Book Review: Feminist Fight Club

Way back in the mists of February (Aside: do you remember cold weather? Man, I love cold weather. This endless sunny hotness suuuuuuuuuuucks), when I was interning at Penguin, one of my favourite things to do was look forward to the books coming later in the year – many of which I’m lucky enough to be reviewing here as their release dates arrive.

One I was truly intrigued by in the autumn calendar was Jessica Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club, which publishes today in the UK on the Portfolio imprint. I love a bit of non-fiction, find the journey of twenty-first century feminism fascinating (to quote a song from the film Hairspray, it truly feels like “We’ve come so far, but we’ve got so far to go”), and  have always enjoyed Jessica Bennett’s writing when I’ve encountered her pieces in on Time.com and in the New York Times, so my interest was well and truly piqued. So naturally I emailed the team and asked for a copy (thanks, Joel & Lydia).

Feminist Fight Club is a clever, funny, interesting read. Bennett makes her points well, incisively cutting through some of the rhetoric that surrounds the subject and providing plenty of thoughts to ponder and calls to action. The research involved in putting this book together is amazing – there are plenty of titles in the bibliography that I know I’m going to be seeking out and reading myself, and the prose is never dry or stuffy – the book is engaging and written with a deft hand. Bennett communicates her points with verve, clarity and humour, making this a great read. I also adored the illustrations, by Saskia Wariner with Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, which are brilliantly drawn, witty and a great accompaniment and complement to the written sections.
  
Each chapter has an amusing title, making it easy to go back and refer to parts of the book you may wish to consult or reread. I especially enjoyed the ‘Get Your Speak On’ chapter and will definitely be taking on board some of the lessons within it! Great for a boost of confidence and clarity.

I really enjoyed this book, and was so impressed with how Bennett managed to deal with some pretty heavy, important issues without diluting her message or straying from the overall hilarious and practical tenor of the book. She’s such a great voice to have discussing feminism, and I really enjoyed this book. And by writing about it, I’ve even managed to keep the first rule of Feminist Fight Club: YOU MUST TALK ABOUT THE FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB. From witty illustrations to tasks to work on, potted histories to practical advice, this is a cracking little read.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

14 Comments

  1. Emily Rose Vass
    15th September 2016 / 11:52 am

    This sounds like a great read, it's wonderful people discuss feminism so openly now

  2. LaaLaa Monroe
    15th September 2016 / 11:59 am

    I feel I've heard about this book release quite recently. It's a good thing for women to read because it's something some of us may face and need to know how to deal with x

  3. charlienin
    15th September 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I saw you tweet or Instagram this the other day and it got my interest right away. Firmly on my to-read list!CxCharlie, Distracted

  4. Nicola Murdock
    15th September 2016 / 1:26 pm

    The title of this book would make me pick it up and want to read it. It sounds right up my street!

  5. Life Outside London
    15th September 2016 / 1:42 pm

    This sounds all kinds of great, thanks for following the rules (rule?) of Feminist Fight Club, I can't wait to get my mitts on it. M x

  6. Caffeinated Reactions
    15th September 2016 / 3:38 pm

    This looks great! I'm part of an all female book club so this would make an interesting choice

  7. Love and Other Awesome Stuff !
    15th September 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Fan-bloody-tastic! I love how many feminist books are coming out at the moment, it really fills me with joy that so many people are talking about something so bloody important. Will definitely be adding this to my burgeoning Feminist Prose Pile! x

  8. Our Little Organic Life
    15th September 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Well, if Sheryl Sandberg endorses it…who am I to argue?

  9. Rhian Westbury
    15th September 2016 / 9:54 pm

    This sounds like a really great book, I've really got into reading memoirs and books on feminism this year x

  10. Francesca Nelson
    16th September 2016 / 10:01 am

    This sounds like a really interesting read I'd be up for giving it a go for sure!

  11. Emma Iannarilli
    16th September 2016 / 11:49 am

    It sounds very interesting, and that cover design is very witty.

  12. La French Connection
    16th September 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I don't have issues at work as we are mainly women in my team and are very close to each other, but I think I wouldn't be able to stand sexism at work (or anywhere else) and I could definitely use a book like that if it happened, to shut some mouthes.Mika | http://www.la-french-connection.com

  13. Melissa Zia
    16th September 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting read! I think I need to get myself a copy 🙂

  14. Jessica Ayun
    17th September 2016 / 3:38 am

    Looks like a funny and powerful book to read in a weekend. Have to check this now.

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