Wednesday, October 9, 2019

100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Chavisa Woods

100 Times:
A Memoir of Sexism
by Chavisa Woods

Published: 2019
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Genre: Memoir, Short Stories, Feminism
Paperback: 231
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
In this book, I've cataloged one hundred formative incidents of sexist discrimination, violence, sexual harassment, assault, and attempted rape I've experienced from childhood to now, to paint a clear picture of the impact sexism has had on me throughout my life.

A catalog of one hundred incidents of sexism, harassment, and assault from age five to now by Lambda Literary Award finalist, Chavisa Woods. From gender-based discrimination in work places, to unsolicited groping from strangers in public, to the attempted assaults on herself and the assaults of close friends, Woods uses personal stories to prove that sexual violence and discrimination never just happen once, but that it is a consistent battle women and woman aligned people face every day. "All my life, when I've tried to talk to men about sexism, my main obstacle has just been trying to convince them it exists, and that it is something that actually has a deep and near constant impact on my life. When I talk to most women, though, [. . .] there is immediate understanding that the incidents we are discussing are part of an endless stream of sexist experiences."

100 Things is powerful in its straightforwardness, demonstrating how often women are forced to silently endure sexism and harassment and how men are encouraged to feel entitled to another person's space and body. Woods reveals that no age, orientation, time, or place helps prevent sexual violence and that a more in depth conversation is needed to bring it to an end.

My two-bits:
Whoa! and these are just 100 accounted for.


* monthly theme: True Crime, Hunger, Horror, Harassment
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