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

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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
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Picador USA
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Nat
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
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Monica
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
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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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 a
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, read2018
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.
Amanda
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
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Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In one line - Nasty Women is a collection of essays covering a wide range of issues from racism to sexism and fascism to exclusionary liberalism in America.

But honestly this book is so much more! It's an eye-opening, aggravating, necessary read which gives many diverse perspectives on the socio-cultural & political climate of the country - both past and present.

Though consider this fair warning - Nasty Women is NOT an easy read. Mostly because it digs deep into many uncomfortable truths contempo
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Melissa
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.
Latiffany
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, racism, etc. There are a lot of emotions, ideas, suggestions, and ques ...more
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
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Patty
”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
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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
Sharon
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
Jackie
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
Katie
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is both infuriating and also so, so important. honestly i think this is the kind of book that will be read in 30/40/50 years time and people will ask “how did they let this happen?” and it’s also the question all of these women who contributed are asking themselves now.
Jennifer
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
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Peggy
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".
Donna Hines
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ladies and Gents, I think this is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the everyday injustices that happen today behind closed doors.
For anyone to think that it can't happen here in these United States think twice because I for one am proof it does and is happening.
Voices are being silenced for the mass who are in power and maintain control. The wealthy elite and top 1% are working to keep class division and separation.
We are no longer the World Leader to be respected and admired. We
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Anna
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
Victoria
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
Mindfully Evie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book compromising 23 leading feminist writers on protest and solidarity. This book explores what happens after 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94% 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 to move forward. While I am not American, this book is still deeply relevant and all ...more
Lauren Bourke
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins, own
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
Caitlin
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Miri
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.
Allison
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.
Beachesnbooks
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!
Robin
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, not because every essay is perfect, but because they are current, accessible, and absolutely frank, but also exhort readers to action and hope. Well worth reading.
Leah
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
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Valerie
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glad I'm not the only one who's still upset.
Johanna
One of the best essay collections I’ve ever read - powerful, insightful and brilliant. It’s too hard to pick favourites, so many amazing writers.

I’ll definitely re-read and I rarely re-read.
Sarah
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
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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.

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