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Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them

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What does the F word mean to you? The must-read book for 2018. Follow @feminists on Instagram for updates.

A collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of their personal relationship with feminism, this book explores what it means to be a woman from every point of view.

Often funny, sometimes surprisi
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Lucy Langford
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”At a time when we are too often reminded of what divides us, there is common ground to be found when we share our stories.” - Emma Watson.

This is an inspirational and powerful book in the time of #MeToo and other movements and protests surrounding gender equality. This book comprises a plethora of actors, activists, journalists and others of "celebrity" status on what Feminism means to them.

These essays are incredibly personal and each one unique. Each examines what feminism means to tha
Fa Orozco
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Al ser tantos textos hubo algunos que me encantaron y otros que no me gustaron nada, pero en si el libro me parece interesante ojalá lo hubiera leído a los 18 años.

Es una introducción amable y digerible al feminismo, con voces cercanas y con mucha experiencia, no solo en el tema sino en la lucha diaria de ser mujer en un mundo de hombres.

A veces es repetitivo, así que recomiendo leerlo en cachos, con otras lecturas en medio. Además de ayudar en la repetición, resulta mucho más enriquecedor inves
Jo (That book-hoarding geek)
This book was truly motivational, and I feel like it has opened my eyes perhaps a little wider, to what feminism means to some rather amazing women. We all have our own definition of feminism, and exactly what it means to us. We all have different ways of acting on it, if one does at all. We all fight the patriarchy in our own individual ways.
This book contains thoughts, essays and poetry from some truly motivational and frankly, fucking amazing women. Many topics are covered here, such as sexis
This book needed half the essays, but at twice the length each. In its current form, it ends up as a collection of punchy but ultimately dissatisfying soundbites.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Who says feminists can't wear pink?!

What a wonderful way to kick off the new year, with a great book like this!

This book is a collection of personal essays written by a multitude of brave, clever, strong, passionate women. Some of them you might know before you start reading - like Kiera Knightly, Emma Watson and Kat Dennings - others you will want to know after reading their story! Each essay is a personal story of what feminism means to the individual woman.

These stories are wonderful because
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating this book is pretty tough because I realized pretty fast that I had made a mistake : I was not the public targeted for that collection of essays on feminism. The fact that adult women, older than me, were saying it was a brilliant book that everyone should read made me buy it. But it actually feels more like a book for teenagers, for very young women wanting to know more about that new word they just learned : feminism and not a book for a 30+ woman that has been a feminist since she was ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The proof is only around 60 pages so I finished it within an hour BUT in those 60 pages there is so much information on feminism and personal experiences that’s it’s easy to mistake it for a much larger book. I loved being able to see feminism through a variety of perspectives from a wide range of women - I’m currently trying to educate myself more on modern issues including feminism, racial bias etc and this was the perfect first step !
I feel like we have all at some point walked away from an important conversation because we felt overwhelmed by our lack of knowledge. “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink” is a safe haven. Honest, hilarious and open, a space for exploration.
Maritza Dubravac
Seriously, YES to everything in this wonderful feminist collection.
As pointed out in the introduction, Feminists Don't Wear Pink isn't an academic collection of feminist essays, but a collection of essays, thoughts, poetry, etc. on all kinds of topics by all kinds of badass women. It's about intersectionality, it covers the history of the waves of feminism (also pointing out the less beautiful aspects of the history of feminism, such as racism), it talks about periods, and about answering the m
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Rose  Heartfilia
There are many thoughts to be formed and things to be said when you want to open your mouth and just speak. However, sometimes those words don't come and in waves of anger or sadness only tears show up, which is something that can happen too when you laugh, laugh so hard you cry. Perhaps I did not laugh that hard this time around but it is not something to be forgotten. I am going to make the most honest and personal review I have ever done because I feel that is necessary and that it makes me p ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're starting to get yourself educated into feminism I think this would be a great starter for you. Also, I think I would absolutely recommend it for 12 year old in advance. It has some sexy bit on it, but let's be honest, 12 year olds nowadays are not going to learn anything that the did not know before. And I think it will provide them with quite a lot of knowledge that will come in more than handy for their teens. Unfortunately.

I do have to say introduction or young public, as someone w
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feminists must have read for their bookshelf.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The goal of the feminist movement...aims to give each person on this planet the freedom to live their life the way they want to live it, unhindered by sexism or oppression or aggression."

Some of my favourite contributions in this book include:

The Weaker Sex by Keira Knightly (so raw, so beautiful)
10 Ways to Support the Women in Your Life by Olivia Perez
The female Wank by Grace Campbell
Be a Fun Feminist by Nimco Ali
Dismantling and Destroying Internalised Misogyny: To-Do List by Dolly Alderton

I f
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the pre published version sent to read.

