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Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,250 ratings  ·  818 reviews
Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartme
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Harper Wave (first published May 24th 2016)
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Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I am so conflicted right now. I really don’t want to be, but I am kind of hating this book. Not because the content wasn’t good or legitimate, but because whoever designed the physical layout of the thing decided to sprinkle girly fucking glitter dust all over everything. The whole GD book is smothered in pink, frilly doodles and mindless diagrams that don’t actually make any sense. Empowerment? Please! It used to be empowerment until the girls’ toy aisle threw up all over it and turned it into ...more
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
although the repetitive format bored me to death, this book has a lot of useful and interesting information, specially since I'm just entering the work world myself. but it's a shame this is very America centred and it tells again and again that women are people with vaginas, when it doesn't take a lot of common sense to know that's not really true...

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Nikki Reads A Lot
3.5/5 - A humourous and handy guidebook, easy to read but refreshingly no-nonsense approach to the patriarchy & everyday sexism women face. Biggest criticism is - you need to cut down on the genital references!!! Not all women have vaginas!!! Equating women to their parts, even with the intention of being light-hearted, alienates the shit out of trans women (who are most discriminated against in the workplace, by far!!!) ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I get what this book was trying to do and I do believe it has a some good points, suggestions and resources for women in the workforce
this was SO TERF-Y. There was so much vagina-centric rhetoric (and puns! oh god all the puns!) which is insanely unnecessary for workforce advice. Overall, the advice for women of color, LGBT women or women with disabilities felt secondary to the main narrative (if present at all!). \
If its not intersectional its not feminism.
This book got old REAL quick.
Samantha Mitchell
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think this book is going to get panned in the media. Either that or it will be a big hit. It's very "buzzfeed"; it tries to engage through quizzes and humour and lists. I understand where they're coming from and what they're trying to do. Business books can be dry and they're trying to appeal to the 20-30 something female that may not have been enticed by Lean In. To me it felt immature though. I legitimately cringed at parts. Then again, I don't like The Office, 30 Rock or most shows people f ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not certain how Feminist Fight Club got on my to-read list, but when my hold came in at the library, I settled down for what I thought would be an instructive and in-depth look at the casual sexism that continues to exist in the modern work place.

I did not get that.

Feminist Fight Club is instead the "highlights" version: it lists some of the various forms of sexism; it mentions some of the stereotypes women can be labeled with; it briefs over the 'trap' scenarios women might fall prey to. A
Roman Clodia
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Today's sexism is insidious, casual, politically correct, even friendly'

This is a book I wish I'd been able to read when I was 21 and in those first jobs after graduating: although based on US experience, it still identifies those office perennials (the guy who talks over you in meetings, who assumes that you'll always make the coffee for visitors, that you'll always be happy to take the notes, and that your role is to be nice, kind, maternal and nurturing 'cos that's what being female means, r
Diana Suddreth
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've struggled more with writing a review for this book than any other I've ever read. I did not like this book on so many levels. As an upper-management professional, I was completely offended by the portrayal of the workplace as hostile to women, and can't help but wonder how much of the hostility is self-perpetuated even within the stories in the FFC. Millennials, your mothers worked hard to break into business, get maternity leaves and other friendly practices, and climb higher than women ha ...more
Hannah Pieterse
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The advice and information in this book is good, but to me, not very novel. It felt like a sparkly, cartoon-filed version of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In." I also felt disappointed that it gave only lip service to issues facing women of color, people of diverse genders and sexualities, and really anyone outside of certain white collar creative fields.
Korinne Vanderroest
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book four to five stars, but I can't. The book is chock full of snappy one liners and interpersonal business strategies for dealing with a sexist workplace. It explains the importance of building up and encouraging your female coworkers and fostering a support system for other women in your field. It also touched on racial issues within the feminist movement which I feel takes a backseat in many feminist circles. However, this book comes off as TERFish. Vagaffirm and var ...more
Hestia Istiviani
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I felt like reading something which make me shock because I have just knew that there are many sexist workplaces around us. But in other hand, it just got quite boring for me.

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Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't want to use the word "abrasive" because I think it's the most sexist word in the English language, but I'll say it here--the advice here is too abrasive. I am older than the intended audience for the book so perhaps I am wrong here, but I think this is not sound advice. It's basically a book of come backs and call outs for all the crap sexist men say to women. And sometimes men need to be called out, but I think it's rare that being called out actually changes someone's behavior or the s ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a three star read for me at my stage of my career, but I can see giving this to people who are just starting out in their careers and it being a four star read for them. Bonus points for giving practical advice for dealing with different situations. Would have been great to have given a "Further Reading" list at the end for people to take a deeper look into some of the issues.
Bryony Nelson
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This was brill, hilarious and so insightful. It's full of SO many useful ideas for the workplace and life and will even help with self confidence and friendships. I really enjoyed reading this!
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t enjoyed that much this one, I don’t know if it was the way it was written or everything about it? The idea is nice but perhaps it would have worked better differently?
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is suffering from cisgenderism and I'm really sick of hearing vagina when you mean is woman. It also continues the sexist approach that attributes a behavior to a gender.

