Faouzia Benkhoud Reply to on 14 May 2017
|I am not a non-fiction fan, but i was caught by the title while browsing NetGalley and i was wondering what they meant by "Nasty Women", and when i saw it was a collection of essays i thought it would an interesting book to read.
So, i started reading it and i think this is the most emotional book i read this year, the best book of year, not only because of the stories but also because i could identify with some experiences and i felt like i was allowed to some kind of sisterhood!
Some story touched me because i know how those experiences feel like, other because i understand and i could imagine how it feels, some made me laugh a bit.. Stories about choices, about violence and abuse in all its forms, about dreams and aspirations, about life!
I think the reason this book was so touching is that most women can identify with the stories told.
Now, what did they mean by Nasty Women?
It is simple, they are women who chose to make their voices heard, to work, to live on their own terms, women who believed that being born with a different color, having different beliefs and ideas from those around them is not reason enough not to live.
We say that in this age, racism, sexism, religion phobias do not exist anymore, but we also know that this still happens everyday. These stories were about women who chose to stand up to all that by words and actions. It is not exactly a book about feminism though and i liked it this way. It is more like the story of couragious women in the 21st century, in the light of the recent political changes.
I felt so touched by many of their words and experiences. As a Muslim veiled woman, living in a European country in these troubled time is not easy, One essay in particular talked about this kind of experience and the heavy weight to become all of the sudden a spokeswoman about your religion and all women in Islam. I have been lucky though to see only the good side of people where i live.
I think everyone should read this book.