Fix the System, Not the Women

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Fix the System, Not the Women

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maybe you don’t know all the statistics but you are more than aware of all the systemic issues as they have happened to you and you have learned to live with them of course your not shocked! In recent years, books such as Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and White Fragility have been bought in huge numbers by white people. Combining stories with shocking evidence, Fix the System, Not the Women is a blazing examination of sexual injustice and a rallying cry for reform. Bates’s central message, which she has developed through her Everyday Sexism Project, the online forum that has now received 200,000 stories of sexism and misogyny from all over the world, and books including Girl Up (2016) and Men Who Hate Women (2020), is that there is a spectrum of gender inequality. Hundreds already exist, “ignored and unused” in reports and campaign materials of feminist and civil rights organisations.

This is essential reading for absolutely everyone, it made my stomach turn and made me incredibly sad. In November 2017 the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in an unprecedented alliance with the military. Behaviours are based on thoughts and feelings, be them conscious or unsconscious, that's basic cognitive behavioural psychology.I find this to be a powerful, thought-provoking opener, as I think some women, myself included may not realise that certain behaviour, is actually sexism, and we were the victims of that. Sebuah kritik tertulis dari Bates kepada 5 ekosistem institusi yang menindoktrinasi, memaksakan, dan menormalisasi inequality. so… i wanted to see what people were saying about this book and how well received it was by people, so i read some reviews and most are saying how important and impactful it was, however of course there was negatives as well and it really intrigued me. El libro aún no está en español (arribando a las editoriales para que se pongan las pilas), así que si pueden leer en inglés, les invito de todo corazón a leerlo. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2015 and has been named a woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine.

The examples cited of misogynistic abuse suffered by women are extensive and of course throughly awful as well as unsurprising, but I felt it was sensitively handled and offered many solutions of how to change the system rather that just describing them in graphic detail and moving on. She begins with her own list, a list of events or situations in which she has been the victim of sexism, harassment or assault. I am in awe of Laura Bates and her ability to perfectly balance facts and her personal experiences, opinions and emotions.To have access to an abortion is and should be a given right to women, but removing that is sickening. You would think with all the time that has passed that things would have changed by now, society's perception and expectation of women should have changed, but still, here we are, still frustrated and tirelessly fighting to be heard. There is a comforting illusion shared by historians and political commentators from Fukuyama back to Macaulay, Mill and Marx, that history progresses in a nice straight line towards liberal democracy or socialism, despite the odd hiccup. Bates pursues her thesis across five key areas: education, policing, criminal justice, media and politics. Even if it makes you rage and scream and shout at all the inequalities women are subjected to repeatedly, it still instills a hope: that by making our voices heard, by never giving up in the face of adversities, we will prevail and receive, once and for all, access to equal rights.

I was sad, angry and elated to finally feel understood - it's a strange combination to feel and no matter how tough it was at times to keep reading the book I'm so glad I did. Yet when someone tries to explain how a sexist attitude or misogynistic views would tie in with and lead to a system in which discrimination and men's violence against women is normalised and allowed, you're labelled as paranoid or *sexist*. Por la naturaleza del libro, en un inicio me resultó un poco difícil; tenía que detenerme cada cierto tiempo. Disabled women are twice as likely to suffer domestic abuse, but just one in 10 spaces in refuges is accessible to those with physical disabilities.If you are looking for solutions, or a magic bullet, it’s not really going to satiate that need… but at the same time you know what you should do (stand up for yourself and other women - keep pushing for improvements - and encourage people to seek help and come forward). I read it with rage and anger at the injustices and inequalities, at how women are shamed and how they internalise this shame, and how they are held responsible for creating change rather than holding the systems and societal structures accountable for their oppression. Vooral een inzending voor The Everyday Sexism Project greep me aan, een oudere vrouw die zich verontschuldigde: zij had al die grensoverschrijdende incidenten getolereerd, ze was stil gebleven.

She has judged the Women’s Prize, the YA Book Prize, the Children's Laureate and the RSL Giles St Aubyn awards for non-fiction. It’s all the things you know, from your experience in this world as a woman to be true, but now with statistics! Ik heb een lijstje gemaakt en ook al zal deze niet zo lang zijn als die van anderen, hij is te lang. Despite the increased prominence of feminist campaigns, charges in rape cases are now exactly half what they were in 2015–16.

We need to stop policing and blaming women for everything - their own safety, their own assault, their own discrimination and essentially most things they ever do - and hold our white male privileged figures of authority to account. Bates also reminds us that if we want to tackle oppression in one sphere, we need to be aware of its overlap with others.

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