With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
People, politics, pressure, punk – From working class experience to racial divides in Trump’s America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice online, role models and more, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Zeba Talkhani, Chitra Ramaswamy are just a few of the incredible women who share their experience here.
Keep telling your stories, and tell them loud. (via Goodreads)
I received an eARC from Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, 404 Ink, in exchange for an honest review.
I reviewed the Radical Hope Anthology written by US authors of all walks of life in response to November 8’s results. The Nasty Women collection is the un-related UK response to the same events, and it was good.
Content notes for suicide and sexual assault were included in the title header for the applicable stories, which I thought was a great way to do it. I know there’s been some discussion about the best way to do this, but I liked the way this was laid out. You couldn’t read the title of the piece without seeing that there was a content warning.
“Names” by Nadine Aisha Jassat spoke incredibly clearly to me. I have had four people in my life pronounce my name correctly outside of my immediate family. Even some of my aunts and uncles cannot pronounce my name, or spell it correctly. I’ve turned it into a conversation point and a bit of a joke, but I definitely judge whether people are worth hanging out with by how long it takes them to learn my name.
I loved the footnotes that went into this collection. If one of these concepts was confusing, or you wanted to learn more about it, you could easily find out where to get more of it. I’m not sure how accessible the sources are, because a lot of them are UK academic sources, but they are clearly labelled.
However, some of these articles got incredibly academic, which kind of dragged the collection down for me, personally. I found myself skimming some of the heavier essays, which wasn’t great, considering I’m pretty much the intended audience for this collection.
That being said, I loved a lot of the essays in this collection, and would definitely recommend it to people who loved Radical Hope. Nasty Women was a three star read for me, though some of the individual essays were five if they were on their own. You can pick up a copy on Amazon!
“I know there will be many bumps in the road ahead. I know that I may not have gone through the worst that will be thrown at me, and I know I have many choices ahead of me. Choosing to tell my story was just one of them.” – Rowan C. Clarke in “Choices”
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