Friday, 17 June 2016

Review: Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Title: Everyday Sexism
Author: Laura Bates
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Pages: 384
Genres: Non-fiction, Narrative

Everyday Sexism
After experiencing a series of escalating sexist incidents, Laura Bates started theeveryday sexism projectand has gone on to write 'a pioneering analysis of modern day misogyny' (Telegraph).

After an astounding response from the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, the project quickly became one of the biggest social media success stories of the internet.

From being harassed and wolf-whistled at on the street, to discrimination in the workplace and serious sexual assault, it is clear that sexism had become normalised. But Bates inspires women to lead a real change and writes this 'extremely powerful book that could, and should, win hearts and minds right across the spectrum' (Financial Times).

Often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant, everyday sexism is a protest against inequality and a manifesto for change. It's 'a game-changing book, a must-read for every woman' (Cosmopolitan).
"Moments that slip like beads onto an endless string to form a necklace that only you can feel the weight of. It can drag you down without another person ever witnessing a single thing." - Everyday Sexism.

An illuminating examination of sexism in the modern world. Using hard-hitting statistics and submitted personal stories, Laura Bates eloquently summarises many inequalities and injustices that still occur against women worldwide. The stats are as recent as 2013 and relate mostly to the UK but there are some international stats also.

Many situations related to sexism are discussed such as the workplace, motherhood, universities, politics - to name just a few. There is even a chapter dedicated to recognising sexism as it relates to men and the issues that uniquely affect them. There is just so much quality information contained in this book, it is recommended reading for everyone.

I think the subject that resonated and shocked me the most was the personal stories about sexual assault and rape, sometimes regarding young girls as young as seven. It is just beyond disgusting and tragic to read that a third of women worldwide will suffer sexual assault or violence at some point during their lifetimes. Despite the gloom of the book it does end on an uplifting and hopeful note which really made me feel less hopeless.

The only little niggle I had about this book was that at points it felt like just an extended narrative of statistics; I would have liked more analysis of why sexism is still so pervasive in societies and I would have personally liked to learn more about sexism that occurs outside of western countries but nonetheless I really enjoyed this book.

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