In an attempt to broaden my reading and fuel the fire to my feminist nature I picked up a new book that became not only an eye opener but changed my perspectives on so many things. I’d only ever read one feminist book prior to this one. I reviewed ‘I Call Myself a Feminist’ late last year.
Staring off as a social media project back in 2012 The Everyday Sexism Project is the first book I have ever come across that talks about real issues rather than ignoring the facts or simply overlooking what is now becoming (and has always been) an everyday occurrence for women and girls across the world. The twitter handle is still very active. I urge you to have a gander, you can find them @EverydaySexism.
What’s so great about it Maria?
What I liked about this book is the format, the ease of reading and following the narrative is fantastic. From the opening Foreword that made me want to read it out loud just to ensure the impact had maximum effect to the last words, this book is a pleasure to follow. The range of topics covered interlaced with facts, statistics, tweets and interviews made the whole thing really well crafted.
If I had to pick a downside to the book it would be that it is nowhere near long enough to give the topics included enough of an evaluation. That’s not really a complaint as such a broad range of topics from schools to politics was covered but I could quite easily have seen a whole book dedicated to each and every chapter!
Sexism – Well that’s nothing new
The need for feminism is still ever present and if this book tells us anything it is just that. The problems for young women and girls are still there, from the classroom to the club, from the street to the boardroom. Thousands of tweets file in to the project everyday suggesting the issue is still there and it’s not just in the form of a glass ceiling. Every girl from every walk of life has something to contribute, there’s are historic contributions and there are fresh off the press accounts coming in right now. A comment to a woman of colour, the stalking of a girl in a school uniform, an interviewer who talks more to a body part than to a smile. The issues in the book aren’t anything new but they are as important as ever before.
There is a chapter dedicated to Women in Education, which for some parts focuses on university life. This chapter was one that did make me sit up and take note. I can’t say I experienced anything like that of the reports in the book when I was at university but what I can say is that I heard many similar stories. I lived at home due to the proximity of my university and had very little interaction with societies around campus so that world was unknown to me. The book really did open my eyes to the harassment and attacks women sustain on a daily basis in many of our highest education establishments is appalling. We recently saw that leaked Fraternity email in the States which waves rape culture in the faces of all of the non believes in todays world. That is like a slap in the face to many people who discount this idea that women are more often then not prevented from succeeding in life as far back as the classroom.
Laura Bates’ new book Girl Up has made its way on to my ever growing reading list too.
Would I read it again – YES
I Call Myself a Feminist is still at the No.1 for me but this is a very very close 2nd.
Next on the list: Girl UP.