Nasty Women by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Nasty Women

Twenty-Three Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and SolidarityWhen 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump's America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward.Featuring essays by REBECCA SOLNIT on Trump and his "misogyn...

Details Nasty Women

TitleNasty Women
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherPicador USA
GenreFeminism, Writing, Essays, Nonfiction, Politics

Reviews Nasty Women

  • Nat
    Feminist collections are truly not letting me down this month. With The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont and now this empowering book, I’m pretty much settled for the year. Speaking of which, I began 2017 with Nasty Women by 404 Ink, and with the end in sight, I finished it with another Nasty Women.But whereas 404 Ink's Nasty Women is a call-to-action for feminists to share their experiences and accounts on what it is to be ...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThe last presidential election made me very upset. Like many Americans, I asked myself, "How did this man get elected?" But also, "Why were so many people willing to overlook all the terrible things he said? Why did 53% of women vote for him, despite the remarks he made about women of all kinds?" And, most terrifyingly of all: "How did we become so willing to turn a blind eye to, or, worse, a...
  • Monica
    This collection represents the views of many women in America today. The underlying theme here is one very hard to understand fact: 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. Women as group (including white women who did not vote for Trump), are having a really hard time absorbing this. It begs the question, is there a feminist movement when a large part of the constituency seems to be working at crossed purposes? The statistic blatantly outs a l...
  • Amanda
    I'm going to start by saying that I actually read this. I can't believe I have to put that, but based on most of the star ratings, with no written reviews, on a book that isn't out until next week, it is clear that many have not. Ironic considering the point of the essays in this book. (And yes, I do believe that 5 star reviews by people who don't read the book are also an issue. I hate when people do that just because they "love" the author or t...
  • Melissa
    If you read one essay from this book, read Mary Kathryn Nagle’s “Nasty Native Women” - that is a history lesson and a sermon in one. And once you’ve read that, read the rest of the book. The contributors are diverse, the subjects and responses are diverse, and the ideas for what to do next are myriad.
  • Tonstant Weader
    Nasty Women is a collection of 23 essays responding to the Great Betrayal that was the 2016 election. Edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, this collection unites the voices of women with all kinds of identities in contemplation of the world we woke up to on November 9th.For some reason, the media is far more interested in the belligerent whining of white men and white women whose feelings were hurt by black hands on the steering wheel...
  • Latiffany
    Samantha Irby is a contributor to Nasty Women and she is one of my favorite writers. When she promoted this book on social media I immediately purchased it. For such a short book, this was a tough read. I read this book directly after reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton and that was a terrible idea. I felt overwhelmed with information about Donald Trump, his family, his base, his reluctant allies, white women, inclusion, transexuals, racism,...
  • Ran
    This collection of essays managed to wring just about every emotion out of me while I read it. Anger misery, and despair at the election results; disbelief at how Americans treat each other; etc. And yet the last essay All American by Nicole Chung made me feel that I should tackle again that issue of politics about white people across political divides. As an Asian-American, she sends e-mail missives to her white family regarding her thoughts on ...
  • sharon
    I feel like I've been waiting for this book since the election. It is so, so cathartic to witness the rage and grief of other women over our current administration. Especially appreciated the attention paid to soliciting contributions beyond the usual roster of white, cishet, able-bodied women -- this was a truly intersectional collection with a wide range of viewpoints and suggestions for how to move forward, with the overall message that what i...
  • Patty
    ”As it turned out, nearly everything strange and disquieting about Trump – his punitive response to even mile criticism, his viscerally personal insults disguised as ‘jokes,’ his willingness to spread wild rumors about his targets in order to discredit or shame them, his inability to stop lashing out or degrading certain women years after they’d left his life – was also a commonly reported behavior of domestic abusers.” Sady Doyle, ...
  • wnyg
    I picked up this anthology at the library and went into it with very specific expectations. First, I expected a spectrum of feminist thought I could glean from. Second, as a minority woman who was also deeply affected by November 6th, I was hoping this book would provide me with a sense of solidarity, catharsis, and closure. Third, I expected well-reasoned and thoughtful rationale -- one meant to address the wider audience and garner support for ...
  • Anna
    Leading up to the election I was a bit nervous that people weren't taking Trump seriously enough. The main thought process was that reason will prevail overall so there was no need to worry. The thing is, having friends in the UK who told me that they and their friends felt similarly about the Brexit vote made me intensely fearful. We know what happened there. I obviously had that shred of hope as well despite my fears that reason would indeed pr...
  • Victoria
    This was an unfocused, uneven collection of essays, loosely organized around women sharing their experiences—their fears, their disappointments, their sadnesses—under Trump’s presidency. Some of the essays really conveyed that experience; I found these to be revelatory, thought-provoking, and often challenging. Nichole Chung’s “All-American” was the standout essay for me, conveying the complexity of her experience and the various tens...
  • Caitlin
