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Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies): Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,197 ratings  ·  243 reviews
An urgent and inspirational collection of essays by a diverse group of celebrities, activists, and artists about what feminism means to them, with the goal of helping readers come to their own personal understanding of the word.

Feminism has never been more deeply and widely embraced and discussed, but what exactly does the F word mean?

Here, personal stories from actors, w
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Penguin
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Lucy Langford
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”At a time when we are too often reminded of what divides us, there is common ground to be found when we share our stories.” - Emma Watson.

This is an inspirational and powerful book in the time of #MeToo and other movements and protests surrounding gender equality. This book comprises a plethora of actors, activists, journalists and others of "celebrity" status on what Feminism means to them.

These essays are incredibly personal and each one unique. Each examines what feminism means to tha
Fa Orozco
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al ser tantos textos hubo algunos que me encantaron y otros que no me gustaron nada, pero en si el libro me parece interesante ojalá lo hubiera leído a los 18 años.

Es una introducción amable y digerible al feminismo, con voces cercanas y con mucha experiencia, no solo en el tema sino en la lucha diaria de ser mujer en un mundo de hombres.

A veces es repetitivo, así que recomiendo leerlo en cachos, con otras lecturas en medio. Además de ayudar en la repetición, resulta mucho más enriquecedor inves
This book was truly motivational, and I feel like it has opened my eyes perhaps a little wider, to what feminism means to some rather amazing women. We all have our own definition of feminism, and exactly what it means to us. We all have different ways of acting on it, if one does at all. We all fight the patriarchy in our own individual ways.
This book contains thoughts, essays and poetry from some truly motivational and frankly, fucking amazing women. Many topics are covered here, such as sexis
This book needed half the essays, but at twice the length each. In its current form, it ends up as a collection of punchy but ultimately dissatisfying soundbites.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating this book is pretty tough because I realized pretty fast that I had made a mistake : I was not the public targeted for that collection of essays on feminism. The fact that adult women, older than me, were saying it was a brilliant book that everyone should read made me buy it. But it actually feels more like a book for teenagers, for very young women wanting to know more about that new word they just learned : feminism and not a book for a 30+ woman that has been a feminist since she was ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The proof is only around 60 pages so I finished it within an hour BUT in those 60 pages there is so much information on feminism and personal experiences that’s it’s easy to mistake it for a much larger book. I loved being able to see feminism through a variety of perspectives from a wide range of women - I’m currently trying to educate myself more on modern issues including feminism, racial bias etc and this was the perfect first step !
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Who says feminists can't wear pink?!

What a wonderful way to kick off the new year, with a great book like this!

This book is a collection of personal essays written by a multitude of brave, clever, strong, passionate women. Some of them you might know before you start reading - like Kiera Knightly, Emma Watson and Kat Dennings - others you will want to know after reading their story! Each essay is a personal story of what feminism means to the individual woman.

These stories are wonderful because
I feel like we have all at some point walked away from an important conversation because we felt overwhelmed by our lack of knowledge. “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink” is a safe haven. Honest, hilarious and open, a space for exploration.
Maritza Dubravac
Seriously, YES to everything in this wonderful feminist collection.
As pointed out in the introduction, Feminists Don't Wear Pink isn't an academic collection of feminist essays, but a collection of essays, thoughts, poetry, etc. on all kinds of topics by all kinds of badass women. It's about intersectionality, it covers the history of the waves of feminism (also pointing out the less beautiful aspects of the history of feminism, such as racism), it talks about periods, and about answering the m
Ich wollte es lesen, ich wollte es mögen, ich wollte wichtige neue Erkenntnisse daraus ziehen. Nach über 100 Seiten Lektüre ist mir das aber einfach nicht gelungen - die Texte waren größtenteils unfassbar eindimensional und pathetisch und haben mir beim Lesen einfach nichts gebracht. Schade - vielleicht werde ich noch einige bestimmte Texte daraus lesen, aber falls ich es nicht tun sollte, habe ich ehrlich gesagt auch nicht das Gefühl, irgendwas verpasst zu haben.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Rose  Heartfilia
There are many thoughts to be formed and things to be said when you want to open your mouth and just speak. However, sometimes those words don't come and in waves of anger or sadness only tears show up, which is something that can happen too when you laugh, laugh so hard you cry. Perhaps I did not laugh that hard this time around but it is not something to be forgotten. I am going to make the most honest and personal review I have ever done because I feel that is necessary and that it makes me p ...more
Tara Costello
Although 'Feminists Don't Wear Pink' is more diverse than most of its kind, the book still falls a little short for me. It's still overwhelmingly heteronormative and focuses largely on cisgender women, but I guess it's more about the curator's connections and who she wanted to contribute. The language irked me at times too and it did genuinely feel like inclusivity was an afterthought stuck on at the end. For example, there is a line in an essay about periods which states in brackets "(though no ...more
Kathryn Speckels
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Tl;dr - a mixture of cool essays and trite, fluffy pseudo-essays that detracted from the whole.

As many of you know, I've been on a "feminist essay" kick lately, and given that this book had such a wide range of contributors--activists, celebrities, writers, and more--I had high hopes. Those hopes were only partially fulfilled.

