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The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they've been trained to avoid.

Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, feminist activist Mona Eltahawy advocates a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching women and girls to harness their power through what she calls
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Beacon Press
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I realized I'd fallen into the trap of only reading feminist books written by feminists who were white, and since realizing that oversight, I've really tried to expand my views and read books of feminism written by women of color. This is my second feminist book written by a woman who is Muslim (Sohaila Abdulali was the first), although it is the first I've read from an Egyptian author, and I think the way she talks about her culture and religion bring a unique and much-needed
Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
If the petulant one-star reviews from men who couldn't possibly have even seen this book yet are any indication, I can't wait to read this. :)
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mona Eltahawy was born to an Egyptian Muslim family, and previously tackled misogyny in the Muslim world in Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. In this book, she takes more of a global view, and writes a manifesto for all women and girls (including trans women and nonbinary people) for taking down the patriarchy. She identifies seven "sins" that need to be committed to dismantle power structures - anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence, and lust. She inclu ...more
Best summarized in the excerpt "This book is not the place where you will hear the reasonable argument that patriarchy is bad for men and boys too. It is indeed. There are plenty of other books that make that argument and urge men that it is in their own interest to join forces with women to dismantle patriarchy. I refuse to focus on and will not plead with those who benefit from my oppression to join a fight against a centuries-long systemic oppression that not only hurts women and girls and al ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think any decent man would agree that sexual harassment and inequality towards women and girls is wrong. This book is a slap in the face to equality, and it's so caustic, spiteful and reaching for a fight that I'm not even sure I would personally consider it "feminism" in any true sense of the word. This book does make some good points which need to be talked about and addressed, especially regarding the way we view modern feminism and women in the world, and that's very important. Unfortunate ...more
Tonstant Weader
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is an exciting manifesto to advance women’s freedom worldwide. Mona Eltahawy enumerates seven qualities necessary to their liberation, qualities considered the provenance of men and discouraged in women. That’s why she calls them sins. Women who exhibit these qualities are attacked and defamed. Not she says they are for women, not of women. Her argument is these qualities are required to free ourselves from patriarchy.

The sins are anger, a
Dexter Lawson
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hateful, divisive trash.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
some chapters fit their titles thematically better than others, while others seemed to cram a lot of not-quite-related topics together (such as "Lust" being both about claiming sexual bodily autonomy and also queer or gender non-conforming identities which are not necessarily related to sex at all) but I don't know how much of that was just wanting to stick with the 'seven necessary sins' framing of the whole book versus the writing being a little sloppy. i do think that Eltahaway's writing has ...more
Mary Anne
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book recommendation is not for everyone. This is for the women who, as Erin Keane tweeted last year, has the feeling that ""Every woman I know has been storing anger for years in her body and it's starting to feel like bees are going to pour out of all of our mouths at the same time."" I'm not yet done with the book Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Elthaway, but I feel like some of you also need this book. If your skin is quietly buzzing with righteous anger, Mona is speakin ...more
Lili Kim
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much truth, I shared it with my class! Because this is what we need to be teaching.

Notable lines:

“…I own my body. Nobody else owns it: not the state, the street, or the home, not the church, mosque, or temple.”

“What if we nurtured and encouraged the expression of anger in girls the same way we encourage reading skills: as necessary for their navigation of the world? What if we believed that, just as reading and writing help a girl to understand the world ar
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction, library
Get mad about the patriarchy and read this book; read this book and get mad about the patriarchy.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
An actual must read. The feminismprint.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be radical. Eltahawy talks about the power of women - volcanoes full of rage and power - and how women can begin to escape the patriarchy. She shares her own experiences and talks about how women can stop being nice and start being ourselves.

There is some repetition in her anecdotes, but this is a great read about women not nee
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains content relating to sexual violence.

To be honest, when I first received this book from a goodreads giveaway, I was unsure of whether I would like it at all or bother to finish it. Upon finishing the introduction, I was sold on the necessity to complete the book. This is a must read for all people.

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is a powerful manifesto and call to action. Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American woman who was sexually
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, edelweiss
A powerful book, full of food for thought and a call to action.
I think it's a must read for contemporary women.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Muhemed Masika
Jul 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
What sins have you done my child?
Read a holy book instead
You don't have to touch yourself
Save a hole
Tangled in Text
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one passionate as hell rant. It attacked anything and anyone in her way. If you don't agree with her definition of feminism then beware. She took down politicians, governments, and really anyone who didn't think exactly as she did with no filter or empathy. She many times called out women who stay silent and it was hard to not be offended from her lack of empathy cutting other women down if they didn't live up to her standards. Not everyone can handle confronting what has happened to the ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was a good read. I will praise that this book is an easy read. I found that Eltahawy explains herself and the topics very well. Everything that she explains is clear and to the point. While I enjoyed reading about her experiences and how that and other instances inspired her to become more vocal and in turn try and do the same with others with her writing. I think this book would be best suited for someone to read as an introduction to feminism (or atleast this new wave of feminism)

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Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish, essay
This book may be a good introduction to feminist arguments for a young teen, but will leave adult women saying "Duh" over and over again. Her points are presented in a strange and non-linear order, with a lot of repetition. She asks the reader to be surprised at common misogynistic actions. As a reader, I am sympathetic but not surprised and her insistence that I be surprised is confusing and off-putting.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just read it.
Thomas Ray
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as no
Shelves: at-library, at-pinney
Advocates all of Pope Gregory I's deadly sins except gluttony & sloth.
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Sep 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Articulated a thought I've had about violence and who is sanctioned to use it.
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Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American journalist based in New York. She is a feminist.
“What would the world look like if girls were taught they were volcanoes, whose erruptions were a thing of beauty, a power to behold, a force not to be trifled with?” 0 likes
“ is imperative to understand how civility, decorum, manners and the like are used to uphold authority...and that we are urged to acqquiesce as a form of maintaining that authority. Whether we are urged to be civil to racists or polite to patriarchy, the goal is the same: to maintain the power of the racist, to maintain the power of the patriarchy.” 0 likes
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