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Everyday Sexism

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  2,752 Ratings  ·  376 Reviews
Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemi ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 10th 2014)
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Maria I would say it's both. You can find stories and different situations (told by both men and women) but it's a statement itself.

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Emily May
May 12, 2014 Emily May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
When I was younger, there was a club in a nearby town that did a 13-17 year olds night. It was mostly filled with the lower end of that age group, stood around overdressed with cokes in hand, pretending the coke was laced with something stronger. It was basically a glorified youth club with strobe lighting and overpriced soft drinks, but we felt so fucking rebellious and grown up.

I remember the first time I went very well. I was nervous and excited to be "going out" and couldn't wait to dance an
Paul Bryant
Oct 17, 2015 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it

I had to share this with you all, you'll see why. I was listening to a cd of hit songs from the 1910s and 20s and came across this GEM. It's called

"Wait till you get them up in the Air, Boys"

and it's all about why any young man should learn how to fly a plane.....

Sometimes you try to love a girl
And she says no to you;
It makes you feel so blue,
But there's nothing you can do!

You take her for an auto ride
And start that mushy talk,
But if she doesn't like it,
She gets out and starts to walk.

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Mar 29, 2015 Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone

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Let me introduce you the three reasons which explain why I'm eagerly recommending everyone to read this. Let's face it, I could have find more reasons, but I guess we have to stop at some point right?

"Sexism is a socially acceptable prejudice and everybody is getting in on the act."

Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
I never know how to react to sexual harassment. It's different every time. I was walking home from middle school and a boy I passed on the sidewalk reached behind him and grabbed my ass. The next day my brother and I yelled obscenities at him from our front porch. Later that same year, a guy in a car pulled up to my best friend and I to ask if we wanted to go to Wendy's with him. We immediately found a cop, who wrote down every word we said despite our lamentably vague descriptions. A few years ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Maxi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update August 2016: changed the rating from 4.5 to 5 stars because I think about this book every single day.

Day 1 (4/28/16)- Chapter 1
Dismissal of arguments or thoughts because "she's just pms-ing" or hormonal.

every single day at work.

This first chapter made me feel so scared and enraged at the same time. If you want the short version: sexism is pretty much everywhere and it's fucking scary.

Why people don't understand the concept of sexism and instead blame the victims for how they were dr
Apr 17, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
I can sum up my reaction to this book in one word: horror. I was already aware of the Everyday Sexism Project and had read some studies on the levels of harassment women have to endure. But even so, I was taken aback by the shear scale of the problem described by Laura Bates in the book, made more hard hitting by the individual accounts of what contributors to the Everyday Sexism website have experienced.

All this would be bad enough, but as Bates makes clear, the problem is compounded by how wo
Aug 24, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2016-favorites
Everyone should read this. It's so important and tackles everything from rape culture to victim blaming to catcalling, etc. I'll definitely try to get some of my family and friends to read this as well.
Nov 24, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
This book is undoubtedly the most important book I have read this year, and one that I believe should be read by everyone, whether you call yourself a feminist or not. This is relevant to absolutely everyone, not just women, and highlights the very real threats that unfortunately a great many people experience in their everyday lives.

Laura Bates collects her own experiences and those of others who have submitted to the EverydaySexism project over the years, and lays them out for us in various se
Crystal Starr Light
Sep 11, 2016 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially to those who think sexism is dead
Recommended to Crystal Starr Light by: Iset
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
Bullet Review:

Instead of reading my review, do yourself a favor and read this book.

I am VERY fortunate to not experience half of what most of the women here have, but this is a HUGELY important book. Keep your ears open and remember: Just because you've never experienced it, doesn't mean it never happens. Use some empathy.

It’s difficult to know where to begin with this review. This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Everyday Sexism resonated with me to a degree I had not expected. As a child I have to admit I didn’t notice this sort of thing, by and large. Maybe because I was lucky enough to have liberal-minded parents who never placed arbitrary restrictions on my aspirations and ambitions. As a teenager I slowly started becoming more aware when I was treated differently due to my gender, someth
More like 4.5/5

Thoughts to come...
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

Laura Bates brings issues of harassment, assault and abuse of both men and women to light, after being deluged with submissions to her website and Twitter accounts. Seemingly small incidents of off-hand remarks can feel like the death of a thousand cuts when they happen everyday in every facet of your life. These sexist ouccrences happen so often and are so insidious and pervasive in Western society that they've become normalised to the point we feel silly for being upset about instances others

