September: Misogynation by Laura Bates: the book we should all be reading

Summary

Laura Bates, pioneering feminist, activist and bestselling author, has given voice to hundreds of thousands of women through her international Everyday Sexism Project. Drawing attention to both hidden and blatant sexist acts and attitudes, Laura has exposed the startling truth behind misogyny in our society: systemic, ingrained and ignored.

From Weinstein to Westminster, a torrent of allegations of sexual harassment and assault have left us reeling. One hundred years since some women were first given the right to vote, we are still struggling to get to grips with the true extent of gender inequality that continues to flourish in our society.

In this collection of essays, originally published in the Guardian, Laura Bates uncovers the sexism that exists in our relationships, our workplaces, our media, in our homes and on our streets, but which is also firmly rooted in our lifelong assumptions and in the actions and attitudes we explain away, defend and accept. Often dismissed as one-offs, veiled as ‘banter’ or described as ‘isolated incidents’, MISOGYNATION joins the dots to reveal the true scale of discrimination and prejudice women face.

A bold, witty and incisive analysis of current events, MISOGYNATION makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to see the bigger picture.

Taken from the publisher’s website: http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/

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Why should you read this book?

I monthly host a read-along and Misogynation by Laura Bates was our September pick. I loved Everyday Sexism and Girl Up (you can check my review of the latter here). I still recommend Everyday Sexism to everyone who’s trying to understand the true scale of gender inequality, misogyny and sexism. Girl Up is still that perfect to book to offer young women. And, now we have Misogynation.

Misogynation is an extremely important read. This book is a collection of essays that explore themes like body image, rape, sexism in school, family environment and workplace. Bate’s latest book proves how ingrained and systemic is sexism in our society. If you want to know more about misogyny and how to act against it, this book will help you. Most important of all, this is the feminism I believe in. A movement that stands for equality, a movement that is inclusive. 

As I said, Misogynation was our September read-along pick. I can’t tell you how meaningful it was to read and comment on this book with other women. We shared our own experiences, we revealed in which ways we were and are victims of a sexist society. And, that’s why reading Laura Bates is so important. It reminds you that you don’t suffer alone, it reminds you that you’re not alone in this fight. 

I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster UK for the free copy. You can buy it here.

“Street harassment is no more about compliments than rape is about sex.”

Book Details:

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Published on: February 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Price: £14,99

4 stars

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