Misogynation, The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates
Misogynation by Laura Bates is a must-read for any feminist. A collection of her Guardian articles, Misogynation is a clear example of just how-far we still have to go to achieve true equality.
I read this book in two sittings across a weekend and by the end of it I was completely livid. Even just two pages in I was RAGING. As I women I know these experiences first hand; yet, that doesn’t stop me feeling outraged. Bates finishes her introduction with “[s]o this book is a labour of anger, yes, and of frustration. But perhaps it is a labour of hope as well” … I have to believe her, because if there isn’t hope, then what is there.
The blurb reads …
“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 the gender inequality that continues to flourish in our society. Drawing attention to sexism everywhere, Bates uncovers the discrimination in our relationships, our workplaces, our homes, our media, at our schools and on our streets. Misogynation makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to see the bigger picture”
There is no topic untouched, no stone left un-turned. Bates systematically shows the reader the true-extent of ingrained sexism across British culture. I underlined parts of every single one of her essays – controversial I know, writing in a book. But to me it just felt so important to really connect with what was being said; to read, re-read, and re-read again. Double, triple check that my eyes weren’t deceiving me.
A selection of highlights can be found over on my twitter page …
Bates is best known for her work with EveryDay Sexism; a project she launched to illustrate the rampant sexism faced by women everyday. She has published four books: EveryDay Sexism, Girl Up, Misogynation, and most recently The Burning.
Whilst reading Misogynation, I kept thinking back to other influential feminist books that I had read throughout the year, and how I could better share them with members of my family and friends. Institutional sexism is not an issue that will be solved overnight, but the more that we can open up the conversation, educate ourselves and others, and be active allies, the better fighting chance we have.
I will be encouraging all of the men (and women!) in my life to be reading this book. We cannot start to tackle these issues until we are informed and have our eyes fully open.
In a couple of weeks time I will be publishing my ‘Feminist Five’ – my top-five feminist books of 2019. In the meantime if you’re interested in other feminist publications, I highly recommend Inferior by Angela Saini.
Misogynation in Facts:
Author: Laura Bates
First Published Date: 2018
Publishing House: Simon & Schuster UK