I'm a feminist. To some people, that's unsexy, or unnecessary or uncool. To some people who know far more about gender studies, I need to be defining it in clearer terms. But I don't think that everyone needs to understand the complexities of gender equality (because to me, that's what feminism means, it means gender equality) to relate to a movement like feminism.
So, you can probably tell that I was going to be pro-the Everyday Sexism movement before reading this. Well surprise! It's a good book. It's even got a chapter about men in there - quite rightly, in my view - because gender equality is about men too.
The book takes some of the comments uploaded to the website Everyday Sexism Project and themes them around chapters: street harassment, the workplace, education etc etc. It's a book written for popular consumption, therefore some of the arguments aren't as rigorous or structured and are somewhat emotive, but that's okay because what struck me most about this book was the emotion behind this outpouring. It makes me reflect on my own experiences: being groped on the tube, shouted at on the street, undermined in the office. This shit is real, and it happens to millions of women every day, which is such a sad, sad fact. This book made me really glum.
But then I sent a picture of it to a group of male friends asking for non-fiction book recommendations. And then I finished it, and my sister asked to borrow it. (I don't know if she's read it yet!) And I thought: this isn't a sad book, because it's about sharing these stories, and making people more aware and conscious of the decisions they make every day. All of us need to read it!