Nasty Women – 404 Ink

nasty-women

If you have been looking for a critical read, written by women that covers a range of important and vital topics, this is the book for you. I feel that this is a book everyone should read, compiled of ideas and personal stories it tackles racism, sexism, feminism and so much more. Especially at this time worldwide there are so many stories that need told and so much motivation for change needed across the globe and this book could spark the necessary flame.

When I started this book I had a rough idea about the themes but I don’t think I was prepared for the power behind the writing. Some essays made me frustrated, not because of the topic but because I shared the writer views and I was getting annoyed that the world is allowed to be this way and treat people like this. It left me asking why we as human beings had let it get to this and it made me proud to be living through a time when change has happened and yet where it is still evident it needs to.  

Tackling topics relevant to this time there are even mentions of Trump and modern culture. It’s hard to try and pick favourites or notable articles from the book as all of them pack a punch and are relevant to readers, however some did stay with me. In particular one essay tackling weight and what life is like for a larger woman in today’s society struck a chord with me as like many I feel pressured by the perfect image thrust in women’s faces on a daily basis. I also found the essays centred on racism to be of particular interest and mostly because of the new laws to be enforced in the USA. Although I am not an American, the political change over there seems to be making waves worldwide and it was interesting to read thoughts from the perspective of individuals who can and will be directly affected. Not just in America but one essay looked at racism in the UK and the blatant arrogance many people have towards people of colour, I was astonished by the daily comments the writer was facing and how frequent they were. If anything this book wasn’t just a wakeup call but also a learning experience, speaking for myself it is easy to be blind to the racism and sexism in daily life and this book really opened my eyes.

This book is different to many in the genre of feministic reads because it compiles experiences and ideas from a range of different women. It has variety and peeks into the different darks corners of life as a woman looking not just at sexism but race, weight, childbirth, death and more. It makes this book a read for all whether or not you want to read just one essay or all of them. Preferably once I start a book I have to finish it and I found that each of these essays spoke to me on some level but for readers interested in one particular topic I can guarantee you will find something in this collection.

I was very lucky to receive an advance copy of this book from NetGalley so many thanks to the publishers and contributors for letting me read this. Overall I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, it is a powerful and thought-provoking read and if I could give it more I would. Check this out if you haven’t already, I predict it will be making a lot of noise in the future.

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