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Some good points but mostly misunderstands the people it's criticizing
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2020
Somewhat interesting but mostly a muddle of disjointed points. Here's an example that pretty well captures the book. The author talks about her "benevolent" but sexist grandfather, who prefers traditional gender roles. She speaks about telling him off in several ways, including about her own marriage and marital decisions. Then she says he is "patriarchy in action." Well, no, he's not. He's sexist, sure, but he's not implementing patriarchy--she's proud to say that he doesn't control her or anyone else. In fact, she's proud to say that no man controls her. Some patriarchy! There are similar errors constantly throughout the book. Take white, wealthy feminists who are concerned about salary inequality in the corporate manager ranks. Does that have much impact on gun violence in the inner city (which is her Chapter 1)? No. So? That doesn't mean that white, wealthy feminists are necessarily self-centered and ignorant. It just means they are working on a particular issue. Those same feminists may be simultaneously or serially working on many other issues. Or take gun violence, her Chapter 1. White, wealthy feminists are not cheering gun violence in the inner city, and have just about zero to do with it--they aren't the typical gun seller or gangland shooter. Do they not care? Polls suggest they do care, and they vote in a way that they think will help (e.g., they vote for anti-gun Democrats). The whole book seems to be picking a fight that makes no sense. It's fair to point out that many of the priorities of white, wealthy feminists are of little relevance to poor black women in inner cities but that does NOT mean that white, wealthy feminists' efforts are at the EXPENSE of those other women. The world isn't one big pie in which efforts by one group come at the expense of the other. Are white, wealthy feminists sometimes tone deaf? Doubtless, yes. But this author is pretty tone-deaf herself, and she doesn't have many coherent points about how mainstream (read: white) feminism is making her worse off in any way.