Everyday Sexism has been on my mind ever since I finished it. It's been a little over a week since I read it and it has somehow managed to colour my everyday experiences in a way no other book this year has. I want everyone to read this book, regardless of gender. I want people to realize the lived realities of women. I want people to realize that feminism is not just important, but also really freaking necessary. When half the world is crying out and having their experie
Like many, I first heard about Bates' Everyday Sexism project via Twitter when the #ShoutingBack hashtag was gaining momentum, and I thought it was a great idea to have an online platform where women can share their daily experiences of sexism. I picked up the accompanying book, yet I had no idea of the emotional impact it was going to have on me.

When I was 12 years old, my proudest moment was when I campaigned with a group of other girls in my year to force our headmaster to let us wear trouser
Feb 10, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

Recently, a friend posted an article to her Facebook. The article was about how daughters devote more time to caring for parents as opposed to sons. My comment on her post was how was this news. Because, who is supposed by that finding? Outliers aside, most daughters already knew the truth of that statement. In many ways, this is what the book is about.

If you haven’t heard about the Everyday Sexism project, then you need to get your head out of the sand. Bates star
Jul 27, 2015 Ella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent. Excellent. I am blown away by this book's brilliance. And I know that may sound cheesy, but this book deserves it. Everyday Sexism made me feel so many things - THERE ARE JUST SO MANY EMOTIONS. But I am going to try and organise them in order to formulate a cohesive review. Because everyone needs to know about this book, why it is so important, and why its message, and the reason for its existence, needs to be known by everyone.

Women face sexism everyday. Everyday. And many may not ev
Jan 14, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone except Bruce Banner
Shelves: non-fiction
Coming from a background in science I'm well aware that women are basically the same as men, but with less penises.

Obviously that's a gross simplification, there are many other differences: women tend to be shorter, live longer, and are statistically more likely to have a baby than a man is. But these are all physiological differences. What about the other differences? And that's where things get slippery and slopey.

I have a young cousin who is in her second year of primary school. When looking
Nov 14, 2016 Neave rated it it was ok
I am going to be one of the few people who actually gives this book a negative review and say exactly why I feel quite a lot of this doesn't express 'Everyday Sexism' as the title, so untruthfully suggests.

My first issue with this book upon reading is that it dramatises every form of sexual assault there is. A chapter called 'Women In Learning' made this dramatisation even more potent for me because of the way reading this actually made me feel.
I feel anxious and daunted by the fact of going t
Kelly Su
Aug 05, 2016 Kelly Su rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I usually don't write very long reviews, but I will have to for this one. (Warning: a bit of word vomit and a rant that consists of many run-on sentences :-/)

This is one of the most important and educational books I've ever read. Honestly, this should be a required reading book for everyone: it opens your eyes to the true extent of sexism in both women and men's lives. It acknowledges the small, everyday interactions of sexism that are brushed off as "banter", "overreactions" and expectations of
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 03, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all humans, male and femal
Laura Bates has penned a book so excellent, so all-inclusive that it has taken me days to even come up with the words to describe how wonderful this book is. And yet, even after pondering for days, I’m failing. Instead, read Alienor is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ’s excellent review, as she nails it.

This book isn’t just for girls. Or women. It’s for everyone.

And, if you’re reading the Audible edition in which Laura Bates reads her own book, you are in for a real treat!
Oct 01, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Warning: Not a particularly eloquent review.

Someone asked me to let them know what I thought of this book, so I'm actually writing a 'review' for once.

My life at the moment is great for reading. I have a four hour daily commute via public transport (tube and train), and the journey to visit my parents is again two hours on the train one-way. This has led me to getting through books more quickly than usual recently, and has allowed me to become more absorbed each time I pick a book up since I hav
May 26, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings." - Gloria Steinem

I have told some of my male peers of this quote and they did not understand it. I don't blame them for that, but it made it so clear to me one of the bigger problems with equality today. Too often men don't see what women are subjected to each day: the cat calls, the yells, the jokes... Because to them it's just an occurrence that one time. They simply do not see it in the perspective women do every day. And if we
Marina Zala
** Books 57 - 2016 **

4,3 of 5 stars!

