Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World

October 30, 2020
Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World

The Feminist City is an ongoing experiment inliving differently, living better, and living more justly in anurban world.We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designedfor female bodies. There is little consideration for women asmothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place ofthreats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everydaylives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis forworking women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and theCity. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers onthe school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place wherewomen can walk without harassment.In The Feminist City, through history, personalexperience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hiddenin plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities,homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of thefeminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism,and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from newvantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach tourban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our besthope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle whatwe take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build morejust, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.