Fed Up by Gemma Hartley

Fed Up

From Gemma Hartley, the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labor, comes Fed Up, a bold dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long—and an impassioned vision for creating a better future for us all.Day in, day out, women anticipate and manage the needs of others. In relationships, we initiate the hard conversations. At home, we shoulder the mental load required to keep our households running. ...

Details Fed Up

TitleFed Up
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Womens, Politics

Reviews Fed Up

  • Maggie
    This is a thought-provoking book on the unseen emotional labor of women, how society has shaped both men and women's acceptance of this role, and what we can do about it. While well-researched it's also not a slog, and I read it in big gulps.
  • joni edelman
    Necessary. I’d like to see this be required feminist reading. Gemma tackles The hard stuff here with insight and intellect. Next step: CHANGE.
  • Cari
    Hartley's in-depth analysis of emotional labor and its implications across Western society breaks ground in this discipline. Stemming from a Harper's Bazaar article – “Women Aren’t Nags, We’re Just Fed Up” – the book explores how emotional labor and its distribution affects everyone. Emotional labor is the work we do to help each other out as human beings: in the context of an American, privileged family, that’s usually Mom scheduli...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    I was excited to read this book because the blog post that had led to this book being written resonated so strongly with me. I read it in a day and was not disappointed. It's not a long book but there is so much in here that matters that I'm going to take it chapter by chapter after my overview. Overall, it's about women doing the vast majority of the "emotional labor" "Invisible work" "mental labor", for the purposes of this book, we will call i...
  • Reema Zaman
    With tremendous insight, candor, and warmth, Gemma Hartley deftly and confidently moves us through this complex conversation on women, emotional labor, and more. She gives us her all, and in doing so, we readers become better, humbler, stronger, and wiser. Countless women, as mothers, partners, and individuals, have struggled with feeling forgotten or lost in the midst of taking care of others. The gorgeous gift of Hartley's writing is it lets us...
  • North Landesman
    Glad Hartley wrote this book. First "feminist theory" book I have read. It helps me understand some of the issues and concerns facing women much better. The middle dragged, but the beginning and end were strong. Near the end Hartley stressed the importance of clear communication, not just complaining. She makes some insightful points here. I do question how perfectionism gets such a free pass here. A deeply, deeply, unpleasant read, but a useful ...
  • Stephanie
    Thorough, practical, enlightening.