What Jessa Crispin’s Bracing New Book Gets Wrong About Feminism and Pop Culture

At 151 pages, Jessa Crispin’s new book, Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto, is small but mighty, a bracing, contradictory volume full of fury. It’s a rousing call for unity that’s not afraid to alienate, at once breezy and foreboding. It’s a radical text written in accessible, entertaining prose, slipped nonchalantly into the mainstream.

Crispin’s thesis is that American women have abandoned the true cause of feminism for the comforts of fitting in — that we’ve...

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