The pocket guide to the patriarchy

Maya Oppenheim


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31 August 2023
ISBN: 9781398718739
208 pages

From the publisher

‘This is a vital book. Hand this out in schools, in the workplace, everywhere. It’s also beautifully written.’ Olivia Colman

‘Brilliant. Patriarchy 101’ Amnesty UK

‘Immersive and accessible’ Dazed

The essential guide for women everywhere, The Pocket Guide to the Patriarchy is full to the brim with unbelievable stats, shocking figures and emboldening knowledge to understand and fight the patriarchal systems holding all of us back.

Across the world, women are still denied opportunities and rights. The home remains the most dangerous place for women to be worldwide; with the majority of homicide victims who are women being killed by partners or relatives. In some countries, women who get abortions after they are raped face jail time. Less than 20 per cent of landholders in the world are women. Despite all these truths, many would prefer to blame women. For not demanding a seat at the table. For walking home alone at night. For not working hard enough to overcome the odds that are stacked against them.

In her first fact-filled, inclusive and energising book, Maya Oppenheim supplies you with the unforgettable realities, real-world anecdotes and tales of resistance to help you combat denial and continued injustice as the far-right grows and women’s rights come under attack. If yet another rebuttal of patriarchy leaves you lost for words, this book can be pulled out of your pocket.

Utilising her breadth of experience as Women’s Correspondent at The Independent – and as the only women’s correspondent at a UK news outlet – Maya leaves no stone left unturned and sparks new conversations on:

Women’s Health
Sexual Violence
Criminal Justice System
Sex Work
Far Right
Abortion Rights

And much more across 22 chapters.

Combining poignant stories with startling evidence, The Pocket Guide to the Patriarchy is a blazing examination of the systems rigged against us and offers a way forward that could prompt sustainable reform and build a better world for us all.

‘Well-written, concise and necessary’ Sarah Solemani

‘Enormously useful’ Selma James, feminist thinker, campaigner and author