What People Are Saying About Fashion Talks:
One of the top 8 books to put on your fall reading list… Who knew getting dressed in the morning was so political? Anyone interested in pop culture, fashion trends, or gender studies is bound to enjoy this anthology. —PolicyMic
Quite simply, this book is an excellent and accessible introduction to the intersection between Third Wave feminism and fashion theory. Summing Up: Highly recommended. —Choice
Fashion Talks simultaneously examines the joy and subversive potential fashion holds. —Bitch Magazine
What People Are Saying About Men and Feminism:
Shira Tarrant aims to show once and for all that men can be feminists too… Kudos to the author for this blame-free book that encourages readers to embrace equality—and provides precise, simple steps to get [there]. —Bust Magazine
[Men and Feminism] is brief, it’s engaging, and it doesn’t mince words in explaining exactly what feminism has to offer men, and why they should get behind it. —Bitch Magazine
[Men and Feminism] provides a fresh and uncomplicated view that men are also part of the feminist movement. In writing that is highly accessible and quite amusing, this book was both informative and quite fun to read. —Frontiers
[Men and Feminism] is refreshingly honest about the realities of male privilege and offers compelling and everyday examples of its workings to persuade the reader of its pervasive existence… [Shira Tarrant's] feminism is attentive to economic and political relations of injustice and structures of gender power… Men and Feminism raises the bar for well-intentioned men. —Michael Flood, Men and Masculinities
What’s that? You don’t think that men have been a part of the feminist movement? Oh how mistaken you are! … Tarrant does a brilliant job at showing us how we must pay attention to the plight of boys and men under patriarchy in order to bring out a more just world. —Veronica I. Arreola, Feminist Review
With this concise overview of men’s role in feminism, Shira Tarrant makes a substantial contribution to the project of ally-building across gender lines… Drawing from significant intersectional, antisexist, and antiracist theory, the book is an informative introduction to feminism in general and to how men stand to gain from it in particular.
—For Your Bookshelf, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Shira Tarrant isn’t afraid to go into unexpected territory … [This book] discusses the history of men in feminism, but also analyzes conversations about gender and masculinity while providing resources for men interested in feminist actions. —Allison McCarthy, Womanist Musings
Shira Tarrant’s Men and Feminism helps define the role men can play in a movement liberating women. —Trinidad Guardian Newspaper
Among the most powerful features of Tarrant’s book are repeated inoculations against inaccurate and inadequate arguments that often function to derail conversations about gender justice… We recommend Men and Feminism as a clearly written, accessible account of the importance of men’s presence in efforts to subvert gender injustices. —Psychology of Women Quarterly
One of the misconceptions that many have about feminism is that it’s filled with male bashing and misandry, however Tarrant’s book will help clear up these misconceptions. —Kansas City Examiner
[A]n important addition to the growing body of work exploring men’s crucial role in the fight for gender justice. — Lisa Jervis, founding editor and publisher of Bitch magazine
…a well-written, engrossing collection that adds even more male voices to the ever-growing body of literature on men and masculinity — J.R. Mitrano, Choice
This is important validation for men trapped in the masculine construct…and for all the trannies and queers who negotiate these issues. —Inga Muscio, author of Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Not too long ago, a friend of a friend joking-aggressively asked me while we were out and about what the difference between misogyny and sex is… Lucky for me, Shira Tarrant put together a wonderful anthology of men’s views of feminism called Men Speak Out … and you’ll be gratified to know that … the men in this volume understand the distinctions very easily. — Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon.net
One of the best things about these essays is that they are so approachable. While you might not agree with every single writer, you don’t have to worry about being offended or patronized. —Allyson Whipple, BitchBuzz
Men Speak Out is a collection of 39 essays by men who [share] the visions they bring, the questions they have, and the challenges with which they wrestle. —Keely Savoie, Bitch magazine
The collection of essays—written by men, about men—[is] very personal, easy to read, and down to earth. —Byron Hurt, director of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
[This] can only be sign of better things to come for all of us. —Daisy Hernandez, co-editor of Colonize This!
This is an important book… to savor, discuss, and share with our sons and daughters. —Michael A. Messner, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
I swear, it’s great. —Deborah Siegel, Girl With Pen
What People Are Saying About When Sex Became Gender:
[Tarrant's] daunting and inspiring project…fills a void in feminist history and feminist scholarship; Tarrant has successfully located the feminist roots of Gender Theory’s and Second Wave feminism’s understanding of gender as socially constructed in a period believed to be entirely bereft of feminist thought. —Journal of International Women’s Studies
Many scholars have documented the lives and works of female intellectuals during the past two centuries, but it is vital to have more analyses of this labor. Tarrant’s study of five such scholars supports this effort. —Gender & Society
What People Are Saying About Shira Tarrant’s Speaking Events:
•Amazing speaker, sparked thought processes that I otherwise would not have had.
•Gave guidance on some amazing [pop culture] resources we can pick and choose from.
•Amazing plethora of knowledge.
•I really appreciated the resources/blogs, etc. she shared.
•[Shira’s] presentation was well received and we are still discussing the issues.
•Thank you bunches and gobs, Shira!
What Readers Are Saying:
Just read your review of Pornland in Bitch (one of our absolute favorite quarterly reads). Thank you for recognizing that there are many men who enjoy non-violent and non-gonzo porn or “erotica,” who don’t force their partners to watch something she or he doesn’t want to, and that many women (together with their partners) have sex lives that include “external” stimula. I support the work of people like [Gail] Dines and [Robert] Jensen, because there are, indeed, huge denigrating and oppressive influences in “pornland,” but I hope that we make some room for what can make sex so exciting for mutually consenting adults. —Stephen McArthur, Hotline advocate and outreach worker for a domestic violence agency
Your review of Pornland in Bitch Magazine was the most spot-on take on that book I could possibly imagine. It was fair, summed up my thoughts completely, and even had a nice little extra dash of awesomeness with that “read while listening to punk rock…” part at the end. LOVED IT. Nice work. —Brad Perry