On the front line with the women who fight back

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I thought the stories in this book were fascinating – Stacey really highlights some incredible women here, as well as in her documentaries and I learned a lot about issues going on that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

Although I enjoyed all of the book, the most interesting chapter to me was about the issue of femicide in Honduras. It is horrifying to me that this is going on in the 21st century, and it is something that doesn’t get talked about in UK media – almost like the British media either don’t care or don’t want to look culturally insensitive by questioning machismo. I’m so glad Stacey highlights issues like this.

I also like that Stacey gives her opinions on these subjects, but also doesn’t claim to be an expert. She has a view based on the people she’s met and her research around the issues, but the book has enough information that you can make your own opinion about how you feel.

Stacey comes across as a genuine and honest person in this book – I think that part of what people love about her is that she feels like someone who could live on your street or could be a colleague, she’s so down to earth.

I went to see Stacey talking about this book at the Sage Gateshead and I think it really added to my enjoyment. Hearing her talk about her experiences in more depth made me really excited to read the book, and I love that she always comes across in the same way whether in her book, documentaries or live.

If I had to pick a flaw with the book I’d say the chapter on Trans prostitution didn’t feel as comfortable as the other chapters – some of the women were referred to as looking masculine, or else that having intercourse with a trans woman was not as straight as having sex with a cisgender women – I don’t think the chapter was necessarily transphobic, but it didn’t feel as well-written as the rest of the book.

I gave the book 5/5. I love Stacey Dooley and hearing her experiences, both at her talk and in this book really highlighted a lot of issues women are still going through in 2020.

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