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Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them

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The end message of the book is to take action and push feminism and yet after reading, I’m still not sure how. This book also provided suggestions for further reading (a nod to "Our Shared Shelf") and your own personal writing space to focus on your own thought and think of your own journey with feminism. What it should all boil down to is the most fundamental fact of life, we are all thinking, feeling, breathing humans, none with greater or more deserved power than any other. I say this with sincerest respect (because I see the host means well) but this podcast embodies more signalling of progressivism, intersectionality and inclusivity than it actually has the capacity for challenging and urgent conversations about issues affecting women from all walks of life.

Now I will just say, I’m not new to reading about feminism, and so that’s probably contributing largely to my disappointment in this book. Some people might really enjoy it, especially since so many of its components are rather "bite-sized," so to speak. Put simply, if men had periods, bleeding would be an Olympic sport and there would be free menstrual cups given out on the tube. Pick it up and read one story from your favourite columnist or actress, but I guarantee you'll end up reading the full, illuminating collection, and you'll possibly finish it knowing more about your own personal stance than you imagined.

While I was reading this book, I had a lot of flashbacks to Emma Watson's "He for She" speech in 2014.

This empowering collection shows how a diverse group of women found their voice, and it will inspire others to do the same. There was an attempt for some structure by the various phases in one's feminist journey: epiphany, anger, joy, action, education and a completely random and unnecessary "poetry break". I have to say that it did feel a bit repetitive at times, because the writings were organized in different collections, such as 'epiphany', 'anger', 'poetry break' and such (also I'm not a *huge* fan of poetry, but that's another matter altogether).Grouping discussions like this so closely together just made it sound repetitive, with similar thoughts and topics being covered within 20 pages over and over again. Lady Bird і Little Women), Еванни Лінч (дивовижна Луна Лавґуд), Кет Деннінґс (читала і сміялася крізь сльози; прекрасне есе про життєві ситуації, які можуть для жінки закінчитися викраденням. This was a great book as it brought together essays from a number of women from diverse backgrounds, with an acknowledgment of experiences of intersectional feminism; black feminism/identity, ableism, trans-women. The language is accessible, the content agreeable (unless you’re a patriarchal monster) and the messages clear and informative.

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