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Fix the System, Not the Women

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It was hard to read the lists of everyday sexism the author and other women received and to realise that I was right along with them. For Laura Bates, it began with a heavy piece of gold jewellery that her mother found on the passenger seat of the family car. Ze verontschuldigde zich tegenover de jongere generatie, dat ondanks dat het zo leek het toen ook al niet oké was. If any woman has felt uncertain as to whether or not her feelings of being put second in society, undermined and isolated by society, then this book helps you to understand that your feelings are founded in bias towards men. Lo he sentido como un combustible en el alma porque según iba leyendo me iba enfadando, y/o activando (Como prefieras interpretarlo) He sentido frustración, enfado, ira, pena y empoderamiento con cada página que pasaba.

And judges ruling not guilty because the 13 year old “looked old for their age” and “looks sexually aggressive”. Black women are four times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, yet rarely see themselves represented in campaigns to reach out to expectant mothers. Laura talks about intersectional feminism, about how it’s not the women who should change but how all the problems are rooted in our systems on different levels. Bates begins her book with a list of times where she knows she was assaulted or a target of blatant sexism.It was brutally honest, not to mention sickening to read, but I was so glad I pushed through, because I felt like I needed to, and I feel that this book is equally important to men and women alike. Especially men who believe feminists hate men for no reason and society is equal and there's no point to feminism, because they've never seen or experienced the things feminists are complaining about - that's privilege.

Don't get me wrong, I was enraged for half of it and in tears for the rest, but I am grateful to have access to such information and would recommend it to everyone. You would think with all the time that has passed that things would have changed by now, society's perception and expectation of women should have changed, but still, here we are, still frustrated and tirelessly fighting to be heard.I read it with rage and anger at the injustices and inequalities, at how women are shamed and how they internalise this shame, and how they are held responsible for creating change rather than holding the systems and societal structures accountable for their oppression. This distracts us from the real problem: the failings and biases of a society that was not built for women.

In recent years, books such as Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and White Fragility have been bought in huge numbers by white people. Though perhaps not as hard-hitting as 'Men Who Hate Women' Bates' new book is further proof of the prevailing misogyny of Western society.

i don’t think men know or understand how imbedded it is, i genuinely believe they would be shocked and assume it was all hysteria when really this is still sugar coated in a palatable way for them. Nadie quiere leer de cifras de vi0lencia, misoginia y abus0s, pero yo sentí esa necesidad de aprender más.

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