TURBO CHICKS: talking young feminisms edited by Allyson Mitchell, Lisa Bryn Rundle and Lara Karaian (Sumach), 364 pages, $24.95 paper. Rating: NNNN
Turbo Chicks is an intelligent and witty compendium of Canadian essays on feminism. While several inclusions feel like token gestures (the lone feminist bio boy's essay pales in comparison to his contemporaries'), there are intensely moving moments, such as Lisa Ayuso's discussion of fat activism and Emmy Pantin's zine-based piece on identity. What the collection lacks in consistency it makes up for in diversity. An impressive variety of voices are represented here, including some, like the religious stay-at-home mom of two, often dismissed by many feminists. And the bonus features are great -- it's worth buying the book for the suggested reading list alone, although the range of material would've benefited from a more cohesive, rigorous structure. And, sure, a few of these turbo chicks lack the sassiness of their Bust-y sisters to the south, but the lack of self-satisfied hipness is refreshing.