Girl Up by Laura Bates - Book Review
They say you need to be thin and beautiful.
They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups.
Wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.
Dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but don't look like a slut.
They said if you're strong or opinionated, you'll be "shrill", "bossy", a "ballbreaker".
They said "that's not for girls" - "take it as a compliment" - "don't rock the boat".
They told you "beauty is on the inside"... But you knew they didn't really mean it.
Well screw that. I'm here to tell you something else.
Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates mocks the ludacris pressures and stereotypes faced by young women today. Hilarious, bold and unapologetic, Girl Up sets the record straight.
Warning: This book contains feminist limericks, colour-by-numbers genitalia and dancing vaginas.
I picked this book up due to watching one of Carrie Hope Fletcher's videos. The book was mentioned in one of her recent Dear Tom and Gi video. I saw the book and didn't think much of it. Later I saw the book in Waterstones and I was curious about it but mostly the topic about feminism. I wasn't familiar with feminism and reading this book made me understand and learn more about why people speak up about it.
This book is chaptered into many different subjects, through social media, through jobs and especially around dating. There are topics about your body as well as sex. This is a really good book if your are familiar or don't know about sex education and how feminism is represented in the 21st Century.
This book is both funny and informative. It has amazing illustrations included with the chaptered topics. There are a bunch of dancing vaginas which made me laugh out loud so many times. It's colour coded with black and blue which makes the topics and conversation pop out.
To see on paper what men and women are like to one another is very true. You see how men feel more dominant over the woman because they are the provider, who brings the money home and supports the family. And then to hear stories about men inflicting their dominant power onto a woman because they think we are weak and afraid.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very informative and very easy to read. I laughed out loud many times and finished the book knowing so much about feminism, and I highly recommend this book to anyone. The illustrations in this book are amazing and very funny.
This is a really good book to get to know more about feminism(like myself) and learn more about your body, and how people treat women and why it's important to change it.
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