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Feminist Fight Club
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace | Jessica Bennett
Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at worka pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women. It was a fight clubbut without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friends 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 todays working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identifyand, if Ellen Pao is any indication, harder to provethan those of their foremothers. These women werent 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, infographics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everydaysuch as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideasand provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in todays working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, as well as fascinating historical research and a kit for How to Start Your Own Club, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague todays womenas well as the system that perpetuates them.
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amyf0x
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Bennett takes on the gender issues, difficult situations, and harassment women can face at work and offers both practical solutions and solidarity.

Read September 12-16
Book 48/55

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KarenM
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Some excellent tips for general use in the workplace even if yours is decidedly un-sexist. It‘s also very funny

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nikirtehsuxlol
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OVARIES OVER BROVARIES: this book is 21% more expensive for men.

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JackOBotts
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Let‘s go!

rather_be_reading so stacking rn! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

A quick read/listen, this book is both a helpful tool for making your way through a sexist workplace and a reminder to stand up for yourself AND support other women. Good humored, useful, and practical. I‘m glad I listened to it—it boosted my mood for sure.

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ReadingSusan
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And this is my sisters other kitty, Stan the Man Musial. He is checking out this book on surviving sexist office environments. He thinks there should be kitties in every office to cut down on stress. #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn He‘s beautiful! So sleek - like a jungle cat! (That‘s at least what my cat thinks he is 😉). 🐱❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Great pic 🖤🖤🖤 2y
TNbookworm I think kitties in every office is an excellent idea😻😻 2y
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ReadingSusan @wanderinglynn yes! He is the shiniest, sleekest kitten ever. My black cat who passed away two years ago was 14 years old so his black fur was more gray and rough. 2y
ReadingSusan @TNbookworm everyone would be a lot happier! 2y
rubyslippersreads What a handsome boy! 😻 2y
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JessReads
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It‘s here! A new literary feminist shirt (because who doesn‘t need another one of these??) via @bookriot and Out of Print!

Chelleo 😍😍😍 2y
Jess7 Love this!! 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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There was so much packed into this book and it was all very interesting and useful. I definitely feel like I will carry a lot of the ideas of this book with me and try to work on areas the author discussed. Some of it was a little over the top for my taste, but I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed it.
#booked2018 #feministclassic

4thhouseontheleft Congrats on finishing all the prompts! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Victoriahoperose @4thhouseontheleft thank you 😊😊 I‘m ready for spring now. Gonna start looking at those prompts and preparing. This is super fun!! 2y
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ShannonOffDuty
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While I think this was a well intentioned book that had some really good insights, much of it read as a self help book for privileged white feminists. Tons of research to back up everything though. But still a lot of points in this book can only benefit women in higher work positions.

arlenefinnigan Yup. Bailed for that same reason. 2y
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Floresj
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Perfectly timed book for me. I found this to have great advice on handling difficult working relationships. I needed a "you are stronger than you think" audiobook right now. It delivered.

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Augustdana
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LOVED the situations and advice from this book. Also just keeping things real. V practical - also this recently happened to me and I so wish I had done this instead of simply scowl dramatically

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charissharpe
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Couldn't resist... who has read it/is reading it?

#feministfightclub #feminism #womensstudies #equalitymatters #genderequality

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Jen2
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Really good but definitely listen with your earbuds!

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kaywa
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Mehso-so

Quick and fun read, even if much of it felt like stuff I've already read elsewhere. Plus, worth it for the archetypical office white dude, Josh.

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BethM

How do you feel about anti feminist writings? I'm reading a book right now that is not intended to be that but is given the cultural reference it comes from. The book is making me incredibly frustrated and angry. Any ideas on ways to get through it without bailing?

josie281 I trudge. I attempt to understand their (ass backward) POV. Good luck!! 3y
hongim I would make myself finish it. But I think I would struggle on this kind of book. So I will not try reading it. Otherwise it would cut into the good books I have! 3y
BethM @hongim right?! But it's my Litsy goes postal book so I feel like I should finish. It's really not my thing though. 3y
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moranadatter Alternate this book with a page turner. For every x pages you read, you get to read 2x (or some other multiple) pages of the book you want to be reading. (edited) 3y
BethM @moranadatter that's a great idea thanks! 3y
moranadatter I've had to read a few painful books for book clubs. Good luck! 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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Had to bail on this,it just wasn't for me. It felt like it was talking about specific roles in a specific type of workplace and was aimed at more ambitious people aiming to impress in high flying business meetings, which really isn't something I can relate to. The "woo! Sisterhood!" tone wasn't my cup of tea either.

