F Bomb: Dispatches from the war on feminism – Lauren McKeon

3.5/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Christy (Contributor)
Genre: Nonfiction, Feminism
Published by: Goose Lane Editions, September 19th 2017
Pages: 240

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F-Bomb has been written before – perhaps more than once. That being said, McKeon tackles the issues and backlash surrounding the third wave feminist movement in a quick-witted and sassy, yet exceptionally insightful, manner that made this factual piece of literature easier to digest. This relatively short but jam-packed feminist-101 book is a torch of light and hope for the new generation.

The reason I rated this one the way I did is because McKeon is speaking directly to the town: Feminist; population: feminists.

Only those who already identify as women’s activists would take to this literature; her rhetoric towards some topics is, at times, judgmental and mocking of the opposing arguments (not that I don’t think her tone is fully warranted, but…). On the fence about where you stand? Fully anti-feminist? Forget it. McKeon isn’t going to ‘convert’ anyone any time soon, no matter how many sound arguments and statistics she presents.

If you are someone who cares about women’s rights and are confused or discouraged about the current state of feminism, or just want to read the words of a likeminded individual, I recommend giving this one a go!


From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Even scarier, they are also leading the charge to send it to its grave. Across North America, women head anti-feminist PR campaigns; they support anti-feminist politicians; they’re behind lawsuits to silence the victims of campus rape; they participated in Gamergate, the violent, vitriolic anti-women-in-technology movement; and they’re on the frontlines of the fight to end abortion rights. Everywhere we turn there’s evidence an anti-feminist bomb has exploded, sometimes detonated by the unlikeliest suspects. Between women who say they don’t need feminism and women who can’t agree on what feminism should be, the challenges of fighting for gender equality have never been greater.

F-Bomb takes readers on a witty, insightful, and deeply fascinating journey into today’s anti-feminist universe. Through a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the new gender wars, Lauren McKeon explores generational attitudes, debates over inclusiveness, and differing views on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She asks the uncomfortable question: if women aren’t connecting with feminism, what’s wrong with it? And she confronts the uncomfortable truth: for gender equality to prevail, we first need to understand where feminism has gone wrong and where it can go from here.

Reviewed by: Christy (Contributor)

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