Daring to Be Bad

9781517908706: Paperback
Release Date: 6th August 2019


Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 456

Edition: 1st Edition

University of Minnesota Press

Daring to Be Bad

Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition

Written by
Alice Echols
Foreword by
Ellen Willis
Paperback / £19.99
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Winner of Outstanding Book Award of Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights

A canonical history of radical feminism, whose activist heat and intellectual audacity powered second-wave feminism—30th anniversary edition

A fascinating chronicle of radical feminism’s rise and fall from the mid-Sixties to the mid-Seventies, Daring to Be Bad is a must-read for both students of gender history and activists of intersectionality. This thirtieth anniversary edition reveals how current debates about race, transgender rights, queer theory, and sexuality echo issues that galvanized and divided feminists fifty years ago.    

Alice Echols is professor of history and the Barbra Streisand Chair of Contemporary Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She has written four books about the long Sixties, including Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin and Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. Her latest book, Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking, explores the underbelly of American capitalism through a Depression-era banking scandal.
Ellen Willis (1941–2006) was the first rock critic for the New Yorker, an editor and columnist at the Village Voice, and cofounder of the radical feminist group Redstockings. Her award-winning posthumous collection of rock criticism, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, was published in 2011 by the University of Minnesota Press.

“Many younger feminists have a fairly negative stereotype of radical feminism: that it was an exclusively white and middle-class movement that promoted gender essentialism, ‘woman’s energy,’ separatism transphobia, and banning pornography . . . No book shattered that stereotype for me more than Daring to Be Bad.” —Julia Serano, bitchmedia
“To learn more about the rise and fall of radical feminism, I highly recommend Alice Echols’s Daring to Be Bad, a detailed and vivid account of the movement’s history.”
—Susan Faludi, The New Yorker
“This balanced study deftly explores feminism, from its break with the coalition of leftist activist groups of the ’60s to its abandonment of radicalism and separatism in the ’70s. . . . Echols masterfully re-creates a perpetually divisive atmosphere.” Publishers Weekly
“If we are still debating the relative importance of gender, class, and race, combating the power of capitalism and patriarchy, this valuable study shows that the discussion owes much to the radical feminists who hewed out the outlines of these issues.Library Journal
“Daring to Be Bad offers the kind of critical attention that contemporary feminism has lacked.” The Nation
“Far beyond mere nostalgic value, the enduring worth of Echols’s book is as a resource, not only for future women’s studies courses but for all who want to understand contemporary feminism. The book supplies essential background that explains the splits that persist in the feminist movement today. . . . Cheers to Daring to Be Bad.” New Directions for Women
Daring to Be Bad is a welcome addition to feminist bookshelves. It breaks new ground, making creative use of extensive interviews and early feminist publications to recreate the environment that elicited and shaped radical feminism.” Sojourner
Daring to Be Bad is like a long consciousness-raising session: it prods, validates, and witnesses. Echols offers an oral history that is also an homage. . . . we’re given the benefit of a clear and honest eye cast over two decades’ span of women working on that most influential social struggle toward liberation.” Village Voice
“This fine and sympathetic interpretation of the origin and evolution of radical feminism will give students of women’s history a glimpse of the passion of those hours and help explain why a new order did not emerge from them.” American Historical Review  [just checking: “hours” is right here?]
“Echols gives a rich, detailed history of radical feminism’s heyday from 1967 to 1971 . . . offers the type of critical interpretation of the women’s liberation movement that contemporary feminism has lacked.Socialist Review
Daring to Be Bad is path-breaking . . . based on abundant and painstaking interviewing, as well as the tracking down and assembling of the ephemera of short-lived committees, cells, and association. . . . Echols’s writing is lucid, detailed, and extremely responsible.” American Quarterly