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arlenefinnigan
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Continuing the #NastyWomen reading theme

Rachel.Rencher Great theme 👌 3y
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alanacristin
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Bit of a weird read being currently employed only as a mom but full of great tips for a variety of situations in an office environment. I didn't super love the slangy, bantery presentation of the material as it limits the audience who will take it seriously. The list of feminist groups at the end was fascinating! #mommyreads #ebook #nonfiction #business

Miss_Kim I think I'll read this one! 3y
alanacristin @Miss_Kim it definitely had some interesting points! But it also got me all riled up at times so maybe proceed with caution when reading around dudes? 😂😂😂 3y
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Leelee08
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This has been on my TBR for a while now, and it's only $1.99 today!📚🤓

Bookchipmunk Everyone should read this one! 3y
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B.Reader
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Feeling very conflicted about this book. It was fun in many ways, like with this list of #feminist cocktails...but I also felt like it could have been a bit more nuanced in some parts. It focuses a lot on overtly "masculine" situations or jobs and I felt as it is neglected talking about other workplace dynamics and professions that may be female dominated or oriented and how that element can influence women at work. Ok, just not brilliant.

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B.Reader
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Started to hightlight...kept going...highlighted nearly the entire page. Will likely highlight entire book. #yasqueen #EatItPatriarchy #feminism #booklove 🤓💕🤓

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whatthelog
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Rereading Feminist Fight Club (so many practical tips!) and wearing these pins on #InternationalWomensDay

#feminism #womenwriters #nonfiction

angrylilasian I love these pins! Where did you get them? 3y
whatthelog @angrylilasian from the etsy fairy_cakes. She makes a lot of really cool stuff! 3y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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The Kindle ebook is on sale today. I thought there might be some Littens who would be interested in this one.

Gezemice I wish I had that four years ago. Thank goodness I don't work there any more. 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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The ebook is on sale today (but only through Amazon) for $1.99

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Suetara
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I've been looking at this one, and was going to the library to pick it up today, but as it's on sale, reader, I bought it. Still going to the library, because reasons. 😉

Lacythebookworm That just means you get to pick out something else from the library 🙌😊 3y
Suetara @Lacythebookworm Exactly. 😊📚📚📚 3y
angrylilasian Sounds exactly like what I'm doing today. 😄 3y
Suetara @angrylilasian Awesome way to spend the day! My youngest is going with me and asked if we could go to both of our local libraries. How could I say no to that? ❤ 3y
angrylilasian @Suetara aww! That makes my heart melt! 3y
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Kathrin
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If you have never picked up a pick about sexism in the workplace and how to conquer it, this book would be your perfect first read. For everyone that has already worked their way through feminist nonfiction this book is not going to be life changing. I think it's organized really nicely and informal language and to the point graphs are being employed. I also liked that the author consistently pointed out the added hurdles for women of color.

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Kathrin
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Nuff said....

Libby1 😡 3y
Soubhiville Grumble, grouch 😤 3y
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Kathrin
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I found this to be true... I was told in anonymous reviews that I lacked empathy... but only by a fraction of my team. I decided to follow my path and due to other factors some team dynamics changed and this topic went away all by itself.

TrishB I've had brilliant bosses and crap bosses, as we probably all have, I don't think the good or bad was influenced by gender. However, I do agree that people do seem to judge women more harshly! 3y
Hooked_on_books This has been proven in studies, based on how people view women and what the expectations are. 3y
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Kathrin
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Starting this one today.

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Giabow
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There seems to be a theme with my reading lately ... #feminist #freebie #riotgram #bookstagram @bookriot

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Hollie1
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Has anyone read #feministfightclub? I read I'm judging you recently and this came up as recommended so I thought I would give it a go... would love to hear what you thought! #books #imjudgingyou #feminist

geodynamical I guess if you're into judging... 3y
Hollie1 @geodynamical not sure what you mean? 3y
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Nebklvr
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Small town Nebraska equality parade

SaraBeagle Which wonderful small town is this? 3y
Nebklvr @SaraBeagle Loup City 3y
SaraBeagle @Nebklvr My mom's family is out in the Genoa area. Nice to see another Nebraskan on Litsy! 😁 3y
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Nebklvr @SaraBeagle Go big red! 3y
Dragon 👍🐉 3y
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FairyHighRoad
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"Women in this country must become revolutionaries." - Shirley Chisholm I thought I would be using my Madam President journal to write that we finally had a woman President. Instead, I will fill it with books written by amazing women. ??????

