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Fight Like A Girl

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,311 ratings  ·  651 reviews
Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers.

'With wit, insight and glorious, righteous rage, Clementine Ford lays out all the ways in which girls and women are hurt and held back, and unapologetically demands that the world do better. A passionate and urgently needed call to arms, Fight L
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 28th 2016)
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Renelle Hi Isabella,
I just finished the book and yes she does acknowledge intersectional feminism during the book. It’s not an in-depth analysis of it, but sh…more
Hi Isabella,
I just finished the book and yes she does acknowledge intersectional feminism during the book. It’s not an in-depth analysis of it, but she does mention it a few times throughout the book.
Hope this helps!
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DNF @ pg 173 (55%)

(WARNING: The following review contains swearing.)


There is enough hate in the world without sitting through another 150 pages of this bitter, sarcastic tirade.

She raises some solid, important points, but it's so thickly buried in sarcasm and vulgarity and anger that I just can't deal with it.

Which is REALLY DISAPPOINTING because what she's trying to say IS FKING IMPORTANT but she's so busy ranting about how the amount of trouble men have caused for her has ope
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Fight Like a Girl’ is debut non-fiction from feminist and DailyLife columnist, Clementine Ford.

Full disclosure: I have no objectivity where Clementine Ford is concerned. It’s not just that she’s represented by the literary agency I now work for, that I’ve written for the same DailyLife where Clementine is a columnist, or was lucky enough to chair a session with her and Amy Gray at Melbourne Writers Festival this year … it’s that I’ve been reading Clementine Ford’s work for about five years now
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Never did I realise I held so much rage against the devaluement of women until reading Fight Like A Girl. Never have I felt so empowered. So inspired. So alive. Fight Like A Girl awakens the Feminist within, providing a sense of togetherness against a world that often devalues, demoralises and silences women who find their voice. A voice that values women, inspires women and tells us we're worthy and we deserve. Feminism is not a dirty word. It's a call to arms.
We aren't delicate little flowers
Tania R
Nov 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nope, nope, nope! I know I am going against the trend here but I could not finish this book. Ford's rants really was a full on assault to all of my senses. She wanted so desperately to let us know she couldn't care less what men thought about her but unfortunately it looks like that very view has influenced every single part of her. Being a feminist myself I could find nothing new, inspiring or positive to take from this book. All I could tell was that she was very, very, very angry. It was a di ...more
If you don't like angry women encouraging other women to become angry about the myriad of ways in which women are constantly degraded and controlled and put down by men and society in general, probably don't read this book.

If you're a woman who thinks feminism is a dirty word and that you're not in favour of feminism, because you'd rather have equality? READ THIS BOOK OH MY GOD.

- Clementine Ford doesn't pull her punches
- She discusses her own personal life experiences very frankly
This review contains opinions (I'm sure some will be unpopular), some profanity etc. Generalisations will occur.
Oh, by all means, #NotAllMen (insert eye rolling emoji).
The what-about-ists need not comment.

Women are scared they'll be killed, men are scared they'll be laughed at.

It's incredibly liberating reaching my mid-forties and realising how little I care about people's opinions of me. Men's opinions matter even less. I'm heterosexual - I know, quite the tragedy, as I like to joke to mos
Ruby Bisson
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was like an extended FB rant. I agree with almost all of the messages, but disagree with the delivery.
Jayne Lamb
I *have* to preface my review with my 'real life' encounter with Ford as an author. A couple of times I had to throw this book across the room when she wrote sarcastically about 'Good Guys' who are really just as misogynist as MRAs. To put it in perspective, a mutual aquaintance of ours (a man) once sexually harassed me in our shared workplace. It was minor, it was a one off, and I don't hold a grudge about it: but, when I brought up a related issue in her Facebook page post about 'Brocialists' ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
A rant-like overview of well-known feminist issues from a Gen Y perspective, Fight Like a Girl is proudly filled with fervour, anger, irreverence and profanity, but it is also painfully limited in its privileged perspective.

