Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World

Leslie Kern (Author)
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Description

Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.

We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for women as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers on the school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment.

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.

Product Details

Price
$24.95  $22.95
Publisher
Verso
Publish Date
July 07, 2020
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781788739818

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About the Author

Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women's and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She is the author of Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship.

Reviews

"Cities aren't built to accommodate female bodies, female needs, female desires. In this rich, engaging book the feminist geographer Leslie Kern envisions how we might transform the "city of men" into a city for everyone. Let's all move there immediately."
--Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse

"[An] insightful scholarly work ... This provocative analysis will resonate with theoretically minded feminists."
--Publishers Weekly

"Visionary, intelligent, and humane, this book offers intersectional insights into the gendered nature of the modern city to promote "living more justly in an urban world" ... A timely, thought-provoking study."
--Kirkus Reviews