"So this is it. It's happening everywhere. Don't think that you can hide, because you can't. Don't think you can opt out either. You're either with us or you're against us. There is no in-between, because it's the in-between that has been the problem for so long. The people who discriminate against us, who scream at us in the street, who grope us at work, who attack us and abuse us and assault us: they're bullies. And bullies flourish only in an environment w
Bonnie McDaniel
May 09, 2016 Bonnie McDaniel rated it really liked it
I think this little book should be read by everyone, and it definitely should be taught in high schools and college. It proves that feminism is still needed, and anyone who tells you we live in a "post-feminist" society is simply full of it. The book began life as the Everyday Sexism Project, a website where women could post their stories and lived experiences. According to the book's frontpage, the site has now collected more than 100,000 testimonials from people around the world.

One of the mos
Nessie McInness
Jan 16, 2016 Nessie McInness rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic
This is a book everyone should read.
When I started reading it I thought I'd never been sexually harassed, but as I read on I realised how many times it happened, and even some things I've tucked away in my mind hoping never to reach them again. Not only that, I've realised how many times the fact that I'm female was an obstacle to my career, and just life in general.
Hearing all these cases from all over the world made me want to fight back even more. More men should be aware of this project, an
Emma Catherine
Oct 27, 2015 Emma Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feminism is something I've always been interested in, but never passionate about. I've always been aware of sexism, but never experienced it.
It was actually something that happened to my friend that made me pick up this book, but I'm so glad I did. It completely opened my eyes to what happens every day but is so often ignored.
I don't think saying I "enjoyed" this book is the right way to put it. There were many stories submitted that made me feel angry and disgusted by people who did nothing i
Jan 21, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it
I had to read this book in 10% breaks because the real life stories of sexism, abuse, sexual assault and daily degradations that women face were at times just too difficult to keep reading continuously. I already followed Everyday Sexism before I started this so was aware of the content but I also really appreciated the discussions that went along side the real life stories- the use of statistics partnered with the realities of being a woman in this world brings home quite sharply just why we ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Francesca marked it as did-not-finish
This book was born from the Everyday Sexism Project which was started by Laura Bates (you can watch her
TEDx talk).

I read approximately 50 pages of this, but unfortunately non fiction is not my thing. If you're like me, I would still recommend you watch the YouTube video I mentioned. It's a very important topic, and I'm glad there are women out there bringing awareness and opening our eyes.
Mar 29, 2016 Kirstie rated it really liked it
Finally finished. It took me quite a while but I finished. It's definetly not a cheery read by any means but it's well executed and important highlighting the impact sexism has on a day to day basis. Also for anyone studying gender I highly recommend it, its helped me with many an essay. I would have given this 5 stars but it wasn't exactually an enjoyable read and I save 5 star ratings for books I really enjoy.
Dec 27, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Although this book was shocking and unnerving at times, I couldn't help but nod my head in agreement throughout.

A depressingly realistic narrative of what it means to be "female" in today's society.

A must-read for all.

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Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 25,000 women's experiences of gender imbalance. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Red Magazine, Grazia, the Women's Media Center, and the New Statesman. She was named one of the Huffington Post's Most Inspirational Women of 2012 and shortlisted for the 2013 Shorty Award in activism.
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“I’m fifteen and I feel like girl my age are under a lot of pressure that boys are not under. I know I am smart, I know I am kind and funny, and I know that everyone around me keeps telling me that I can be whatever I want to be. I know all this but I just don’t feel that way. I always feel like if I don’t look a certain way, if boys don’t think I’m ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ then I’ve failed and it doesn’t even matter if I am a doctor or writer, I’ll still feel like nothing. I hate that I feel like that because it makes me seem shallow, but I know all of my friends feel like that, and even my little sister. I feel like successful women are only considered a success if they are successful AND hot, and I worry constantly that I won’t be. What if my boobs don’t grow, what if I don’t have the perfect body, what if my hips don’t widen and give me a little waist, if none of that happens I feel like what’s the point of doing anything because I’ll just be the ‘fat ugly girl’ regardless of whether I do become a doctor or not.
I wish people would think about what pressure they are putting on everyone, not just teenage girls, but even older people – I watch my mum tear herself apart every day because her boobs are sagging and her skin is wrinkling, she feels like she is ugly even though she is amazing, but then I feel like I can’t judge because I do the same to myself. I wish the people who had real power and control the images and messages we get fed all day actually thought about what they did for once.
I know the girls on page 3 are probably starving themselves. I know the girls in adverts are airbrushed. I know beauty is on the inside. But I still feel like I’m not good enough.”
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