    What an exceptional collection of essays! They were all so captivating, SO well written (I’m not surprised), so full of emotion and truth and power. I don’t live in the States but even so, I connected to the dire state of affairs in that nation because Canada shares some similar problems. This is a must read, if only to prove that women/feminists have always been and will continue to be the best chance we have at a better world for everyone.
  • Miri
    I think this is the first time I’ve read one of these essay collections and thought that ALL of the essays were well-written and important. Usually it’s much more of a mixed bag, so that was cool. That said, I don’t recommend reading it all in a day like I did, since each essay is about Trump at least partially and that’s exhausting.
  • Allison
    everyone I know is getting a copy of this. This makes sense of everything I've been feeling and taught me more about the state of our intersectional Feminist moment than I could have imagined. required reading.
  • Lauren Bourke
    A great read for anyone disillusioned by the current state of American politics, specifically by who occupies the White House. The essays bring all points of the feminist movement into view, not just the needs of the white/cisgendered population, which is important as the future of our country depends on the equal inclusion of all those who have a stake in this country. The essays allow you to commiserate with like minded individuals also traumat...
  • Jackie
    I read every essay from this book. I read several to my boyfriend. While each essay didn't strike a chord for me, many did. I think this is an important read for all women living in the US today. See this as your call to action. If you are conservative, see this as a book that teaches you about the other women in your life. Read it out loud to your boyfriend/girlfriend. Tweet your representatives about your opinions (I did this yesterday for the ...
  • Peggy
    This is the best book I have read so far this year. The diversity of each author's essay and perspective is thought provoking. I think this book of essays would make a perfect book club selection for discussion. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite essay but 2 that I especially loved were "As long as it's Healthy" and "All-American".
  • Ginny Beck
    Like any essay collection, this one was a mixed bag. I actually almost put it down when the first few essays in a row were focused almost exclusively on white women processing their emotions about Hillary Clinton losing the election (with Bernie Sanders bashing thrown in? Like, why?) but as the collection went on and we got to hear from more diverse voices focused on exploring issues, critiquing the feminist movement, and offering specific calls ...
  • Jaleenajo
    This book was fantastic. I learned so much and was so inspired by the diverse voices in this collection. It discusses intersectional feminism and different womens' reactions to the 2016 election, the first few months of Trump's presidency, and how to resist. Highly, highly recommend!
  • Ricardo
    I picked this up originally for the recognized contributors (Rebecca Solnit, Samantha Irby, and Alicia Garza) to this collection of essays, but was overwhelming impressed with most with of the essayists of this collection. The essays are all largely inspired in some way by the 2016 election and all have different points of interest (transgender rights, mental health issues, the working class, racism, etc.), but the underlying point of the entiret...
  • Katie
    This is not a long book, but it took me a long time to read because the outcome of the 2016 Election is difficult to process. These essays showcase so many emotions: anger, sadness, hopelessness, and most importantly, resilience. The women who make up this book are diverse, thoughtful, and incredibly smart. I found myself pausing after each essay, turning their arguments over and over. Many of them I agreed with, some I didn't, but I always wante...
  • Dusty Roether
    What an amazing collection of essays! It took me a year and a half after the election to get around to reading anything addressing the election. I was just too shocked and upset to challenge myself with it. But I read this collection at the right time. My favorite essay, without a doubt, was “As Long As It’s Healthy” by Sarah Michael Hollenbeck. In particular, this really resonated with me as a deaf blind person:“In my experience of disab...
  • Cathy
    This book offers a wide range of perspectives—all feminist, all left-of-center—on issues raised for feminist women, people of color, LGBTQ folk, immigrants, poor people, Muslims by the Trump presidency. What are effective ways to resist? How do those wanting to resist form alliances with those who differ from us? Who should be speaking? Who should be listening? Any feminist reading this will find voices to agree with and voices that will chal...
  • Alyssa
    The series of essays in this book cover many topics - trans visibility, labor rights, alcohol use after the 2016 election. It's not the hardest book to get through, mostly because it's hard to figure out where your headspace is with everything else going on. Not every essay resonated with me, but the authors who contributed to this collection are thoughtful, brilliant and diverse. My favorite essay was Sarah Hepola's, about resisting the urge to ...
  • Lydia Cayton
    This book is so incredibly important and the essays are impeccably written. This book needs to be read by anyone who’s involved with activism or hoping to be involved, especially as it pertains to women’s issues. This book focuses on intersectionality and its importance in social movements. I learned so much from the women who wrote these essays and it’s given me new perspectives on my role within activism, and how to ensure that the moveme...
  • Liz
    Great essays by a diverse group of women on their thoughts and reactions to Trump being elected President. I felt like Cheryl Strayed when she said, believing that Hillary was going to win, "the fact of my wrongness felt like a blunt-force blow." Many of us felt that same way on the day after the election.
  • Laura Bang
    It hurts. The 2016 election and its aftermath will never not hurt. But it's always good to be reminded that we are not alone. I really appreciated the diversity of perspectives and voices in these essays. It's important to remember the many, many ways we are all affected by this administration.
  • Michelle
    Required reading.