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    A Cookbook for Dealing with Workplace Sexism

    As a manual--or a cookbook, as the author suggests--Feminist Fight Club excels. The book is divided into six parts, further divided into several smaller sections, each covering different aspects of sexist office life and how to deal with it. As a lover of lists this format really satisfies. Paragraphs and headings are separated by pictures and flowcharts, making reading a delight. I found myself giggling, nodding, and introspecting, as Bennett lays out not only how women are wronged in the workplace by men, but also how we wrong each other and ourselves. However, as a manifesto, I think FFC could use some work. Primarily, I found that the use of cisnormative language ran counter to the message of inclusivity. Examples being: equating XY chromosomes to maleness, the phrase "thou shalt employ a strong vagina-first policy", and following a sentence that ends with "all women" with a sentence that begins with "vagffirm." Granted, a few times Bennett calls attention to this, noting that all those who identify as women are welcome--but this begs the question, "if you're aware enough to know that this language is exclusive, why use this language in the first place?"
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    A must read.

    I don't know how to talk about this book without sounding hyperbolic, but I sincerely mean it when I say I believe my life would have been very different if I had read this book four years ago. It's certainly going to be different now that I have read it; normally, when I finish a book that I love, it goes on my 'favourites' shelf, but I will be keeping a copy of this book on my bedside table, and I will make an effort to re-read a few pages on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Before I had even finished the book, I had pre-ordered three new copies for my sisters, and I will continue to insist that all of my female friends and colleagues buy a copy to read themselves. Should I find myself prepping to become a parent one day, especially to a daughter, I will re-read this book again. This book should be required reading on all high school curricula.

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