If you only read one thing this year... make it Misogynation by Laura Bates
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After International Women’s Day on 8 March, there are certain issues still at the forefront of many of our minds this week – and there is one book that will help you keep them there until this time next year. Laura Bates's Misogynation is a collection of essays on feminism originally published in the Guardian looking at ‘the true scale of sexism’, with a myriad of contemporary references from #MeToo and Weinstein, Trump, and that headline which said ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!’
Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsThis pioneering feminist has been published by the Guardian, the New York Times, and TIME magazine, as well as having been the recipient of several awards for her work such as a British Empire medal and a British Press Award, and named a Woman of the Year by the Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and RED. Bates set up the International Everyday Sexism Project and has given a voice to hundreds of thousands of women through her work, and continues to do so by raising awareness of the issues that so many women face every single day, sometimes without even realising it. These are just some of the reasons why, if you only read one book on feminism this year, you should be making it Misogynation. Misogynation discusses what it is like being a women today, touching on everything from street harassment and the workplace, to the media and solo travelling through short, punchy essays with headlines such as “Ten Frequent Comments on Feminist Blogposts – and My Responses”, “Everyday Sexism: Five Reasons Why Men Shouldn’t Shout at Women in the Street”, and “Where Are All the Women, Wikipedia?”
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