After reading Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates I was super interested in reading more about what Laura Bates had to say, and when I saw that she had recently come out with a new book, Misogynation, I had to pick it up.
This was not an easy read for a number of reasons. Partly because so many of the excerpts made me so angry, partly because it’s so statistic-heavy and also because some of her ideas come across as covertly man-hating.
I am 99% sure Laura Bates isn’t stupid enough to hate the opposite sex since she is a feminist, however, one can surely read between the lines to see how many bad experiences she has had with the opposite sex. Feminism is equalism, and sometimes undertones of her personal experiences flatten her amazing points, it’s sort of hard to wholly agree with some of her statements because of the boiling anger underneath her brilliant research.
I can understand why she’s angry, though. For example:
‘When singer Kesha made an accusation of sexual abuse against a producer, American talk-show host Wendy Williams discussed the case on her show, saying: “if everybody complained because somebody allegedly sexually abused them … then contracts would be broken all the time.”
Just because it happens all the time does not make it okay, by that logic, surely poverty and bullying is okay?! It’s definitely not okay. The fact that this happened so recently shocks me. The fact that a woman disregards the fight for feminism for Kesha is so disappointing, despicable in fact.
In addition, it makes me so sad that people still see sex as gender when gender is a completely different thing. Gender is a social construct which allows people to identify as a feminine character, masculine character or anywhere in between, whereas sex defines your scientific biology – not your personality. People need to understand this. You’re not a ‘tom-boy’ as I was always called, you’re not ‘gay’, you’re simply whatever you want to be and it shouldn’t have to be labelled with regards to an assumed gender and therefore an assumed sexuality, this act of assumption is also known as Compulsory Heterosexuality.
In terms of actual content rather than me going on a feminist rant, I found that the book is a great compilation of all of her previous books. A lot of what I read from Everyday Sexism resurfaced in this book. Assuming that you’d read a number of Laura Bates’ previous books, I don’t think you necessarily need this new publication, since you will have already read most of the content of Misogynation. However, If you’re looking for an interesting perspective on feminism with some statistics, this is the book for you.