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‘Timely, necessary and important’ J.K. Rowling

Feminism is a quest for the liberation of women from patriarchy. Feminism strives for a world in which women are not oppressed. Feminism prioritises exposing and ending male violence towards women and girls.

This is Julie Bindel’s feminism, a definition born of 40 years at the front line of the feminist movement. Why then, she asks, is feminism the only social justice movement in the world that is expected to prioritise every other issue before pursuing its own objective of women’s liberation? Why does the movement appear to be moving backwards, accommodating the rights and feelings of men and leaving women in the cold? Women make up half the global population yet why is feminism still treated as a minority movement?

In this searing and ground-breaking book, Bindel deconstructs the many pervasive myths about feminism – Do women really want what men have? Can men be feminists? Are women liberated by sexual violation? – assessing whether feminism has achieved its goals and debunking theories that second wave feminism is irrelevant and one-dimensional.

Bindel shines a light on the most important issues, including pornography, sexual violence and prostitution. Drawing on Bindel’s own experiences, as well as countless interviews with women and girls of all ages and backgrounds (as well as contributions from commentators such as Gloria Steinem and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), Feminism for Women presents a clear-sighted view of why feminism is a proud social movement that every woman on the planet benefits from.

The invisible forces of misogyny affect us all.

This book is a call to arms to reclaim feminism for all women.

Only together can we resist and overcome.

Reviews

Timely, necessary and important
J.K. Rowling
A sharply argued, deftly written examination of where feminism is at in 2021 - and where feminists should go next
Selina Todd
Bindel's campaigning to end male violence is the rallying call men need to join the fight
David Challen
Enlightening, infuriating and hopeful. Julie Bindel hits all the relevant points when it comes to feminism and what it means
Martina Navratilova
I disagree with Bindel on some issues but God, she's my kind of feminist . . . She is fearless. I love her
Ian Martin
Whoever gave away feminism, look out, because Julie Bindel wants it back
Cordelia Fine
Feminism for Women needs to come with a very large trigger warning: 'this book may change your mind'. Written for young feminists, it should be read by everyone. Bindel has rescued the story of radical feminism from airless conference halls and impenetrable Gender Studies courses specialising in erasing feminists and our histories
Gita Sahgal
Julie Bindel - one of the bravest, smartest journalists and campaigners out there - draws on a fearless lifetime on the front line of feminism and offers a refreshing, sometimes provocative, wake-up call for women of all ages
Samira Ahmed