LISTEN: Amber Tamblyn on Her Definition of Feminism and Her Era of Ignition

“I do not hate men at all,” Amber Tamblyn confesses in Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution, her latest book. “I am critical of them.”

Inside the book described as a “passionate manifesto,” the Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award-nominated actor opens up to readers about her own journey to activism. And in an exclusive clip for Ms. readers from the audiobook recorded by the author, she sounds off on “good men” and her definition of feminism in the era of #MeToo.

“More often than not,” Tamblyn declares in the excerpt, “men are the gatekeepers, and women are locked outside, doing everything we can, and sometimes things we don’t want to do, just to unlock the gate—let alone get a set of our own keys.” Pulling from her own experiences with her partner, David, and his support of her career, she calls for more men to become accomplices to the feminist movement.

“It is within a man’s power to help shift the paradigm,” Tamblyn notes, “not just a woman’s duty to point out the problems inherent in that paradigm.”

Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn, read by Amber Tamblyn. Published by Penguin Random House Audio.


Carmen Rios is a self-proclaimed feminist superstar and the former digital editor at Ms. Her writing on queerness, gender, race and class has been published in print and online by outlets including BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, DAME, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic, the National Women’s History Museum, SIGNS and the Women’s Media Center; and she is a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine. @carmenriosss|