Instaread Summary, Analysis & Review of Jessica Bennett's Feminist Fight Club An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist Workplace)
Five out of five stars
The best way to open a review of the summary or even the book is to define the phrase “Feminist Fight Club.” That is best done by quoting key takeaway two:
“A Feminist Fight Club is a group of women who meet to support and advise each other on challenges unique to working women.”
In other words it is a support group, a phrase that sounds far less aggressive and hostile. Yet, hardly the title of a book that will grab your attention.
The key takeaways contain nothing that a person that has paid attention to the problems of sexism in the workplace has not heard or experienced before. One of the best lines is the very first one of the first key takeaway.
“Women continue to face intentional and unintentional workplace discrimination from both men and women.”
The point that it is both intentional and unintentional as well as being from both men and women is an extremely important one. It is often true that the intentional discrimination by a man grabs and holds the headlines, yet unintentional discrimination or that subtly done by another woman is overlooked. I have personally been told by females in my classes (I am a college professor) that their greatest difficulties at work were with other women.
The last key takeaway is one that women often overlook:
“Men can be valuable allies for women in the workplace if they work to give their female co-workers the credit they deserve and treat all co-workers equally.”
I would alter this to say, “A man can be your most valuable ally in the workplace . . .”
One interesting point of historical fact mentioned in the summary is that the first minimum wage law in the United States was enacted in Washington, D. C. The purpose was to provide a minimum hourly wage for women so that they would not be exploited.
From the “Author’s style” section it is clear that the book is written with an attitude as can be seen in the following sentence.
“The tone throughout is confrontational and irreverent in an apparent effort to solicit the solidarity of an assumed reader who has been obstructed or cheated by a system that disadvantages women.”
The intended audience for the book is clearly women with a problem of this type. Reading it will certainly help them better face their issues and the content of the summary will convince them of that.