Author Clementine Ford is a young, white, middle-class, non-disabled, cisgender woman who is attracted to men, so it should be no surprise that her book comes across as being written exclusively for young, white, middle-class, non-disabled, cisgender, heterosexual women. I d
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction

'Fight Like A Girl' should be required reading for all the girls.

This is written for us.
Giselle A Nguyen
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager. Those who are well versed in feminism are unlikely to learn anything new, but the arguments are neatly summarised here in punchy, confident essays. Some are longer than they should be and it does get repetitive at times, but Clem knows what she's doing and what she's talking about, so as a manifesto it's very strong. I also like that she's dipped back into the personal style of writing she started out with before getting more famous through her ...more
Amal Bedhyefi
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fight Like a girl is exactly the kind of books that you want to start with in your quest for Feminist Books . It's Feminism 101 par excellence and precisely the sort of books that I have been wanting to read for a long time .
Throughout reading this , Clementine Ford has managed to convey my thoughts into words in a powerful , unapologetic and satirical way .
From body-shaming to abortion to "man-hating" to rape culture to mental health , nothing is off-limits in Clementine’s book and nothing is
Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Rating: 4.5 stars

I think this is a book everyone should read. It doesn't shy away from some hard truths, it can be uncomfortable and confronting, it will challenge the way you think in many ways.
Kate Walton
3.5, but on the lower side, hence my official rating of 3 on Goodreads.

I'm conflicted about this book. Some chapters are fantastic, such as those on online abuse and the right to be angry. Some are less so, and flounder in what they aim to do.

My overall problems with this book are two-fold: Firstly, it is relentless in its use of sarcasm and over-exaggeration, which gets tiring quick, even for a fan of Ford's writing. This style works well for short, snappy pieces online or in the newspaper, but
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
C. Ford seems to be a very angry young woman. So she uses annoyingly poor and bad language in her book. "My crutches have always been alcohol, Valium and cigarettes. " The books I usually read don't have so many "fuck, slut, cunt, whore, bitch..." Don't think that such foul language is necessary for attracting reader's attention. Neither having such vocabulary means being "a feminist"!?
The book is now in recycling garbage bin and I am really upset with myself cos I bought it 2 weeks ago. For wha
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Fight Like A Girl is an uncomfortable read, but also an important one that challenges your beliefs and everything you've ever been taught by your parent and by society. When it's ensuring your voice as a female is heard, respected, fought to have an equal place in society, it's so important to read and be told these things.

From negative body image, to slut shaming, abortions, female pleasure, mental health and rape culture, Clementine Ford broa
Jaclyn Crupi
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am beyond thrilled that the next generation of girls will have this as their feminist manifesto. It will be for them what DIY Feminism and The F Word were for me. Ford is concise, precise and illuminating with her words. She constructs strong arguments and engages deeply. A lot in this book I already knew but it never hurts to hear it again to ensure the rage is maintained. But her argument about the White Ribbon Foundation was completely eye-opening and revelatory. If you're not angry, you're ...more
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017

There certainly are topics in this book to think about. Clementine Ford makes some good points but overall I thought it was a bit over the top and a little exhausting and demanding. A few pages in had me already thinking this woman holds a grudge not just against men but the world. Such an angry and bitter young woman. Is it really going to achieve anything by ranting and raving constantly about men? This book opened my eyes and I'm sure I have a better understanding of feminism but I certainly
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clementine Ford has written an impassioned manifesto for today's feminists. This book is angry, funny, sarcastic, sad, and personal. It covers topics from fatness, body image and eating disorders, to sexual assault and domestic violence, to masturbation to abortion. I identified with lots of the stories Ford shares, both small anecdotes about life as a "human-being woman person" and trajectories of identifying as a feminist and activist. Fight Like a Girl is a great companion to some of the othe ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
It’s hard for me to separate my thoughts about this book from my love for Clementine Ford, but I think 3 stars is fair. In some ways I loved it, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but I’m conscious that I don’t think it really taught introduced me to anything new (beyond more about the author herself). It also veered a bit too close to an online rant in some parts, which clanged a bit.

