anywhere.
I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you, Alex!
So who is Alex, other than the author of GEORGE?
Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. They would take a quiet coffee date with a friend over a loud and crowded party any day. Born and raised on Staten Island, NY, Alex has lived in Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, NY; Astoria (Queens), NY; Northampton, MA; and Oakland, CA. In 2016, they put their books and furniture in storage for an 18-month adventure around the country in a motorhome. They are back in Oakland now. Alex believes young people need tools to talk about and reflect on real issues in our world. Their work-in-progress is a middle grade novel about Deafness, racist police violence, baby sisters, and learning about your own privilege.
FEMINISM FROM A to Z is now available for preorder. Order your copy now!