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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic intro for the unschooled pro-equality liberal, 15 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today (Paperback)
I finished reading this book two days ago, and I cannot begin to explain the sense of true empowerment it imparts. With equality issues it is often the case of not being able to see the wood for the trees, such is the labyrinthine nature of gender inequality. This book lays it all out, simplifying the lines of inquiry and making clear the battles we must all fight.

It makes clear that equality must begin in the grassroots - it cannot merely come from government legislation. I was already an out and out feminist before picking up this book, but an unschooled one, unable to truly hold my own in debates. The clear, level-headed style and approach that Banyard takes lays out the facts and encourages you to join the dots, realising new or different perspectives as you go.

Yes, it uses the 'f' word a lot, which I understand (although that's maybe not the right word here, because I don't really understand it) some people aren't comfortable associating themselves with. Think about it another way: Every time you see the word 'feminism', think 'anti-sexism', or better yet, 'pro-equality'.

Because pro-equality is precisely what this book is about (and if we're getting into technicalities, that is precisely what feminism stands for). This means pro-equality not just in the Western workplace, home or school, but worldwide. Banyard writes a lot on the successes and failures that women in both developed and developing countries have respectively enjoyed or endured.

The book is set out over the course of a day, so it becomes a sort of 'day in the life of' account, peppered with well researched and solid statistics which will stand up to even the most hardened sceptic. The best part of the book for me was the final chapter, entitled 'Tomorrow', where men and women who are working tirelessly for a more equal, less sexist world give their two cents on the current situation and ways in which they hope to improve it.

If you're interested in equality or deem yourself to be interested in liberalism, I recommend this book. Actually, I recommend it even if you're not. It's a great introduction to a very serious and widespread issue that affects men and women alike.
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