The purpose of this book, I think, was to provide a wider-lens picture of feminism, showing women at all different stages of their feminist journeys. There are women who h
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're starting to get yourself educated into feminism I think this would be a great starter for you. Also, I think I would absolutely recommend it for 12 year old in advance. It has some sexy bit on it, but let's be honest, 12 year olds nowadays are not going to learn anything that the did not know before. And I think it will provide them with quite a lot of knowledge that will come in more than handy for their teens. Unfortunately.

I do have to say introduction or young public, as someone w
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A feminists must have read for their bookshelf.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I hardly have the words to describe what an incredible book this is. Ever since I saw it on the shelves I've wanted to read it. So many inspiring women contributed towards this book, each of their takes on feminism were thought provoking/ reassuring/hilarious/confidence boosting/empowering. A favourite of mine was Karen Gillan's story, it was very relatable! If you're interested in feminism, consider yourself a feminist or want to educate yourself on feminism, this is the book for you! ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The goal of the feminist movement...aims to give each person on this planet the freedom to live their life the way they want to live it, unhindered by sexism or oppression or aggression."

Some of my favourite contributions in this book include:

The Weaker Sex by Keira Knightly (so raw, so beautiful)
10 Ways to Support the Women in Your Life by Olivia Perez
The female Wank by Grace Campbell
Be a Fun Feminist by Nimco Ali
Dismantling and Destroying Internalised Misogyny: To-Do List by Dolly Alderton

I f
There's a lot in this book and some of the essays were really great, but it's almost impossible to keep that high a standard throughout so many different contributors.
This book is a great introduction to feminism and especially young feminists. I did notice that I wanted some more depth in the ideas that were being discussed. I would have liked to see the second half to go deeper into either academic, historical or modern-day feminism to balance out the easier reads.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely and funny collection of personal essays that help you gain consciousness about the layers of feminism. It makes you laugh, and think, and it makes you relate to others

It's easy reading. I would recommend it to anyone.

Este livro compila uma colecção de ensaios pessoais de várias mulheres sobre o feminismo. Ajuda-nos a ganhar consciência sobre as diferentes camadas do feminismo, faz-nos rir, pensar e identificar-nos com outras pessoas.

É uma leitura fácil que recomendaria a qualque
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich empfehle dieses Buch:
-jeden, der nicht weiß , was Feminismus ist
-jeden, der Angst hat sich als Feminist zu bezeichnen
-jeden, der weiß, was Feminist muss bedeutet
-jeden, der sich als Feminist bezeichnet
-jeden, der sich mit dem Thema Feminismus auseinander setzen möchte
-jeden, der sich nicht mit dem Thema Feminismus auseinander setzen möchte
-jeden, der Angst vor dem Feminismus hat
- meiner Mama, besten Freundin, Papa, Oma, Opa, Onkel, Tante, Cousine, Cousin, Freunden, Bekannten, Lehrern, Führun
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book is a bundle of awesome women right here in my pocket, ready for me to pick up any time & get a little boost of feminism.
Katrina Southern
This book has been on my radar since it was announced, but it really caught my attention after the recent Topshop controversy surrounding its sale there. I have to say that the decision made by a privileged, male CEO was ironic given the subject of the book but they missed out on a big opportunity here. Because this book is FANTASTIC and fully composed of everything that feminism should be. This feels like an extension of my original favourite feminist text - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'We Shoul ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars (half star cuz I liked one of the pieces)

The standout is undoubtedly "Weaker Sex" by Keira Knightley. 4 stars if that was the only piece in the book.

The book just lacked cohesion. There was an attempt for some structure by the various phases in one's feminist journey: epiphany, anger, joy, action, education and a completely random and unnecessary "poetry break".

Each piece varied so much in length and depth. Was the brief simply to write anything at all related to feminism?

As much as
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the pre published version sent to read.

I liked the different women in the world has contributed to this book , coming together to squash the small minded views around feminism and also correct the misunderstanding . That we can wear pink ! The truth of the matter is to be a feminist doesn’t mean superiority for different rights for women - it is equality and on that basis both men and women alike should all be feminist in their view of ensuring equal pay etc . The feminist movement its
Luna Bookish
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed the fact that this book had so many voices and talked on so many topics. There was a mixture of playlists, lists, essays, poetry, interviews and more. It was a wonderful read that allowed me to read the thoughts of some people I know, but also expose me to others I will now be looking into their work.

Another thing I loved was the continued reading section where books are recommended and also a section to workout your own thoughts on feminism. This book doesn't just talk at you,
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see what other women think about feminism. I never read non-fiction books so this was a very different type of book to what I like to read but I still enjoyed it. It didn't take me long to read and I liked to go through and see which people I agreed with most and which had completely different opinions to me. I would recommend this book to 14-16 year olds.
3.5 stars
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
I'd say it's more a 4.5. It was such an interesting read, I connected with so many stories and I felt suddenly less alone.
It gives you so much to think about, and inspires you to do something about it.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I really didn't want it to end! I learned so much about feminism history and current projects around the world, it was amazing and powerful. Now I really want to start a movement or something!
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