Saturday, 24 March 2018

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates


*I kindly received a copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.*

Misogynation is the latest collection of essays from founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura Bates.

   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. 

Let's just get straight to the point ! If you're looking for a book that will put together all arguments to reveal the scale of sexism and how it permeates every.single.little.part of our society and, uses in depth research from multiple sources to provide the best case for feminism today? Misogynation is the one. It's important too to note that  Laura Bates is also one of the very few white feminist writers who addresses intersectionality and does so consistently and thoroughly. While like Laura's first book, this one is written in a rather journalistic style, it only adds more credence to what she's saying. Just the meticulous way in which every essay is written, with many real life examples from girls and women all over the world really hit home in that it made me hyper aware of how deep-rooted the issue of sexism is and, how damaging and life changing its effects can be.

Some of these essays first appeared in The Guardian and so when compiled in this way, some of her arguments can seem repetitive. As someone very rightly said on Goodreads that's kind of the point. Sexism is arduous and repetitive to everyone who's a recipient of it. It's also everywhere if you look properly which is why I think it was so essential to ram this point home.

If you've read a bit of feminist lit or or other feminist collections of essays, you'll unlikely be surprised by much of the information here. That said, its still important  in helping us reinforce the language we use to talk about sexism and, having some cold hard stats to back us up. And I'd say is more important for those who have read v little to none - this is the book to start with. Or perhaps start with Everyday Sexism and go from there because this book definitely builds on those themes.

So, if you only read one book this year, let it be this one ! 




  1. This sounds like it's worth a read - I'll have to see it it's on Audible as I have a credit :) I know what you mean in that I guess some of these books are preaching to the choir / telling people who are aware of the facts what they already know but it definitely sounds like a good introduction for those who want to educate themselves on a basic level!

    Jasmine xx

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    1. exactly! and I think a lot of books that try to educate on a basic level are almost too basic, using argument but little evidence. Whereas this book has been SO well researched! xx


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