Everyday Sexism Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny how it's just men leaving the one star reviews.
Very good read, basically validates the injustice women have felt their entire lives.
I've been wanting to read Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates for a long time. When I heard she was going to be doing an event at Foyles with Hibo Wardere on 31st May, I nabbed a ticket... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jo
The best book I've read this year, anyone who thinks feminism isn't needed cos "were all equal now- you feminatzi" needs to read this book and stfu.Published 2 months ago by Loubear
Thoroughly insightful. Recommend to all ages and genders to read as it is an issue that needs more awareness.Published 2 months ago by Zara B
read this hoping that it would be intellectual. She is I suspect a public shool girl who failed as an actress and who on Goad's earth wants to be lectured by people who are paid to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frooble
Frightening, sobering but essential reading for anyone anywhere who is raising children today. Opened my eyes wide. Saying no to everyday sexism.Published 2 months ago by Geraldine D'Arcy
I've been waiting for this book to be released in the USA. Finally, it's arrived! I checked this book out from my local library. Wow! I couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maat