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Cynicism is so 1995. So how come it’s a decade later and I’m still turned off by just the title of Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards’ Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism? It’s from a dark place that I criticize a book that calls folks to good works, but, really, a page-and-a-half synopsis of Legally Blonde 2? An introduction by activist Winona LaDuke, meant to dispel the myth that she’s a nutjob while conjuring the image of her with one arm around Nader, the other cradling a baby attached to her nipple? Grassroots attempts to appeal to both ends of the spectrum, arguing both that “we are the mothers of our nations” and that we needn’t give up our Prada shoes to make the world a better place. I’m not sure where I stand on those notions, but the fact that the authors apparently encountered several college-age women who asked, “I wear a thong. Can I still be a feminist?” makes me want to climb a tree and live there. Baumgardner and Richards speak at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Anne Marson)