Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

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I can’t help but cling, however, to the old-fashioned notion that it is easier to retain information integrated into an overarching story line...That said, if “Feminist Fight Club” is on the right track in its presentation style, it has performed a huge service not just to its target audience but to the businesses they will be joining.
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Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work, providing real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.

Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.

 

About Jessica Bennett

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Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes about women, sexuality and pop culture. She is a columnist at the New York Times and a former columnist for Time.com. She is also a contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit, LeanIn.org, where she is the co-founder and curator of the Lean In Collection with Getty Images, a photo library to create empowering images of women and girls. She speaks regularly on women’s issues and digital journalism.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Harper Wave. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 27 2016

It is saddening that the problems described by the book persist, but Bennett’s light approach and humorous neologisms make fighting the power a lot more palatable.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by JONATHAN A. KNEE on Sep 14 2016

I can’t help but cling, however, to the old-fashioned notion that it is easier to retain information integrated into an overarching story line...That said, if “Feminist Fight Club” is on the right track in its presentation style, it has performed a huge service not just to its target audience but to the businesses they will be joining.

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Star Tribune

Good
on Oct 01 2016

The topics covered range from lactation and power poses to negotiating raises and mentoring. Bennett manages to convey a remarkable amount of substance briskly and entertainingly.

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