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Fix the System, Not the Women

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Woefully I think it’ll be many men in our lives we love who won’t want to accept this book’s message because it holds a very painful mirror up to their own entrenched learned behaviour. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. 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.

And men not getting convicted because “they were stressed about their job, so it’s understandable that they took up skirt pictures of women on the bus”. When people suggest measures that constrain all women’s lives, these are hailed as ‘just common sense’. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today. Thank you Laura Bates for writing such an important book and for advocating for those of us who had not yet been able to, or might never, find the right words. If you are looking for solutions, or a magic bullet, it’s not really going to satiate that need… but at the same time you know what you should do (stand up for yourself and other women - keep pushing for improvements - and encourage people to seek help and come forward).Zwaar omdat het herkenbaar is, omdat je het eigenlijk al wel weet en nu opeens alles bij elkaar wordt voorgeschoteld.

This is essential reading for absolutely everyone, it made my stomach turn and made me incredibly sad. It's about the need to equal -up the opportunities and behaviours deeply ingrained in our culture, and other cultures, that do not consider women as being equal to men. How anyone could possibly argue that women are fairly treated in a system not designed for them after reading this is beyond me?But it is nobody else’s to take it away from you, to deny, dismiss, belittle or obliterate with well-meaning platitudes or sexist, outdated excuses. Too often, decisions about whether or not to proceed to trial for rape rely on whether the woman fits the societal profile of the “perfect victim”: ie, those who are “sweet and pretty and innocent and careful and didn’t stray off the path or talk to the wolf”. Hundreds already exist, “ignored and unused” in reports and campaign materials of feminist and civil rights organisations. Ferdinand Mount opens up a fascinating exploration of how and why Caesars seize power and why they fall. She encourages all women to make one, charting a life in sexism, from the playground to the street to the workplace.

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