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Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,233 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Twenty-Three Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and Solidarity

When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump's America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do t
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Picador USA
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feminist collections are truly not letting me down this month. With The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont and now this empowering book, I’m pretty much settled for the year. Speaking of which, I began 2017 with Nasty Women by 404 Ink, and with the end in sight, I finished it with another Nasty Women.

But whereas 404 Ink's Nasty Women is a call-to-action for feminists to share their experiences and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century, Samhita Mukhopadhyay's coll
This collection represents the views of many women in America today. The underlying theme here is one very hard to understand fact: 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. Women as group (including white women who did not vote for Trump), are having a really hard time absorbing this. It begs the question, is there a feminist movement when a large part of the constituency seems to be working at crossed purposes? The statistic blatantly outs a large segment of America identifying first and fore ...more
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The last presidential election made me very upset. Like many Americans, I asked myself, "How did this man get elected?" But also, "Why were so many people willing to overlook all the terrible things he said? Why did 53% of women vote for him, despite the remarks he made about women of all kinds?" And, most terrifyingly of all: "How did we become so willing to turn a blind eye to, or, worse, actively participate in or encourage acts of aggre
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2018, essays
A bit of preaching to the choir, but I wanted to get hyped up to vote, so this was a good read for that.

Look. 53% of white women voters voted for Trump, while 94% black women voters voted for Clinton. So that comes up a bunch here from multiple perspectives. Also examined is the history of white feminism, the need for intersectionality, and the belief that feminism only works if it raises everybody up.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start by saying that I actually read this. I can't believe I have to put that, but based on most of the star ratings, with no written reviews, on a book that isn't out until next week, it is clear that many have not. Ironic considering the point of the essays in this book. (And yes, I do believe that 5 star reviews by people who don't read the book are also an issue. I hate when people do that just because they "love" the author or topic.)

This book is phenomenal. As with most essay
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you read one essay from this book, read Mary Kathryn Nagle’s “Nasty Native Women” - that is a history lesson and a sermon in one.

And once you’ve read that, read the rest of the book. The contributors are diverse, the subjects and responses are diverse, and the ideas for what to do next are myriad.
Tonstant Weader
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nasty Women is a collection of 23 essays responding to the Great Betrayal that was the 2016 election. Edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, this collection unites the voices of women with all kinds of identities in contemplation of the world we woke up to on November 9th.

For some reason, the media is far more interested in the belligerent whining of white men and white women whose feelings were hurt by black hands on the steering wheel of state and who were damn sure they didn’t want
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Samantha Irby is a contributor to Nasty Women and she is one of my favorite writers. When she promoted this book on social media I immediately purchased it. For such a short book, this was a tough read. I read this book directly after reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton and that was a terrible idea. I felt overwhelmed with information about Donald Trump, his family, his base, his reluctant allies, white women, inclusion, transexuals, racism, etc. There are a lot of emotions, ideas, suggesti ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of essays managed to wring just about every emotion out of me while I read it. Anger misery, and despair at the election results; disbelief at how Americans treat each other; etc. And yet the last essay All American by Nicole Chung made me feel that I should tackle again that issue of politics about white people across political divides. As an Asian-American, she sends e-mail missives to her white family regarding her thoughts on politics (a kind of no-no in some white families - ...more
”As it turned out, nearly everything strange and disquieting about Trump – his punitive response to even mile criticism, his viscerally personal insults disguised as ‘jokes,’ his willingness to spread wild rumors about his targets in order to discredit or shame them, his inability to stop lashing out or degrading certain women years after they’d left his life – was also a commonly reported behavior of domestic abusers.” Sady Doyle, “The Pathology of Donald Trump”

All of these essays are excellent
Ginny Beck
Like any essay collection, this one was a mixed bag. I actually almost put it down when the first few essays in a row were focused almost exclusively on white women processing their emotions about Hillary Clinton losing the election (with Bernie Sanders bashing thrown in? Like, why?) but as the collection went on and we got to hear from more diverse voices focused on exploring issues, critiquing the feminist movement, and offering specific calls to action, the book really strengthens. My favorit ...more
I feel like I've been waiting for this book since the election. It is so, so cathartic to witness the rage and grief of other women over our current administration. Especially appreciated the attention paid to soliciting contributions beyond the usual roster of white, cishet, able-bodied women -- this was a truly intersectional collection with a wide range of viewpoints and suggestions for how to move forward, with the overall message that what is important is that we do, all of us, find a way f ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this anthology at the library and went into it with very specific expectations. First, I expected a spectrum of feminist thought I could glean from. Second, as a minority woman who was also deeply affected by November 6th, I was hoping this book would provide me with a sense of solidarity, catharsis, and closure. Third, I expected well-reasoned and thoughtful rationale -- one meant to address the wider audience and garner support for the movement.

I'll be honest -- the initial essays
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leading up to the election I was a bit nervous that people weren't taking Trump seriously enough. The main thought process was that reason will prevail overall so there was no need to worry. The thing is, having friends in the UK who told me that they and their friends felt similarly about the Brexit vote made me intensely fearful. We know what happened there. I obviously had that shred of hope as well despite my fears that reason would indeed prevail. And then of course the results came in slow ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an unfocused, uneven collection of essays, loosely organized around women sharing their experiences—their fears, their disappointments, their sadnesses—under Trump’s presidency. Some of the essays really conveyed that experience; I found these to be revelatory, thought-provoking, and often challenging. Nichole Chung’s “All-American” was the standout essay for me, conveying the complexity of her experience and the various tensions she feels in her different roles in relation to others. H ...more
What an exceptional collection of essays! They were all so captivating, SO well written (I’m not surprised), so full of emotion and truth and power. I don’t live in the States but even so, I connected to the dire state of affairs in that nation because Canada shares some similar problems. This is a must read, if only to prove that women/feminists have always been and will continue to be the best chance we have at a better world for everyone.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this is the first time I’ve read one of these essay collections and thought that ALL of the essays were well-written and important. Usually it’s much more of a mixed bag, so that was cool.