BookishMarginalia Welcome to Litsy! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's a great thing to use it for! I got one of those too! 3y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! I immediately thought of you @BookishFeminist and the @LitsyFeministBookClub when I saw this ☺️! If you don't have this one on your TBR stack already, it seems like a great new release 😁👍🏻. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

BookishMarginalia I have it! ✅ 3y
MrBook @BookishMarginalia WOOHOO! You would, you #bookstoreaficianado you 😆😉👍🏻! 3y
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Dewthedo17
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"Women in this country must become revolutionaries" hell yes.

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whatthelog
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I LOVE THIS BOOK

#womenwriters #feminism

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whatthelog
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thanks feminist fight club for getting me to my goal of 100 books this year! now bring on 2017 x

#goodreads #weneeddiversebooks

BookishFeminist 🎉🎉🎉 great job! 3y
whatthelog @BookishFeminist thanks!!! Gonna try and smash that next year 😄 3y
LauraBeth Awesome 😀😀😀🎉🎉🎉 3y
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Owlizabeth
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I enjoyed this! Although I'm not a "career" person and don't work in an office currently, the sexism pointed out in the book is (obviously) around us always. I liked the illustrations and the puns. Skims the surface of race and trans* issues and is focused on white collar jobs, so a bit of white affluence privilege throughout. ??????1/2

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Londonista
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Not much new in here for the seasoned feminist but it's a timely call to action in the face of increasing misogyny in the media and politics. The first rule of Feminist Fight Club? We DO f*cking talk about it!

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alholstrom
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Hey, ho, let's go. 🤘

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Nebklvr
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Great on audio. Wonderful tips on everything from supporting each other to negotiating a raise

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SharonGoforth
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#bookhaul #3, this time from Joseph-Beth. (Lots of Mary Oliver today...) I also picked up some new titles by favorite authors. #overthis #selfcaresaturday #diversebooks #blacklivesmatter #feminist #LGTBQ

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Owlizabeth
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#personalprogress I was able to read this without bursting into tears. #overit #feminist #readfeministbooks

Susannah I've got this waiting for me at the library! 👍 3y
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I love the real world examples used to illustrate the points made. Also, am I the only one holding her breath for Michelle to run in 2020?

vivastory @Owlizabeth She gave the most memorable and moving speeches since the democratic convention. We knew Elizabeth Warren would be a great surrogate, I think everyone was a little surprised by Michelle Obama's performances. 3y
queerbookreader I think she was asked this once and was like "no way in hell" ? but she's had a first hand perspective for 8 years on how tough the job is so I feel like she'd know pretty well if she could handle it or not haha 3y
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Owlizabeth
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🙋🏼🙋🏻🙋🏽🙋🏾🙋🏿 #overit #feminist

queerbookreader Love it!! Nothing more powerful on this planet 💁🏻 3y
SharonGoforth I have this on hold at the library. Can't wait till it comes in. 3y
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Owlizabeth
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I chose to start this while I try to sleep after a rough day. My mourning period is not over, but the wallowing is. #continuefighting #imwithyou #notover #feministfightclub

BookishFeminist Mourn today, raise hell tomorrow. 💪🏼 3y
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seebiscan
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Devastated doesn't even begin to cover it. But I felt inspired by @LauraBeth and her comment about getting involved--if this election has taught me anything, it's that nothing can be taken for granted. We need to shape our world into the one we want it to be. I signed up for a mentorship program for girls at under-resourced schools because I refuse to live in a world where girls think they have limits. Let's show the world what we can do.

LauraBeth How awesome ❤️❤️ you go show those sweet girls how much they matter and that they have zero limits 😀💪 3y
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Bookchipmunk
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Weekend TBR: I've had a crazy busy couple of weeks working round the clock and came home to this book mail gift from my Dad. He bought it for me even though "*This book is 21 percent more expensive for men" ❤️ Aloha Friday ??

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Beholderess
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First reaction: damn those people ahead of me in line
Second reaction: who are those people? I wish to meet them, we have a lot to talk about!
#library #reallifereading #nonfiction