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Holiday Gift Ideas: Four New Books for the Change Agents on Your List

December 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin
Do It Anyway profiles eight young activists on their paths to bring about change in the world. It also reflects on what activism really requires when we get right down to the work of getting it done. Martin’s exploration of concepts like strategic realism and “good” failures are sure to inspire. Give it to the seasoned activist who needs a remedy for burnout or the activist in the making who wants to understand more about the complex challenges and meaningful rewards that come with “making a difference.”

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power by Gloria Feldt
Women are poised to take on more leadership roles than ever before. But despite an impressive amount of progress, we’re still not stepping through all those open doors. What’s stopping us? That’s the question at the heart of No Excuses. And if there’s anyone who can provide real answers, it’s Feldt. The feminist trailblazer and former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood sheds new light on how women can achieve true parity and offers nine essential power tools that will help us get there.

Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It by Robyn J.A. Silverman
How is weight obsession messing up our girls? Let me count the ways. But rather than get all gloom and doom about a very overwhelming issue, Silverman’s book is filled with concrete strategies to instill a strong sense of self and body confidence in every girl. And this one isn’t just for moms. There are valuable tips and resources for dads, teachers, and coaches too.

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer Pozner
I used to watch America’s Next Top Model religiously (for research purposes, of course), marveling at the number of dangerous mixed messages about health, body image and beauty the producers managed to pack into season, er, “cycle” after cycle. Thanks to Pozner, we can all revisit those special moments–but with purpose. Reality Bites Back provides smart, funny analysis of reality television along with a hefty list of great media literacy resources. Oh, and there are drinking games! Take a sip whenever a contestant on a dating show says she wants to be treated like a princess? Okay, I’m feeling tipsy already.

Tags: Books · Parenting · Politics · body image

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