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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471131572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471131578
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura has been announced as number 9 in the BBC Woman's Hour Power List 2014 Game Changers, BBC Radio 4
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She won Cosmopolitan s Ultimate Woman of the Year Award 2013
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'If Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman is the fun-filled manual for female survival in the 21st century, Everyday Sexism is its more politicised sister' Independent
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'It is a wonderful book... a thrilling, intelligent, accessible, uplifting and empowering look at our current situation and the evidence it offers of the potential for change. Read the book.' Lucy Mangan, Stylist
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'Following it will make most women feel oddly saner' Caitlin Moran
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'The shocking posts in this book provide powerful evidence that sexism is on the increase in society...This is a passionate tome' Sunday Times
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'It is as uncomfortable a read as it is laudable. I shall relish giving it to my goddaughters and sons, niece and nephews' Telegraph
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'This is an important work and if I had my way would be compulsory school reading across the globe' -- Feminist Times

'Her game-changing book Everyday Sexism is a must-read for every woman' -- Cosmo


'This is her brilliantly and sensitively written manifesto. A must-read' Grazia

'As founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura was one of the first women to harness the power of social media to fight sexism and misogyny and give millions of young women a voice'
The Women Who Shaped Your Decade, -- Grazia

About the Author

Laura Bates studied English at Cambridge University and went on to be a freelance journalist. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Red Magazine and Grazia among others. She is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a New-York based organisation working to combat the use of sexual violence as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.


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It occurred to me recently that I tend to tense up when I have to pass near a group of young men on the street, particularly if they're shouting, or seem drunk. And as a middle-aged man, I'm virtually invisible to them. It then struck me quite forcibly how much worse it must be if you're someone they might actually notice. That is, a woman.

One of my female friends was followed to her front door a fortnight ago. Fortunately nothing happened bar a vague threat, but she was understandably shaken. I have only recently come to realise how much incidents like this are part of everyday life for women.

Sexism in society is apparently a contentious topic. I was not surprised to see some one-star ratings for this book. I was slightly surprised that they came seemingly from literate and intelligent people. I was taken aback to see at least two of them came from women. I was frankly staggered at what they seemed to take away after reading this superb and necessary book.

I have followed the Everyday Sexism project on Twitter for a long time, and I did wonder if much of this book would be familiar. It was, but that didn't prevent my jaw dropping every page or two in disbelief (accompanied often by an audible exclamation). The experiences describe here comprise everyday reality for women, but as a white male the picture still shocks me when I'm faced with it. Looking at the critical reviews, I find it really difficult to believe that anyone could read to the end of this book and claim that Laura Bates is simply 'whining' or that it represents 'a collection of many anecdotes that would make a child laugh'. Laugh? The experience of women as presented here is appalling, and all too believable.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2014
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I can remember stumbling across the Everyday Sexism Project not long after it first started and being totally stunned and shocked by how much sexism there still is around. Yes we have the laws which say everyone is equal but laws really don't have much impact on many people's daily lives it seems. This book is not just about sexism against women it includes many equally shocking and disturbing examples of sexism against men and boys too.

What many people don't appreciate is that sexism harms everyone and it is only by a drastic culture change that things will improve. Culture change doesn't just happen because a few people decide it will - it has to be bigger than that. I've heard people say that many sexist comments and sexist behaviour is just normal banter and you should just get a sense of humour and accept it but sexism is far more than that when it colours your everyday life and affects the way you behave in normal everyday situations. Do you cross the road to avoid wolf whistles and crude comments? Do you avoid working past one particular man's desk at work because you know he will try and grope you? Do you avoid telling your friends that actually you quite like the colour pink? If you do then sexism is affecting your everyday life.

Sexism in the work place, sexism at home in the family, sexism when you're out enjoying a social occasion, sexism when you're online. It affects us all at some time or another. Men as well as women. If you're a man, think for a moment how your friends and colleagues would react if you applied for paternity leave because you wanted to take on part of the childcare for your new born baby? How would everyone you know behave if you announced you were staying at home to look after your children and your wife was going back to work?
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Some months ago I stumbled across the twitter feed that the author had created. Like, I suspect, many guys my first impression was to wonder if this was exaggerated, I thought that equality had happened already... so I did my own straw poll of the women I knew only to find that almost all had at least one story to tell. Many had more than one. Some of them were tough to hear.

Surely the time has come for our mothers, sisters, wives & daughters to walk alongside us in equality.

This book opens your eyes to what is happening, how the little abuses enable the greater abuses and why anyone who cares should step up. Not just once in a while but every day. After several chapters that will depress & annoy anyone with a heart Laura ends on a note of hope for the future.

This is one of those books where the message is one that needs drilling into the brain of everyone.
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Everyone, of every gender, should read this. I dare you not to be moved by it and see the world in a whole new light. Pay particular attention if you are a parent - use this book to help you raise a bright new generation.
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I’m lucky to live in a part of the world where women have equal rights to men in law, but this has yet to translate into day-to-day life. Everyday, women have to deal with street harassment, ‘harmless’ banter and unsolicited opinions on how to dress, what to eat and how to rear their children (if they even want children). Welcome to the world of everyday sexism.

It can be argued that what we have to deal with isn’t as important as issues like female genital mutilation. I would counter that, while each individual act of sexism is a small hailstone, the constant barrage of microagressions along side the more visible forms of harassment and violence are a never-ending hailstorm. We should not have to tolerate this kind of abuse just because other people might have it worse. We can speak out against cat-calling and about the denial of the right to education for women; it is not an either-or situation.

Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project to show how ingrained sexism is in UK culture, and even she was shocked at how deeply rooted it is. Now, women from all over the world share their brushes with sexism. Sexism in our society can no longer be denied, or ignored. From the experiences shared at ESP, Bates put together a collection of essays looking at different facets of sexism: young women, women in public spaces, the media, the workplace and in education, motherhood and the intersectionality of sexism with other forms of discrimination.

It is a real eye-opener, even for people who consider themselves educated on such issues. It is a harrowing read in places, as Bates shares real experiences of violence and harassment. Anger may also be induced. The only bad thing about this book is that it will not be read by the people who really ought to read it.
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