Firebrand Feminism

The Radical Lives of Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kathie Sarachild, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Dana Densmore

Breanne Fahs

  • Published: April 2018
  • Subject Listing: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir; Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 29 bandw illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

Unapologetic, troublemaking, agitating, revolutionary, and hot-headed: radical feminism bravely transformed the history of politics, love, sexuality, and science. In Firebrand Feminism, Breanne Fahs brings together ten years of dialogue with four founders of the radical feminist movement: Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kathie Sarachild, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Dana Densmore. Taking aim at the selfishness of the right and the incremental politics of the liberal left, they defiantly and fiercely created a new kind of feminism in the late 1960s.

Firebrand Feminism provides a timely and historically rich account of these audacious women and the lasting impact of their words and work. This unique and provocative book unites second- and third-wave feminism and creates a much-needed intergenerational dialogue about the utility of feminist rage, the importance of refusal, the changing politics of sex and love, trans rights, and tactics to start (and continue) a revolution.
Breanne Fahs is professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance; Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol); Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives; and coeditor of The Moral Panics of Sexuality and Transforming Contagion.

"Just the book I've been looking for to supplement the manifestos, tracts, and other writings produced during the heyday of the Women's Liberation Movement."
-Eileen Boris, professor of feminist studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

"At a time when feminism would prefer to forget about its radical past, Breanne Fahs does the hard work of dragging it back out from the shadows. Her writing remembers forgotten and neglected women, and their ideas for a wild transformation of society, and it is increasingly vital. Firebrand Feminism is no nostalgia tour; it is a white-hot reminder that we can and should and will change the world."
-Jessa Crispin, author of The Dead Ladies Project

"Makes the argument that contemporary feminism needs a reinfusion of the 'firebrand feminism' epitomized by these women and early radical feminism."
-Jane Caputi, author of Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture

"Firebrand Feminism is a beacon for our troubled times. Fahs situates the history of radical feminism in the lived experiences of its foremothers, weaving lively personal accounts with sharp feminist analysis of the place of 'radical' inside past, present, and future feminisms. Wrestling with vexed issues, such as differences among women, Fahs presents a nuanced portrait of a movement whose most enduring legacies - roots and rage - offer a messy but hopeful toolkit."
-Monica J. Casper, professor of gender and women's studies, University of Arizona