Editor: 404 Ink
Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism
Publication Date: March 8th 2017
Format: eARC (240 pages)
Laura Lam, Ren Aldridge, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Sasha De Buyl-Pisco, Elise Hines , Alice Tarbuck, Jonatha Kottler, Chitra Ramaswamy, Christina Neuwirth, Belle Owen , Zeba Talkhani, Katie Muriel, Joelle A. Owusu, Kaite Welsh, Claire L. Heuchan, Jen McGregor , Mel Reeve, Laura Waddell, Sim Bajwa, Becca Inglis, Rowan C. Clarke & Kristy Diaz
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
People, politics, pressure, punk – From working class experience to racial divides in Trump’s America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice online, role models and more, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Zeba Talkhani, Chitra Ramaswamy are just a few of the incredible women who share their experience here.
Keep telling your stories, and tell them loud.
My Rating: ★★★★★
The second I heard this was being put together I knew that I absolutely needed a copy of this in my life. A collection of feminist essays? Right up my street! I was VERY lucky to get approved for this on Netgalley so a HUGE thanks to the publishers and all of the contributors.
Nasty Women is what can only be described as essential reading for all women. Not just women, but all people. I learnt a huge amount from reading the wide variety of essays that are in this collection. I truly believe there is something for everyone in this book and most definitely something for everyone to learn. Ranging from racism, disability and social classes to pregnancy, contraception, immigration and beyond, there will be something in here that EVERY woman can connect with. Powerful.
As a woman I was able to identify with so many points throughout this collection but the most wonderful thing about this book is its diversity. There are essays here from white women, women of colour, disabled women, women from working class backgrounds and more. This is such a relevant read in today’s climate and I highly recommend to everyone.
I’m not going to do a summary and individual rating of each essay because who am I to say how much I liked everyone’s essays? These are personal experiences we are talking about and I am certainly not going to judge them against each other. I enjoyed each of the essays in this collection and found each of them to be very thought provoking.
I am so grateful to each of the contributors for being able to put themselves out there for the world to see. I have no doubt in my mind that each and every one of you is a great source of inspiration to women out there and this will only help to spread that feeling further. Thank you, you nasty women.
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