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En Garde

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In the era of wolf-whistle politics, women are sick of being degraded.

When Sarah Hanson-Young called out the abuse she received from male parliamentarians as slut-shaming, she sparked a national conversation about the rampant sexism in politics. Placing the responsibility on women to defend themselves is the same cheap trick as asking, why didn’t she just fight back? Aft
Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published September 30th 2018 by Melbourne University Press Digital
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Stef Rozitis
This is an important and essential book and like all in this series it is about the length and style of an extended magazine article. It is a very easy read and what Sarah has wisely done (I use first names when I have met the author multiple times) is divided it further into short, sharp chapters.

Sarah is good at communicating and this is structured and expressed very clearly.

My only gripe was a sort of liberal-feminist lack of nuance, all women were portrayed as having broadly the same interes
Maha Abed
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Truly disgusting what Hanson-Young and other women in the Australian parliament have had to endure. Not surprising, but sickening nevertheless. Worthwhile to read for the details that don’t make it to the headlines easily and drift under the radar for scrutiny by the public. Ultimately, I wholeheartedly concur with Hanson-Young’s main contention - if women don’t continue to relentlessly call out sexism and slut-shaming when it happens, nothing will change. We all need to admit that it is a probl ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, memoir
Hahahaha, I had to laugh out loud when I picked my hold up from the library to discover the most wee adult book I’ve ever read.

Let the giggles subside for a serving of truth and politics, and a call to arms for Australian women to get into the House.

Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Food for thought and discussion.
Quick easy read documenting SHY's experience of sexism in Australian politics, that echoes much of what happens in Australian society.
Nicole Maree Foster
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah writes this essay after she stood up in The Senate exposing the workplace bullying she has been subjected to during the past decade. She exposes the bullying, harassment and abuse that’s not only been thrown her way but also the direction of other female politicians, often instigated by the older white males of the parliament. Insults are hurled across the chamber and the corridors of Parliment House in the form of personal attacks such as slut and body shaming and through the questioning ...more
"What is clear is that as more women stand up and call [aggression] out, our collective courage grows. It puts the men behaving badly on notice, but more importantly, it sends a message to the rest of the community that women and girls do have a right to be heard and respected, wherever they are."

Hanson-Young's take on the 'boys club' of Australian politics, and the blatant sexism and disrespect that takes place is moving and eye-opening. As someone beginning a study and career in politics and a
Toni Kely-Brown
At 52 pages I read this in one sitting. I admire Hanson-Young for writing this and calling out the terrible sexist, bullying and discriminatory behaviour she has been subjected to as a woman that is not acceptable in any workplace in Australia legislatively but seems to be acceptable in parliament! I would encourage men and women to read this to understand and call out sexism when it happens. We need more women in politics, especially women like Sarah Hanson-Young.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism-read
Sarah Hansen-Young is one of my favourite politicians still currently in government. I love her Brave attitude and how she holds abusive men in parliament capable. With her in government she is going to make it easier for other women to enter parliament and to stay in parliament.
Hadi Ali
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every woman and men in Australia should read it.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great at looking into the real struggles that women face (particularly in politics). Sarah is brave for speaking out about her own experiences.
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
Sarah has detailed her experience of sexist comments and behaviour towards her in parliament and how it has gotten worse in the rise of right wing populism, particularly one- time One Nation senator of less than 20 votes, Fraser Anning. However, it is not about these individuals but how it has become normalised to the point of lacking scrutiny by hiding behind a logical contradiction where any action is to be derided.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well worth a read. Very fast and important.
Ellie Simpson
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young turned the Australian political scene on its head when she was elected as the youngest woman to ever sit in federal parliament, at just 25 years old. She sparked a much-needed conversation about the sexist abuse she received from male parliamentarians, and her short memoir tells an empowering story of defending yourself, fighting back and standing up for what is right. An intriguing quick read, En Garde opens your eyes to what happens behind closed doors of our governm ...more
Sean Harding
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, yet very powerful and whilst some may find it confronting, it is never demeaning, always engaging, and very inspirational as well as challenging. Hanson-Young rightly calls out the troglodytes of society, and in particular the parliament and the media for rampant sexism and abuse of women and their positions.
A beautifully written piece, this senator, has much to say, and she does it well. I do not agree with all of her political views (I don't know anyone I agree with 100%) but I find he
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