The time to demand real equality for women and girls
Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford might just raise a ruckus . if only she had told us how. It's a no-holding back journey through many difficult and taboo topics which are unique to females.
Overall the book felt like a long rant not a love letter as she calls it. I tried hard to like it, but the negativity, anger and swearing wore me down. Women have made some great advances in achieving equality and it's not all doom and gloom. Sure, I agree we've got a long way to go.
Clementine's writing at times can be surprisingly captivating, if you agree with her argument. It's a very personal story about some very tough topics. She doesn't shy away from eating disorders, abortion, anxiety and hate mail.
Clementine's writing often contains sarcasm which I think gets lost on the page without the accompanying body language and tone, or emojis to emphasis the point. It's good see books written about feminism from an Australian perspective, but her language and gutter talk just rubs me the wrong way.
'A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty,' says Clementine. 'I want to do this for all women and young girls to take the emptiness and numbness they feel about being a girl in this world and turn it into rage and power. I want to teach all of them how to Fight Like a Girl.'
The book concludes that it's ok to be angry, but I would have like to see some practical steps for expressing these strong emotions in a healthy and effective way.
Fight Like a Girl you're going to love it or hate it, but I suspect this one will appeal to the younger generations more.
Fight Like a Girl is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9781760292362 Published by Allen & Unwin
About the author
Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne.