Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Paperback | September 13, 2016

byJessica Bennett

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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 on how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of our foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born.

In Feminist Fight Club, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of her real-life fight club with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t advice for how to combat today’s sexism (and come out the other side). Part manual, part manifesto, Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist archetypes women encounter every day—such as the Manterrupter, who talks over female colleagues in meetings; or the Bropropriator, who appropriates their ideas—as well as the self-sabotaging behavior women sometimes exhibit themselves. With original illustrations and fascinating historical research as well as a straightforward assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the workforce, Feminist Fight Club offers practical strategies, stealthy hacks, and much-needed camaraderie for women battling their way through the modern workplace.

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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 on how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, le...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062642367

ISBN - 13:9780062642363

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A worthy read I had to read this for my book club this month. While it's not something I would have chosen for myself, it was a decent read. To be fair, I don't think it contained any new, revealing information. The data and situations the author speaks of, I'm sure are familiar to most women. Even the suggestions as to what to do and how to approach different situations is not "newsflash" information. However the issue is that most of us as women know what we should/must do but just don't do it. Jessica Bennett tries to provide us with the push that we need to make our voices heard. Although this shouldn't be necessary in this day and age, this is a fight that is far from over.
Date published: 2016-11-08

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“It is saddening that the problems described in [Feminist Fight Club] persist, but Bennett’s light approach and humorous neologisms make fighting the power a lot more palatable.”