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5.0 out of 5 stars
honest and unapologetic, 7 May 2012
This book is one of my favourite feminist publications. It has an interesting structure, and is so crammed full of arguments and statistics to back them up that it can be very hard to put it down.
For those who believe equality has been achieved, The Equality Illusion is a must. It exposes the myth that men and women are equal; that they have the same opportunities in the world, and that they are treated with the same amount of respect and consideration in all situations. Although sexism can be subtle now, it is most definitely still there, and Banyard opens the reader's eyes to it.
The chapter on the sex industry, too, is especially important, as it dismisses the nonsensical, 'freedom of expression and choice, man!' view of the issue and approaches it critically, providing lots of explicit examples proving that this is not an industry built upon women's right to freely express her sexual desires, but is in fact quite the opposite.
Although this book can be hard to read at times, the last chapter is dedicated to trying to come up with solutions to the problems, ending things on an optimistic and hopeful tone. If you don't already have this book in your possession, whether you consider yourself feminist or not, these are important issues that need to be discussed, and Banyard provides the perfect jumping-off point.