That said, I don’t recommend reading it all in a day like I did, since each essay is about Trump at least partially and that’s exhausting.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
everyone I know is getting a copy of this. This makes sense of everything I've been feeling and taught me more about the state of our intersectional Feminist moment than I could have imagined. required reading.
Lauren Bourke
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
A great read for anyone disillusioned by the current state of American politics, specifically by who occupies the White House. The essays bring all points of the feminist movement into view, not just the needs of the white/cisgendered population, which is important as the future of our country depends on the equal inclusion of all those who have a stake in this country. The essays allow you to commiserate with like minded individuals also traumatized by the outcome of the election, but then quic ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read every essay from this book. I read several to my boyfriend. While each essay didn't strike a chord for me, many did. I think this is an important read for all women living in the US today. See this as your call to action. If you are conservative, see this as a book that teaches you about the other women in your life. Read it out loud to your boyfriend/girlfriend. Tweet your representatives about your opinions (I did this yesterday for the first time!). I will be purchasing a copy for my s ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read so far this year. The diversity of each author's essay and perspective is thought provoking. I think this book of essays would make a perfect book club selection for discussion. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite essay but 2 that I especially loved were "As long as it's Healthy" and "All-American".
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. I learned so much and was so inspired by the diverse voices in this collection. It discusses intersectional feminism and different womens' reactions to the 2016 election, the first few months of Trump's presidency, and how to resist. Highly, highly recommend!
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"There is something to be said for opening your eyes to the world as it is, and not as we want it to be."

On 11/9/2016, that we're NOT living in a post-racial America was a sobering realization (for mostly white women I suspect).

Most powerful were the essays in which it was pointed out -- hey, white women, you may think Trump is the worst thing that's happened to America, but we're here to tell you, it's been horrible from the minute white men decided to take what wasn't theirs. And it's been hap
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: abortion
I have a mixed review to give this book. Some of the authors were very simplistic in the way they analyzed Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election. One writer said, “when…people said that Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate, what they were really saying was that Hillary was woman”, no – they were saying she was a flawed candidate. Hillary didn’t lose because she was a woman, she lost because she was problematic for a number of reasons. These feminists’ insistence that she lost only becaus ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up originally for the recognized contributors (Rebecca Solnit, Samantha Irby, and Alicia Garza) to this collection of essays, but was overwhelming impressed with most with of the essayists of this collection. The essays are all largely inspired in some way by the 2016 election and all have different points of interest (transgender rights, mental health issues, the working class, racism, etc.), but the underlying point of the entirety of this collection is that all these issues have ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a long book, but it took me a long time to read because the outcome of the 2016 Election is difficult to process. These essays showcase so many emotions: anger, sadness, hopelessness, and most importantly, resilience.

The women who make up this book are diverse, thoughtful, and incredibly smart. I found myself pausing after each essay, turning their arguments over and over. Many of them I agreed with, some I didn't, but I always wanted to ask them questions. My only criticism is that
Dusty Roether
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, feminisms
What an amazing collection of essays! It took me a year and a half after the election to get around to reading anything addressing the election. I was just too shocked and upset to challenge myself with it. But I read this collection at the right time.

My favorite essay, without a doubt, was “As Long As It’s Healthy” by Sarah Michael Hollenbeck. In particular, this really resonated with me as a deaf blind person:

“In my experience of disability, the people closest to me have always expressed thei
*4.5 stars*

A great collection of essays with a lot of different and diverse voices.
Every essay applies a different critical view on the current presidency and, more importantly, on the current North American feminist movement and its need for improvement. It focuses on highly relevant, dividing issues and problems within the movement while also offering reasonable solutions on how to overcome these struggles that we are faced with.
Naturally, not every essay was equally well researched or written
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book offers a wide range of perspectives—all feminist, all left-of-center—on issues raised for feminist women, people of color, LGBTQ folk, immigrants, poor people, Muslims by the Trump presidency. What are effective ways to resist? How do those wanting to resist form alliances with those who differ from us? Who should be speaking? Who should be listening? Any feminist reading this will find voices to agree with and voices that will challenge their positions and ideas. While some essays are ...more
Nekolina Lau
I am not one to typically read essay anthologies and picked this one up to fulfill the requirement for the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

I have a love hate relationship with this book. At many point reading this compilation of essays it felt like a chore and I had to push myself to continue reading. Then there were other essays that I devoured and the messages resonated with me and my values so fully.

The last essay, “All American” by Nicole Chung, in particular had me in tears by the en
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Samhita Mukhopadhyay is an American writer and the executive editor of Teen Vogue. She writes about feminism, culture, race, politics, and dating. She is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life and the co-editor of the anthology, Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America.
“Systemic racism isn’t something you can opt out of; it’s only something you can consciously resist.” 2 likes
“What does a woman running for president have to do to be likable?

Not run for president.”
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