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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.
Sarah Reply to on 7 March 2018
Nasty Women is a collection of essays which address the question of what it is to be a woman in the twenty-first century. Edited and published by new, independent Scottish publisher 404 Ink, the collection was put together in the aftermath of and in response to the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency. The editors’ note explains that they wished to make a stand against this, to give a platform for voices speaking against the hatred prevailing across the globe and to show that in an age of ‘post-truth’ real experiences still matter.

I found the experience of reading Nasty Women enjoyable, challenging and thought-provoking. The twenty contributors tell their stories and explain their perspectives with such candour that it is impossible not to be affected. A range of experiences are covered and a huge diversity of subject matter is explored; disability, sexuality, race, religion, class, gender, all relating very sharply to the twenty-first century context.

All reading is, of course, subjective and like any other reader I did find some particular favourites, some essays which resonated with me or challenged me most. I adored Becca Inglis’s Love In A Time of Melancholia – like Inglis I am a grunge and Hole enthusiast and found her reappraisal of Courtney Love, her life and work and her exploration of her own attraction to Love’s music and celebrity highly relatable. I loved Alice Tarbuck’s Foraging and Feminism: Hedge-Witchcraft in the Twenty-First Century – not only did this appeal to my sensibilities as a witchcraft scholar, but I loved the sense of power that Tarbuck described in returning to the understanding of nature, to the rediscovery of old gifts. I was also deeply affected by Jen McGregor’s Lament: Living with the Consequences of Contraception – this essay and McGregor’s sense of betrayal by something which was supposed to symbolise liberation and progress stayed in my mind long after I had read it.

Irrespective of the stories they were telling, however, I loved the way that the essay format meant that the women themselves, as essayists, were placed firmly at the centre of their own stories: the subjects of the lived experiences, the ones in control of the narratives. These were their stories; as a reader I might not always be able to relate, but I could certainly learn something.

An excellent and thought-provoking read. Five stars.
Adele Reply to on 18 April 2017
Incredible collection of essays I have been dipping into. Thought provoking, inspiring and sometimes emotional. A must read.
Fiona Bennett
Fiona Bennett Reply to on 22 May 2018
It’s quite well collated but it just didn’t link with real life experiences. Fragmented. Some sections dull.
lauren Reply to on 10 August 2018
An absolute must-read. So wonderful and inspiring.
Pelayers Reply to on 28 March 2018
Fantastic selection of essays written by brilliant young women. Essential reading.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 30 July 2017
An absolute must read.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 8 August 2017
Everyone should read this fasinating and interesting collection of essays.
Rosie Reply to on 24 January 2018
I would recommend this book to everyone - it's a great read, contemporary and relevant.
Allie Reply to on 19 November 2017
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