Fight Like a Girl is an eminently readable, if kind of disjointed and simplistic book – it’s part memoir, part
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The ideas behind this book were very good. But I found Ford's writing style stopped them from getting across
My biggest grievance with Fight Like A Girl is the writing. It's a lot of waffle and the main points get lost in a sea of words. A lot of the chapters could be spilt to focus on the specific ideas - which would make it much more coherent.
There were so many good quotes that really moved me which unfortunately got lost in the repetition and crazy writing style

However this quote stood out
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Got a teenage daughter? Go out and buy her this book now. While you're at it buy one for yourself and everyone you know. Even better, give a copy of this book to every teenage boy you know.

I don't even know where to begin with this, I've followed Clementine Ford on social media for awhile now. In awe of a women who is so unashamedly herself and ready to call out discrimination and assume space and not be afraid of offending men. Her book is a more expanded view of what you might glean from her
Rebecca Moore
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me begin by saying I adore Clem Ford. I am constantly amazed at how eloquently she sticks up for me and all women despite the unfathomable level of abuse she endures. I have found being a feminist to be seriously depressing at times. I have avoided getting into conversations with men who I know will bully me or talk over me or tell me I can't take a joke. I used to fight back, but honestly it's just gotten too tiring.

So, I read this book, and I read Clem's anger, and I thought 'yeah, but no
Meredith Walker
Dec 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate-them
Don’t believe the hype, I say. Clementine Ford’s “Fight Like a Girl” may promote itself as a book to ‘raise voices, raise courage and raise the flag’, but it’s really just a bit of a rant about how part of fighting like a girl is owning your own choices and decisions. The book aims to debunk the idea of feminism being a tired old movement filled with irrelevant ideas, which it does, but in a roundabout, verbose way. It has been done before and way better (think “The Female Eunuch” which at least ...more
John James
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must admit, I've never been a fan of Clementine Ford's Daily Life column. Like much of modern opinion writing, I feel like she was simply explaining the bleedin' obvious and I didn't always see the point to her daily rants. But I also recognised that she's an important voice in the feminist community, so I thought it was important to read Fight Like A Girl.

Again, I struggled through the first two-thirds of the book. And again, I felt like she was repeatedly explaining things to me that I alrea
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminist
LOVED some sections, particularly those that discussed rape culture and the Australian medias constant mistreatment of women. It was all incredibly interesting but I also felt as though she put a lot of things into words that I had always noticed but had trouble articulating.

One criticism I have is that there were a few times where the writing because a little too... I guess flowery (?) for my taste. It wasn't a big problem but I feel like chapters such as 'It's okay to be angry' would've benefi
This book was mostly one, big Facebook rant. There were a lot of incomplete sentences. There were also quite a few too-long sentences that needed punctuation. This style of writing is suitable for a social media rant, but I found it grating to read an entire book written in this way. There was also a lack of structure within both the paragraphs and chapters. This added to the bloated feeling of the book. I think, as "a manifesto", it could have been tighter and less repetitive.

I would say this b
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the feminist manifesto for the next generation, the book every young woman needs. Fight Like a Girl is raw, unapologetic and powerful and Ford's expression of feminism has a lot to teach us all. The biggest lesson I took from this, is to be unapologetic about your feminism, and about the way you express it. Feminism isn't about making people feel comfortable. Yes, Ford isn't particularly academically informed; but this aligns with her message- feminism is for everyone. It shouldn't just ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an important book - never have I been so compelled to force everyone I've ever met to read something.

At times it made me want to scream and throw it across the room, for no reason other than because what Clementine talks about is so raw and real and so fucking enraging. I can only hope that anyone who reads this book is as moved and fired up as I am.
Michael Livingston
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
An angry, funny and engaging call to arms - there's not much new here if you've kept up with Ford's columns and social media posts, but it's an effective compendium for newcomers and a powerful manifesto for change.
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Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She writes on feminism, pop culture and social issues.

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