Book review: Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis

Well hello to you my reader chums! Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies is the book every single person needs to read at least once in their lifetime. It's a book that not only educates but highlights pressing issues that the majority of people aren't aware of regarding feminism and the patriarchy. And is one of the most inspiring and sassy books I've ever read.

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Book review: Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis

The book came out last year and I've been wanting it for ages that when I finally got my hands on it, I couldn't wait to delve in as I heard so many good things - and I'd already fallen in love with the accompanying podcast.

This book contains essays or poems on what feminism means to each writer and offers an insight into the individual's views. There's everything from feminism in the workplace, period poverty, sexual harassment, to being a girl boss and owning being a woman. I loved the variety of topics and how every page could not only educate me but also open my eyes to some issues I wasn't even aware of.

What does feminism mean to me?

When I was younger, I wasn't really aware of what feminism was or what it meant. Every time the word did pop up, I always remember people pulling faces or there was a negative connotation around it, however, I was always intrigued. It wasn't until my English class in the sixth form when I really learned about what feminism meant and my English teacher said we were all feminists. At the time, we were learning about Bloody Chambers which is feminist fiction, and opened my eyes to the whole matter.

Feminism isn't man-hating (a terrible stereotype), feminism is simply the equality of men and women - and wanting women to have the same rights and privileges as men. This goes within the workplace and how society views us. But on the flip side, it also means that men are allowed to show their emotions and be exactly what they want to be - again not conforming to the stereotypes of what society expects of men too. We shouldn't judge people on their genders and allow freedom of expression. Feminism is fighting for minorities and aiming for everybody to be accepted into society so we can all be free in our choices and how we are treated.

I've always been an active pro-women type of gal, boosting my best friends up and always encouraging them to do and be exactly whatever they want to be, not allowing barriers or stereotypes to get in their way. In a world that is so against women, I think it's important to help boost the ones around you and the ones you see on social media.

I've also always been someone who's never understood why there is a divide between women and men and why we aren't just equal. Why does the gender pay gap exist? Why have women always been treated less than men and still continue to be in modern society? To me, feminism is about fighting for everyone to feel accepted and not lesser than anyone else.

Book review: Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis

Thoughts on the book

As I was reading this book, I couldn't help but feel incredibly empowered. Every single woman in the book shared their raw view whether it was serious or a comical piece, either way, it made me proud to be a woman. I absolutely loved the book and wanted to read on even when the pages ran out. It's incredibly interesting hearing women from all walks of life telling their stories and sharing insight into the world in essay format. I couldn't help but be hooked on each word and feel inspired by the powerful women in the book. Hearing their stories made me feel grateful for what I had and inspired to do something more for equal rights.

I would recommend this book to everyone. To the feminists of the world who feel empowered, to those who don't understand feminism, and to those people who think feminism is a negative word. We all need to feel inspired and empowered and this book shows how strong us women are even when hell is chucked in our faces. The book makes me incredibly proud to be a woman and has made me realize how strong we are. Here's to girl power!

I hope you enjoyed this book. What are your thoughts on it?

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