Title: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
Author: Jessica Bennett
Pub Date: September 13th, 2016
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Synopis from Goodreads:
Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.
It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and, if Ellen Pao is any indication, harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.
Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, infographics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, as well as fascinating historical research and a kit for “How to Start Your Own Club,” Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague today’s women—as well as the system that perpetuates them.
Feminist Fight Club is a must-read for every working lady. You should buy it for yourself, and for every woman in your life. We all will benefit from reading this book. If you’re a man, please, also read this book, we all would appreciate it. I’m so glad that I read it because it was an amazing learning experience. This book helped me realize how I’m sometimes sabotaging my own career, and how I can change that. I learn how to didact BS in a male-dominated workplace. I learn how to speak up, and how to strive to gain all the useful traits of man, that make them successful. I also learn when trying to act like a man is not worth it, and sometimes it will just backfire because I’m a woman and there is so much I can do about what my co-workers think of me and my work.
I’d recommend this book as an inspiring help book that you keep by your side at all times, and get to when there is a need. I felt inspired when I was reading parts that related to my current situation, but some parts were just a drag and I wasn’t that interested in them. To read this whole book at one time, may be just too much because it can be a bit repetitive and can drag on and on till you loose your focus completely. Luckily, the style of the book doesn’t require you to read it all at once. I will be picking this book while in need, and look for the parts that will help me with the problem at hand.