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"Everyday Sexism started in the streets, homes and offices of London, and now has spread to thirty countries around the globe―for good reason. Daily humiliations have been mostly unreported until now. Such big crimes as sexualized violence in war zones may get noticed, but the death of the spirit is also the death of a thousand cuts. Laura Bates has challenged the normalization of sexism, and created a place where both men and women can see it and change it." ―Gloria Steinem

"Readers, whether newly educated or empowered by Bates’ comprehensive, well-researched report, will find it useful for starting discussions between the genders." ―Booklist

"Bates invites provocative, much-needed dialog that will promote more nuanced exchanges regarding the issues women face." ―Library Journal

"Laura Bates didn't just begin a movement, she has started a revolution. Women are speaking back and she is giving them the megaphone to do it. Anyone who isn't convinced we live in a world where women are still treated as second class citizens needs to read Everyday Sexism. Women are shouting, and everyone better listen." ―Liz Plank, Senior Correspondent at Mic and host of Flip the Script

"Read this book for two reasons: Bates offers a startlingly astute analysis on violence and inequality that breathes much-needed life into what is often tired gender politics. But more than that, she gives space to our voices―the voices of those of us who have been grabbed, jeered at, or made to feel invisible. The societal silencing of sexism is what Bates truly upends, and it’s this that does a public, and personal, service to thousands and thousands of women around the world who have stood up and finally―finally―been heard." ―Lauren Wolfe, journalist and Director of the Women's Media Center's Women Under Siege Project

"In Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates has created a much needed and important space for people to come forward, share their experiences and understand why they are important. The hundreds of jarring stories she shares in this book are those society would rather continue to pretend don't happen or don't matter. Bates' clear, and critically on-target demand that society pay attention is evident on every page. Her thorough, relentless and accessible approach to difficult and complex issues is catalyzing a global conversation about gender inequality." ―Soraya Chemaly

"By documenting story after story of both small and large incidents of sexism in public spaces, homes, schools, workplaces, media, and politics, and by using corroborating data and news articles, Bates has shown just how frequently women face discrimination ― and the toll it takes. But she also has shown how, as women realize they are not alone or to blame for the sexism, harassment and assault they experience, they begin speaking out and― in many cases ― they successfully challenge the sexist status quo...As more people read her book, undoubtedly more will be inspired to speak out, pushing along the groundswell of outrage and action that will one day result in the end of sexism." ―Holly Kearl

"Laura Bates book Everyday Sexism is powerful and very effective. Going to become required reading for my boys." ―Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President of International at The New York Times

“It is as uncomfortable a read as it is laudable. I shall relish giving it to my goddaughters and sons, niece and nephews.” ―Telegraph

“Often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant, everyday sexism is a protest against inequality and a manifesto for change. It's 'a game-changing book, a must-read for every woman.” ―Cosmopolitan

“Admirable and culturally transferable. 'A storm is coming,' writes Bates. After reading this book you'll hope so.” ―Independent

“This is an important work and if I had my way would be compulsory school reading across the globe.” ―Feminist Times

“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.” ―Grazia

“You may think you're familiar with the facts in Everyday Sexism. But nothing can prepare you for the emotional punch of hearing the stories of so many real women, from so many backgrounds, each struggling in a world that refuses to see them as fully human. Laura Bates deftly makes visible the spider web of oppression that holds us back and binds us all together.” ―Jaclyn Friedman, co-author of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471131572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471131578
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. STYLE on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading the book.

The book documents the verbal and physical abuse a lot of women have to put up with, predominantly by men, almost on a daily basis in the UK & US.

The author does discuss briefly abuse against men, but the book is essentially about women.

As a father and grandfather of girls I found it very shocking that this stuff is still happening.

Laura Bates does a good job raising awareness of everyday sexism against women. She, however, only briefly discusses solutions.

BTW, I didn't find the book anti-men at all.

It is anti-abuse whether committed by men or women.
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I checked this book out from my local library. Wow! I couldn't put the book down. I want to thank Mike Buchanan (the only negative reviewer for this book) for leading me to another fantastic book. All I have to do is check out the negative reviews from MRA's like Mike and it leads me right to a great book like this one. Where do I begin. "EVERYDAY SEXISM" is a book that tells of the everyday occurrences that women face in the world. Every single day these forms of sexism have been happening for decades even centuries. It's been happening for so long that men and even women see it as normal. Even though women hate it when it happens. Even though women are scared when it happens. From cat calls to comments like "don't worry you pretty head". And a lot more. If you've felt like something just wasn't right when you hear people say women are equal now....well, just read this book and you'll see they're not and you were right! Women are uniting and taking a stand against EVERYDAY SEXISM.
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I just yesterday finished reading this. It was both validating and horrifying. Horrifying. Sometimes I just set it down, because it would dredge up memory after memory of incidents. 60 years worth of bra-strapping, foul language, rape 'jokes', groping, and so forth.

Very well written and organized. Each chapter following the same logical footprint, but covering different subjects. (Bates should keep on writing. Please.)

It's a non-ranting study on the culture of fear, abuse and intimidation that women experience from day one. Day. One.

Groping. Pinching. Catcalling. Public advertisements blatantly showing abuse . Sexual abuse. Rape. Threats. Forced touching. Verbal slights. Gaslighting. "Can't you take a joke?" Raging--physically raging--males. Domestic violence. Intimidation. And Fear. Fear. Fear. Keys in hands. Crossing the street. Parking under the streetlight. Locking the doors and looking in the backseat. Is someone following me? How to get home from the library after dark. Pepper spray. Off to the ladies' room in groups. Not putting down a drink and going back to it.
Passed over for a raise. Told to wear different clothing. Assumed to be the one serving the coffee. Who drives the car? Who always croaks in Disney films? Why does Xena wear a bikini to war?

A constant and just-under-the-radar barrage that we all simply take as our daily world...until it's gathered in one place and put on parade so we can see the hideous forest and not just a tree or two. Or ten. Or 70.

If this and more (even worse) were daily done to only members to a racial minority.....well, that frame should make us all cringe. It's a recipe for subjugation, control and yep, slavery.
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Having followed the Everyday Sexism project on Twitter and the website for a while now, I was looking forward to a book summary. This did not disappoint, it roughly categorises the themes and illustrates them (sometimes painfully, sometimes with humour) with real stories from the Project.
Recommended read, especially for parents raising the next generation.
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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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