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Includes an exclusive interview between the author and Ben Hurst, head of facilitation and training at The Good Lad Initiative and presenter of the TedxLondonWomen talk 'Boys won’t be boys. Boys will be what we teach them to be'.

An explosive book examining the rise of secretive, extremist communities who despise women. In this ground-breaking investigation, Laura traces the roots of misogyny across a complex spiders web of groups extending from men's rights activists and pick-up artists to Men Going Their Own Way, trolls and the Incel movement, in the name of which some men have committed terrorist acts. 

Drawing parallels with other extremist movements around the world, Bates seeks to understand what attracts men to the movement, how it grooms and radicalises boys, how it operates and what can be done to stop it. 

Most urgently of all, she traces the pathways this extreme ideology has taken from the darkest corners of the internet to emerge covertly in our mainstream media, our playgrounds and our parliament. 

Going undercover on and offline, Laura provides the first, comprehensive look at this hitherto under-the-radar phenomenon, including fascinating interviews with former members of these communities, the academics studying this movement and the men fighting back.

©2020 Laura Bates (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • Chris Shepherd
  • 07-09-2020

Excellent analysis of the Manosphere

I have been vaguely aware of many of the areas covered by this book, incels, mra, pua, gamergate, the alt right for sometime now but the way the writer links all of these online groups with real world actions is truly eye opening.

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  • Joseph W.
  • 07-09-2020

A mindblowing uncovery of the dark and twisted web

Out of all the groups mentioned and explored in this brilliant book, the only one I had a passing familiarity with was Incels, although I had no idea at the depth and breadth of how serious and widespread a danger they represented. This book has left me feeling shaken, scared and seriously worried, but its also woken me up to some serious issues, which we as a society need to tackle. The expression "woke" now makes sense to me. Following this, I now plan on listening to Laura Bates' other works. Thank you for this work, Laura. Thank you for opening my eyes.

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  • papapownall
  • 16-09-2020

Women's rights are not men's wrongs

Feminist writer Laura Bates is best known for her work on the Every Day Sexism Project. In this new book she explores the "manosphere" and considers how ideas that has developed in the dark corners of the internet have seeped into mainstream consciousness. We hear of, at first, seemingly harmless "Incels" (involuntarily celibate) who provide a sense of belonging for an increased proportion of men who at their most extreme and have a deep hatred for women and have links to the alt right. We learn of pick up artists (PUAs) who are deeply misogynistic and men who pay for courses to learn how to increase the notch count on their bedposts. Some of the depictions of toxic masculinity depicted in this book are deeply disturbing particularly as we hear the way that young people are recruited by the perpetrators by use of social media (YouTube especially) by targeting those who partake in activities such as on line gaming and body building. This is not just in the shadows though; famed author Jordan Petersen is openly misogynistic and claims this is a result of the "me too" movement that has caused men to rebel and even the Leader of the Free World, President Trump has made several potentially harmful statements about the role of women in society. Most hate crime definitions do not include gender and there are examples of attacks perpetrated by the beta male community against women that are not considered to be terrorism. There is an interview at the end of this audio book with the author who states that she is fearful of the potential backlash this book will create. This is brave writing and Laura Bates' voice deserves to be heard.

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  • Jenny Cutler
  • 16-09-2020

The Bravest Book Ever Written

I hope Panorama picks this up soon because I think that's the only way to make All the Good Men in this world see this problem for what it is. Good men, like every man I know, just can't bear to read this information. It's too upsetting for them. Women manage it because they want to stay safe and KNOW they need to know about it, as much for their beautiful boys as the women in their lives.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2020

Enlightening

This was a harshly enlightening read for me. Previously I had fallen squarely in the group of people who considered some of the groups discussed in this book as 'a few isolated loners online' but this book was a brilliant and thorough examination of why that isn't the case. It has also absolutely made me determined to be more of an active part of the solution to misogyny rather than simply being passively against it in theory but not in practice. It forced me to examine my own perceptions of various aspects of sexism to an uncomfortable degree but having done so I consider it wholly worth doing.

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  • MommaBear
  • 16-09-2020

A Book Everyone should read

The book for all that the title states is not a man-bashing book, in fact, its the opposite its a man saving book. I did write a long review but deleted it, I think it's better you read it with an open mind and don't look up anything about the author until you have read it. I am off to have conversations and will be listening more carefully to hear what is being said by those that I know.

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  • Kate
  • 11-09-2020

Chilling

Brave, incredible, frightening. A must read for women and men alike, and especially parents.

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  • Emma
  • 21-09-2020

A timely and fascinating listen

Laura Bates shines a light on some of the extremism that many of us have been exposed to in a watered down way. She explores how radical ideas can trickle through different internet channels and how they are having an effect on people's everyday lives. An amazing listen

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  • Ruth E Watkin
  • 19-09-2020

Everyone needs to read this book right to the end!

It can be a tough listen at times, but it ends with hope and guidance.

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  • kirsty Whyte
  • 18-09-2020

Not comfortable reading but so very important

This is such a sad and uncomfortable topic but Laura handles it with exceptional care. This is a plea for people to be aware of the malicious predators who are such a danger to women and men alike. Protecting our young men from being groomed into a warped view of reality which will only bring misery to them and the people around them.

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