Not for the faint of heart. Laura Bates has been collecting stories since 2012 about the tiny pinpricks of sexism that slowly deflate us and have become so normalized that we barely register their terribleness as a whole. This book is an organized collection of these quotes, told alongside Bates’ own story, with stats and facts peppered in as well.
Overall message: say something, stop the torrent, do not allow this to continue to be normal. Call the phone number on the side of the van filled with the assholes who are catcalling you. Men especially need to speak up and call the losers out who are perpetrating these countless acts of degradation. One man chased another down the street to simply tap him on the shoulder and ask why he said that to the woman. Speak out about behavior that hurts people. Start now.