I liked the different women in the world has contributed to this book , coming together to squash the small minded views around feminism and also correct the misunderstanding . That we can wear pink ! The truth of the matter is to be a feminist doesn’t mean superiority for different rights for women - it is equality and on that basis both men and women alike should all be feminist in their view of ensuring equal pay etc . The feminist movement its
Tara Costello
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Although 'Feminists Don't Wear Pink' is more diverse than most of its kind, the book still falls a little short for me. It's still overwhelmingly heteronormative and focuses largely on cisgender women, but I guess it's more about the curator's connections and who she wanted to contribute. The language irked me at times too and it did genuinely feel like inclusivity was an afterthought stuck on at the end. For example, there is a line in an essay about periods which states in brackets "(though no ...more
Katrina Southern
This book has been on my radar since it was announced, but it really caught my attention after the recent Topshop controversy surrounding its sale there. I have to say that the decision made by a privileged, male CEO was ironic given the subject of the book but they missed out on a big opportunity here. Because this book is FANTASTIC and fully composed of everything that feminism should be. This feels like an extension of my original favourite feminist text - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'We Shoul ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd say it's more a 4.5. It was such an interesting read, I connected with so many stories and I felt suddenly less alone.
It gives you so much to think about, and inspires you to do something about it.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars (half star cuz I liked one of the pieces)

The standout is undoubtedly "Weaker Sex" by Keira Knightley. 4 stars if that was the only piece in the book.

The book just lacked cohesion. There was an attempt for some structure by the various phases in one's feminist journey: epiphany, anger, joy, action, education and a completely random and unnecessary "poetry break".

Each piece varied so much in length and depth. Was the brief simply to write anything at all related to feminism?

As much as
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really didn't want it to end! I learned so much about feminism history and current projects around the world, it was amazing and powerful. Now I really want to start a movement or something!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There are female voices out there carrying testimony you might not relate to. But they can provide you with a source of hope or fury that will translate into one thing. Energy. Use it."

I received a copy of this book from Random House.

This book was a compilation of essays, personal stories, advice, reading recommendations and general information about social issues and the history of feminism that everyone should know. I love the way that this book combined so many different aspects of feminis
Soesja Schelling
I really liked the way this book was set up and I think it’s an admirable project. The introduction was great and so were the short history on feminist theory, the suggestions for further reading and the conclusion and final words. But the meat of the book, the different ‘essays’ that it is made up of, fell a little short for me.

While there were some chapters I really enjoyed (I was really impressed with Keira Knightley’s and will happily devour anything Dolly Alderton writes), many were a litt
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After much soul searching, I've figured out why this kind of feminism sits uncomfortably with me. It is because I am a Liberal Feminist where the majority of the voices in this book that discuss feminism are doing so from a Radical Feminist perspective.

I'm not going to go into the differences here because a quick Google search will explain the core differences and there are resources explaining it a lot better than I ever could.

My feminism is pragmatic and individualistic. Some women will find
Dani Reads Things
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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BUY THIS BOOK FOR ALL YOUR GAL PALS, MOTHERS, SISTERS, AUNTIES, COUSINS, GRANDMOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, NIECES etc etc. 👏👏👏 heck, buy it for the dudes too. this book is a great read for the hardcore feminists and those just dipping their toes into the water. Instead of taking the “This is how to be a feminist” approach that is so common in feminist literature - feminists don’t wear pink is a collection of essays, notes and poems written by amazing women on what feminism means to them. As someone who h ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I want to say thank you.

I want to say thank you to my best friend who gave me this book as a New Year's present. Without you I wouldnt have found out about this book, and it wouldnt have inspired me the way it just has.

I want to say thank you to Scarlett Curtis for making this real to me and hundreds of people internationally. Without you I wouldnt want to join the movement, I wouldnt want to be myself more than ever. I feel my heart race as Im writing this this very moment and I am so proud to
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is intersectional, inclusive, positive, funny, informative, and so good!
It includes many women of colour, trans people, LGBTQ people and disabled people.
This is an AMAZING place to start if you want to know more about feminism!
But it's also very funny and gives you a boost of new energy if you've been on the bandwagon for a while now. It also gave me some new names and organisations to look up.
There are some 'essays' in here that are around 5 sentences. I think the authors of those
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read a book of collected essays like this. Usually I go through Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. So it took me a bit of time to get used to reading it, adjusting my thought process to each new essay and contemplating each one afterword.

After I got used to reading the book, I found real empowerment in each section. I was able to identify with each woman in different ways, through shared experiences or shared ideas. I loved that the book was about inclusivity, it's not about b
Laura Hughes
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feminism has always been a concept that I have been really unsure about. I never wanted to refer to myself as a feminist because I associated angry, hippy women that are protesting in rally’s and getting all up in arms about men, sharing things I don’t really agree with. I have never read a book about feminism, but something about this book intrigued me and I’m glad I read it.

“Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies” is a collection of writings from extraordinary women - from actresses and act
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect read for a new year. This is a collection of essays and other writing by women exploring feminism from often deeply personal perspectives. The collection is like a welcoming conversation with a varied group of women. Feminism means something different to each end every one of them and it's ok. In sharing their experiences they encourage the reader to discover what their version of feminism will be. The collection is inclusive and encouraging and self-aware that it is not an academic wo ...more
Claire Wellstood
Books like this are so important. They are not there to bully people into following their truth but to help young women and girls to find their own truth and from there their own path.

This book highlights that there is no right or wrong way to believe that all people are equal; that feminism doesn't have to mean abandoning femininity; and that each woman who chooses to be unashamedly who they are because it is WHO THEY ARE, and NOT because society told them it's who they should be, is helping t
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