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Fix the System, Not the Women

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Behaviours are based on thoughts and feelings, be them conscious or unsconscious, that's basic cognitive behavioural psychology. Zwaar omdat het herkenbaar is, omdat je het eigenlijk al wel weet en nu opeens alles bij elkaar wordt voorgeschoteld.

Ik kan dit boek aanraden voor allen die het grotere plaatje willen inzien, het systeem in plaats van enkel het individu. We move through the different “dots” of society that shape the systemic failings that keep women oppressed, assaulted, raped and murdered. Namanya sudah cukup sering aku dengar sbg aktivis kesetaraan gender yg juga rajin menulis esai dan buku. I find this to be a powerful, thought-provoking opener, as I think some women, myself included may not realise that certain behaviour, is actually sexism, and we were the victims of that.I was haunted by the story of a woman attacked by her ex-husband, who smashed her head so hard against a BMW that it dented the bodywork and left her needing hospital treatment. Black women are four times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, yet rarely see themselves represented in campaigns to reach out to expectant mothers. El libro aún no está en español (arribando a las editoriales para que se pongan las pilas), así que si pueden leer en inglés, les invito de todo corazón a leerlo. Vooral een inzending voor The Everyday Sexism Project greep me aan, een oudere vrouw die zich verontschuldigde: zij had al die grensoverschrijdende incidenten getolereerd, ze was stil gebleven. Saber dónde estoy parada, no precisamente hablando de la situación de UK, porque hacía ahí me dirigía/estaba cuando lo leí, sino en general: qué me tocó vivir.

She is the recipient of two honorary degrees, an honorary fellow of St John's College Cambridge and was awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee. When people suggest measures that constrain all women’s lives, these are hailed as ‘just common sense’. This book will infuriate you and open your eyes to so many injustices that you simply accept as “life as it is” presented with many accounts from real women and statistics that will shock, frighten and sadden you. We should also applaud Bates for her courageous campaigning in the face of appalling abuse and hatred. Whichever way anyone looks at this, this is yet another misogynistic method of exerting control over women's lives.The examples cited of misogynistic abuse suffered by women are extensive and of course throughly awful as well as unsurprising, but I felt it was sensitively handled and offered many solutions of how to change the system rather that just describing them in graphic detail and moving on. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Red Magazine and Grazia among others. 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.

And judges ruling not guilty because the 13 year old “looked old for their age” and “looks sexually aggressive”. Ik heb een lijstje gemaakt en ook al zal deze niet zo lang zijn als die van anderen, hij is te lang. Though perhaps not as hard-hitting as 'Men Who Hate Women' Bates' new book is further proof of the prevailing misogyny of Western society. 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.I think what I do find difficult to comprehend, is the fairly recent overturning of Roe v Wade in the United States. If readers are interested in a more academic book looking at similar topics could I recommend 'The Incel Rebellion: The Rise of the Manosphere and the Virtual War Against Women' by Lisa Sugiura. And it’s sad and infuriating reading all these stories of abuse, harassment, abuse of power, exclusion, and rape.

And men not getting convicted because “they were stressed about their job, so it’s understandable that they took up skirt pictures of women on the bus”. If you are looking for solutions, or a magic bullet, it’s not really going to satiate that need… but at the same time you know what you should do (stand up for yourself and other women - keep pushing for improvements - and encourage people to seek help and come forward).

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. She begins with her own list, a list of events or situations in which she has been the victim of sexism, harassment or assault. Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide.

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