100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism

100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism

A memoir of sexism, harassment, and assault.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...

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  • Niklas Pivic

    This book is a modern beacon where sexism is concerned, when focusing on sexual violence.

    From its introduction:

    This book is a modern beacon where sexism is concerned, when focusing on sexual violence.

    From its introduction:

    I must admit, being a white, middle-aged man, that the last sentence in that paragraph woke me up somewhat. A second after reading it, I thought, "Oh yes, most people don't actively try and think as feminists".

    The real need to read this book, for me, doesn't have to do with the fact that I enjoy feminist literature; personally, I believe sexism to be one of the biggest problems that humanity is not only facing but has faced for a very long time, but the thing about this book that truly helped me, are the many and versatile ways through which Woods has been subjected to sexism from men; it viscerally and intellectually reminded me of reading Laura Bates's "Everyday Sexism", and also following the #everydaysexism hashtag on Twitter, as they exposed the far-reaching nature of men's verbal violence and discrimination of others than men in ways I had not experienced before.

    So, the book starts:

    Now, thinking about that, I suppose that some men may think "It's a boy's prank!" but Woods is right; that last sentence does put the finger on the matter; a girl could probably not have gotten away with doing the same thing to a boy, and they're five years old. The old "boys being boys" idiocy just has to stop, and reading that paragraph kind of validates that the tombstone needs to be in-place soon.

    This example is also mind-numbingly horrific, in my mind; to even joke about something like sexualising a six-year-old child is in the realm of the insane. It's not OK, it's not acceptable, and it's assault. To be male and to propagate the behaviour is simply degenerate and punishable.

    Early into the book, it stunned me. I had to put it down and recognise how most men, I wager, seldom come across this pap. It's simply not in "our" world, by which I mean that a lot of men seem to think "well, it doesn't happen to me, which means it doesn't happen", which is solipsistic beyond sanity.

    Reading this book is a mind cleanser; for me, it's like sobering up.

    is what the incel sexists need to read and not hang out at Twitter and Reddit and become even more stupid.

    The incident that is described in the following two paragraphs recently replayed, in near-entirety, where I live, in Sweden:

    That event was actually explained and deemed to be completely justified in the eyes of some persons, which I believe is at the gist of what we men need to do when hearing of sexism being performed in any way: we need to point it out and denounce it immediately.

    On another note, I love how Woods prints small facts about hailed persons, showing them for what they actually are:

    Sure, Mailer was a celebrated artist, but he also (much like Pablo Picasso) was a complete sexist, which must be known for all admirers of "The Arts" who try to explain away the behaviours of sexists everywhere.

    Some times, while reading the book, there comes a story that somehow ends on a good note, despite of something tragic having taken place:

    It's poetic, in the middle of all the hate. Woods does carry off the hard task of balancing her stories while maintaining good prosody; this book

    well.

    Woods also speaks of how all transgender persons that she was close to, who revealed their coming out/transitioning to living as a woman lost their job within a year of doing so; about how she asked a male friend to read her exact words from a script to make another man act; how she was chased by a bunch of boys with baseball bats who tried to kill her (according to herself and at least one witness; how cis males believe they can "turn" lesbians; how men blatantly and without any context tell her to shave her legs, etc.

    This book is a triumphant achievement. If I worked in a school, I'd try my best to force it to buy a very large amount of copies and spread it everywhere. Physically grown men need this. People need to talk about this, mainly men. And let's not forget that sexism exists everywhere; women do it too.

    I give this book 5/5 without even thinking about another grade. This is masterful and immensely needed by all, realising it or not.

  • Paula Hartman

    The author (Chavisa Woods) shares 100 examples of sexism that she herself has experienced since she was 5 years old. As she says in the book, there have been many, MANY more incidents than that but these were the most significant to her.

    I think both women and men can gain a lot from this book. For women, her experiences will be very familiar. For men, it's a good way to learn how sexism negatively affects women, how draining it can be to deal with that kind of thing every.fricking.day. Woods mak

    The author (Chavisa Woods) shares 100 examples of sexism that she herself has experienced since she was 5 years old. As she says in the book, there have been many, MANY more incidents than that but these were the most significant to her.

    I think both women and men can gain a lot from this book. For women, her experiences will be very familiar. For men, it's a good way to learn how sexism negatively affects women, how draining it can be to deal with that kind of thing every.fricking.day. Woods makes it clear that she doesn't hate men, that she has male friends and that she knows that not all men are assholes but she also doesn't apologize for letting men know when they have crossed a line and fucked up.

    I've heard some guys say, "OMG, it has gotten to the point where you can't even TALK to a woman in a bar," and Woods calls that out for the bullshit it is. She is a queer woman but she is fine with flirting, with someone finding her attractive, etc. However, if the man doesn't back off when she says she's not interested, she doesn't put up with it. She's fierce and I love it.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Chavisa Woods tells 100 stories of harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault from her own life (age 5 - now) to show the pervasive nature of these incidents in an average woman's life. It didn't matter if she was in a Midwestern small town or New York City, drunk or sober, walking alone at night or at her place of employment. I think all women could write their own collection. I think it should be required reading.

    I had a copy from 7 stories press. I can also recommend her collection of sh

    Chavisa Woods tells 100 stories of harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault from her own life (age 5 - now) to show the pervasive nature of these incidents in an average woman's life. It didn't matter if she was in a Midwestern small town or New York City, drunk or sober, walking alone at night or at her place of employment. I think all women could write their own collection. I think it should be required reading.

    I had a copy from 7 stories press. I can also recommend her collection of short stories -

    .

  • Sarah Schulman

    This is a book that makes you think about your life differently. The female reader cannot avoid cataloguing at least a symbolic portion of their experiences being degraded or diminished, threatened. I watched Chavisa develop the manuscript on Facebook, but reading the actual final draft really reveals her strength, focus and determination because facing the frequency and resonance of these experiences is very difficult. Maybe an "Artists Way" type of workbook could be created helping each of us

    This is a book that makes you think about your life differently. The female reader cannot avoid cataloguing at least a symbolic portion of their experiences being degraded or diminished, threatened. I watched Chavisa develop the manuscript on Facebook, but reading the actual final draft really reveals her strength, focus and determination because facing the frequency and resonance of these experiences is very difficult. Maybe an "Artists Way" type of workbook could be created helping each of us have the courage to do the work that she does here, because - while difficult- it does produce understanding.

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