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Reviewed in Australia on 2 November 2016
This book questions the lack of equality between men and women makes the case that we live in a patriarchal society where engendered violence is blamed on the victims in a bid to keep the status quo. As an Irishwoman living and working in Australia, I was deeply affected by the brutal rape and murder of Jill Meagher but had never given the media coverage much thought. Clementines writing opened my eyes to the media at the time posing the question ''why was she walking home on her own late at night'' shifting the blame onto the victim, instead of acting questions like ''why did this man feel he had the right to violate Jill and then discard her body in a shallow grave like a sweet wrapper after he was finished''. Fight Like a Girl is powerful and confronting reading.

Clementine highlights the majority of male responses to discussions by women in the media of rape culture is some variation of ''Not all men are rapists'' 'Not all men are bad'' "Men can be rape victims too'' ''Why do you hate men'' - rather than an honest acknowledgement of the statistics (95% of all rapes carried out are by men against women, 1 in 5 women will be the victim of a sexual assault in their lifetime and 1 woman a week in Australia, will die at the hands of her male partner).

The author also brings into focus the vitriol expressed by men and women who disagree with her and how they seek to undermine her and to shift focus away from what she is saying. I hope that more men and women read this book and can have honest discussions about its content.
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