Fight Like a Girl Review

The first thing that grabbed me about this book, was actually the postcards at the stand at YALC. After umming and ahhing for a while, I decided to buy this book, and I am so glad that I did.

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford

Synopsis

Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

Review

This book is great. While I bought this at YALC, it is most definitely not suitable for younger readers. With many swear words, description of various types of assault, racism, homophobia and transphobia, this book pulls no punches.

Some people would call him a monster but ascribing supernatural traits to him is too easy. The truth is that he is just a man, and that is far more frightening.

Each topic in this book is well discussed with in depth thought and multiple voices and opinions shared. There are thorough analysis as well as lots of humor and righteous anger. I appreciated how Ford is honest about the subjectivity of her own opinions, the privilege she has lived with her life, and her efforts to reduced her support for the system that allows this to happen, whilst being aware that she can never truly understand what she is trying to overthrow.

Just because you aren’t aware of something, doesn’t mean that you don’t benefit from it.

Most of the chapters are written in a journalistic tone, with care taken to thoroughly explain terms and concept that people may not understand in a way that doesn’t come off as patronising to those who don’t know or boring to those who do.

It’s almost as if angry men gripped by a sense if range and entitlement are dangerous in some way.

While this book looks relatively slim at just over 300 pages, the text is quite heavy and takes awhile to work through, so is not good for a quick or light read. However I sincerely recommend it to anyone who is interested in this topic. I give this book five stars.

5 stars

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