cover image Everyday Sexism

Everyday Sexism

Laura Bates. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $15.99 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-1-250-10018-4

Sexism as it exists today in Western culture is a normal, everyday experience in the lives of women, according to Bates. She knows this from personal experience as well as from the thousands of women who have shared their experiences through the Everyday Sexism Project, a website founded by the author and dedicated to cataloguing instances of sexism. With pages of facts, well-reasoned and detailed arguments, and an expanding supply of painful stories of women and girls told in their own words, Bates shines an unrelenting light on sexist acts of oppression, laying in stark detail and clear language how sexism causes problems for women in every area of their lives, from girlhood to education to their working years. The argument she builds is inescapable: sexism affects everyone, with damaging consequences not just to women but to all people and to society as a whole, and no one could read this book and fail to be moved. (Apr.)