However, I found it also strengthening. I am a person who suffers from sexism at any place and I can pick up some strategies. It also contributes me to check myself e.g. my attitude towards women bosses and coworkers.

Lastly, I took inspiration to form my own feminist fight club from this book.
A quick and informative read that unfortunately employed an almost cutesy tongue-in-cheek tone that didn’t really work for me.

I think the real stories included were reassuring - other women have been in this situation, you are not alone! - and some of the tips were helpful - provided you work in a traditional white collar office job - and I appreciated Bennett’s clear effort make the book intersectional - lots of reminders that inequities are always worse for women of color, though none of the
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

I have severe mixed feelings about this book. The topic of sexism and inequality in the workplace is a serious one and should be talked about more. Awareness of a problem is one of the first steps to solving the problem.

Bennett touched on some symptoms of sexism in the workplace that I've dealt with personally. Some of the recommended strategies could be helpful, but others... not so much. I agree that women need to be better at standing up for themselves and learning to say no in cert
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this. There was some interesting research cited in this and I did enjoy the pictures and some of the humour however.....

The big problem with this was I felt that it was verging on 'man hating', which is an image I think feminists should ideally be trying to distance themselves from. It was a very 'us vs. them' mentality rather than a 'what we can all do to help'. The vagina puns also ground me down by the end, one or two would have been funny but, it was every other word
Rachel Lynn
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disappointed. I was so looking forward to reading this book for a womens' organization book club and am actually appalled by the content. This book pushed feminism back more than it moved it forward. Sure, there is good advice and excellent points throughout the book but you have to sift through jargon and mockery to elicit any useful information. Is this supposed to be a satire? Im confused. As helpful as the negotiation chapter was, the page devoted to getting "sports talk" out of the office a ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although there's nothing groundbreaking here, it's helpful and everybody should pick it up from time to time to put things in perspective and manage your life in office (and why not, life) better. Also it's written in good humor and non condescending tone, which is greatly appreciated.
I already recommended it to several friends who work in shitty offices and imo it would make a great gift for both young women entering work force or anybody who already works in a male-dominated field or industry
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I was hoping to love this book so so much. It has illustrations which I always love and the title is super catchy plus the author has super impressive credentials. Unfortunately it started a little slow and was crippled by white feminism. A lot of those situations only apply to the privileged and to be honest, it left me feeling a little sad. However the book totally picks up at the end. It somehow moves faster in the latter half.
I originally picked up this book because I thought it might be interesting or funny, and though there was a lot more language than I prefer, I really felt like this book opened my eyes to some behaviors and speech patterns I have that might be limiting me and armed me with tactics to be a better employee and a better version of myself.
Rachel C.
Lean In meets Cosmo. It's all sound bites, cutesy puns, little doodles. Might be a good starter book for your millennial mentee, but rest assured that you can skip this one if you’ve read the actual Lean In or anything else in this space.
Jessica Semler
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fluffier than I'm used to, but entertaining and a great source for continued reading. This would be a lot more applicable for women who work with primarily men, and I'm very lucky to have a very femme-centric work environment.
Jessica Thelander
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The mediocre score is mostly due to the format of the book. I learned about this book while reading some sort of article about women in the workplace, and the idea itself certainly intrigued me. I pre-ordered the paperback, which arrived a few weeks ago.

Summary: Jessica Bennett is a somewhat struggling journalist in her 30s (?), recounting the female bonds she formed in her Feminist Fight Club, where women would get together and talk about the struggles they faced in the workplace and what they
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is meant to be practicably useful: flip to a section, find the particular problem you are experiencing and read suggestions for how to combat the toxic masculinity and misogyny that surrounds you. What it is not however, after the first section, is a book that is likely meant to be read straight through. Which is what I attempted to do. While the world continued to burn down around us.

The book is full of all kinds of practical tips and explanations about how these scenarios pop up so
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
this was very much focused on cis women, and it was really into ‘pussy power’ which whatever, but y’know equating vaginas to womanhood is...not good
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Five stars! Research-driven (there are footnotes!) but accessible and makes jokes at the expense of men. Felt damn good to read.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it. Loved it. Have a bunch of awesome ladies I want to give it to.

Don't read it if you're looking for a classic or ground-breaking work of feminist literature, but do read it if you're like "Yeah, fuck, the patriarchy IS shitty, I DO want to smash it with my band of awesome lady-friends!"
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Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and author who writes on gender, sexuality and culture. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where she has covered sexual assault on campus, profiled female pot entrepreneurs, and was the first journalist to profile Monica Lewinsky in a decade. She also writes a column on digital language called Command Z.

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