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Fix the System, Not the Women

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This is essential reading for absolutely everyone, it made my stomach turn and made me incredibly sad. Even if it makes you rage and scream and shout at all the inequalities women are subjected to repeatedly, it still instills a hope: that by making our voices heard, by never giving up in the face of adversities, we will prevail and receive, once and for all, access to equal rights. Though perhaps not as hard-hitting as 'Men Who Hate Women' Bates' new book is further proof of the prevailing misogyny of Western society. Ik heb een lijstje gemaakt en ook al zal deze niet zo lang zijn als die van anderen, hij is te lang. She has judged the Women’s Prize, the YA Book Prize, the Children's Laureate and the RSL Giles St Aubyn awards for non-fiction.

Never before have I felt her formidable and brilliant voice more than in this book — and my god has she delivered some sardonic sentences in her previous offerings! people seem to be saying it’s not a good book as it’s nothing they didn’t already know but as woman of course we already know it, it is us, it is how we live what could you possibly read that was something you didn’t already know.Listing fact after devastating fact that will be all too familiar to the female reader, Fix the System Not the Women makes for a tough read. So well written, so INTERESTING and I honestly just wanted to keep on reading regardless of how mad it made me!

She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2015 and has been named a woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. The saga of Boris Johnson and Brexit frequently crops up in this author's narrative as a vivid, if Lilliputian instance of the same phenomenon. FIX THE SYSTEM, NOT THE WOMEN no fue el primer libro de feminismo que leí; sí el que más me ha marcado hasta ahora. Disabled women are twice as likely to suffer domestic abuse, but just one in 10 spaces in refuges is accessible to those with physical disabilities.The final part of this book describes how and why would-be Caesars come to grief, from the Gunpowder Plot to Trump's march on the Capitol and the ejection of Boris Johnson by his own MPs, and ends with a defence of the grubby glories of parliamentary politics and a thought-provoking roadmap of the way back to constitutional government. EducationPoliticsMediaPolicingCriminal justice Combining stories with shocking evidence, Fix the System, Not the Women is a blazing examination of sexual injustice and a rallying cry for reform. There are Big Caesars who set out to achieve total social control and Little Caesars who merely want to run an agreeable kleptocracy without opposition: from Julius Caesar and Oliver Cromwell through Napoleon and Bolivar, to Mussolini, Salazar, De Gaulle and Trump. It was hard to read the lists of everyday sexism the author and other women received and to realise that I was right along with them.

This book examines how everyday accounts of sexism have become so ingrained into daily life that not only do we not even notice them half the time, but they've infiltrated and infected every structure of society. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees and was awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee. It's not an easy read and I did begin to feel a bit depressed reading it because it compounded all my worst fears about the inequalities that still need to be sorted out.

We should also applaud Bates for her courageous campaigning in the face of appalling abuse and hatred.

Don't get me wrong, I was enraged for half of it and in tears for the rest, but I am grateful to have access to such information and would recommend it to everyone. We move through the different “dots” of society that shape the systemic failings that keep women oppressed, assaulted, raped and murdered.Woefully I think it’ll be many men in our lives we love who won’t want to accept this book’s message because it holds a very painful mirror up to their own entrenched learned behaviour. It's about the need to equal -up the opportunities and behaviours deeply ingrained in our culture, and other cultures, that do not consider women as being equal to men. Laura Bates has brilliantly put into words many of my own experiences where I have never had the words for them before. I read it with rage and anger at the injustices and inequalities, at how women are shamed and how they internalise this shame, and how they are held responsible for creating change rather than holding the systems and societal structures accountable for their oppression. Continuing what Invisible Women presented, it's full of statistics demonstrating how sexism and racism are embedded not only in everyday life, but especially in the systems that govern our lives.

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