Real World Feminism

Here we are: Feminism for the real world, is poised to achieve cult status as a scrapbook style, teen bible for 21st century feminism. Kelly Jensen, an associate editor at Book Riot, has created the anthology unpacking issues surrounding mental health, body image, racism, sex and relationships and gender. 

Featuring 44 contributors, Kelly hopes to organise and give new relevance to the discourse through voices the youth might be able to connect with like actor and activist Amandla Stenberg, and author Nova Ren Suma.

Kelly Jensen talks to Teen Vogue on the why she created the anthology: “I would have wanted it as a teenager; that’s the short answer. The long answer is for so long there’s been a really rich conversation online about feminism. Part of it has to do with there being so many voices that are finally being heard in a way they weren’t before. They’re reaching readers who might not have otherwise picked up a feminist book. The more I read these voices and stories, the more I thought, ‘They need to be collected in some way that those who use the library or book stores have access to it.’”

Here We Are is a read for all ages, for not just its bold and relevant take on the future of feminism, but for introducing us to the new heroes (heroines) of the movement. 

Janina Frahm