Hey guys! How is your Friday night going? Clearly mine is very exciting seeing as though I’m writing another book review.
This one has taken me a few days to conjure up exactly what I’d like to say but first, here’s the synopsis of Girl Up by Laura Bates.
They told you you need to be thin and beautiful.
They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.
They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty.
They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place.
They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’.
They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.
Well I’m here to tell you something different.
Hilarious, jaunty and bold, GIRL UP exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of a sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.
I read this book and found myself chuckling a few times. The way that it’s written is straightforward and very knowledgeable with the current climate around women’s bodies and their sexualization. It’s aware of the world we’re living in and the way that we feel we have to continually say sorry for either not being enough or being too much. When we’re too much we’re the dreaded f-word (feminist) and yet when we’re not enough we’re looked at as meek and mild.
This book explains some basics; like that you can say no to anything at any time with any person and that’s you not giving consent. It also further describes female anatomy and talks about how sex is not and should not be a taboo subject. The more we know about sex the more we know how to be safe and what exactly is normal (like when you should report a sexual assault or anything along those lines).
It also talks about key points like body image and porn. Those topics aren’t the easiest to talk about nor the most interesting. It’s a little bit hard to really include them in this book but Bates did a wonderful job tying both topics in.
This probably isn’t a book I’d read again but definitely would recommend to teens who are about to enter college. Just because of the subject matter I do not think that it is suitable for younger teens and due to a bit of foul language as well.
While this was well written, I did find myself skimming the last 100 pages of it just to be done. Horrible, I know, but sometimes you just lose interest in a book and don’t want to shelve it as DNF (did not finish).
Thanks for reading!