Nasty Women ~ 404 Ink

Nasty Women


I loved this collection of essays from women about their experiences of being a woman. Each essay targeted a different part of each woman’s identity, and I learned so much. This felt like sitting down for a cup of coffee to have some really intense discussions on what makes being a woman so great and at the same time what are some of the challenges different women face for their race, gender, or sexuality.

This book felt like a whirlwind of unique experiences that can help anyone to empathize more with other women. The goal (I think) is to put out more perspectives to help people realize how diverse feminism really needs to be, and to think more about the necessity of intersectionality.

I particularly loved two essays, one from a short-statured person about her experiences trying to make spaces more open for people who are differently abled. She decided to use a wheelchair to help her with her mobility, and she saw her wheelchair as liberating. But not everyone had the same perspective, and she often found that people wouldn’t listen to her perspective, thinking they knew better than her what she needed or wanted.

The other essay I truly enjoyed came from a woman of Indian descent who travelled and lived in many different countries. She was very clear about times when she had lived her life apologetically, trying to make others feel comfortable despite their racism and sexism towards her. She decided she no longer wanted to live her life in that way, and now takes a stand as often as she can. She describes using incredibly personal and emotional vocabulary just how exhausting it is to be on either side, either enabling people to treat you poorly or standing up for yourself and your rights.

These are just two examples of the many powerful and diverse perspectives. I appreciated also that not all of the essays were from the USA – many were from different countries in the UK. This book left me feeling like I want to do more to support fellow women from all different backgrounds, and encouraged me to continue thinking about how to help make more inclusive spaces for everyone.

My only complaint with this book is that some of the essays felt a bit choppy at times, and it definitely took energy to read this book. However, it was absolutely worth all the energy spent, and I would recommend this book to anyone.

I received a copy of this book forever ago from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sorry I didn’t read this sooner!


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