Today’s review is on another non-fiction title! It’s Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett.
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Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.
It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and, if Ellen Pao is any indication, harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.
Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, infographics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, as well as fascinating historical research and a kit for “How to Start Your Own Club,” Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague today’s women—as well as the system that perpetuates them.
- Actually helpful information
- Entertaining for more experienced people and other who may be starting their profissional life, like myself
- Cute doodles, quizzes and other schemes
- Too all the same format makes reading in one sitting boring
- Assumes women are just people with vaginas
Although the problem-solution format that’s repeated throughout 80% of the book, the information and advice provided are in fact very helpful. Maybe this will work more pleasantly as a consulting book, which you will check whenever you need a solution or help with some topic. Still, very important read for young women or even older!
If you’re read this one a go, or are a fan of what brought me to the book, the facebook page, please let me know!
See you guys soon,