“100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism” by Chavisa Woods— 100 True Stories

Woods, Chavisa. “100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism”, Seven Stories Press,   2019.

100 True Stories

Amos Lassen

Chavisa Woods’ “100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism” is a  memoir of vignettes and a collection of one hundred true stories of sexism, harassment, discrimination, and assault. Woods writes of her experiences with gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence from childhood through the present and she does not hold back. The stories  build in intensity as the number of times grows. Here is proof that sexual violence and discrimination are never just one-time occurrences, but part of a constant battle women and non-binary people. They face it daily.

We see here that sexual violence and gendered-discrimination occur regardless of their age and in all spheres of society and in rural and urban areas alike, in the US and abroad, from the time they are very young and through adulthood. Woods shows us how often people are conditioned to endure sexism and harassment, and how thoroughly men feel entitled to women’s spaces and bodies. Reading this forces us to seethe many ways “in which sexism and misogyny continuously shape women’s lives and are built-in facets of our society.”

This is a powerful, unrelenting depiction of the everyday misogyny experienced by all women everywhere. “It is relatable, cathartic, and deeply moving.”

Sexual violence and sexist discrimination occur regardless of age, in all spheres of society, in rural and urban areas alike, in the US and abroad, from youth through adulthood. People are often conditioned to endure sexism and harassment, and men feel entitled to women’s spaces and bodies,  sexism and misogyny continuously shape Women’s lives are shaped by the built-in facets of  sexism and misogyny in our society.

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