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Publisher's Summary

A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they've been trained to avoid.

Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, feminist activist Mona Eltahawy advocates a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching women and girls to harness their power through what she calls the "seven necessary sins" that women and girls are not supposed to commit: to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful. All the necessary "sins" that women and girls require to erupt.

Eltahawy knows that the patriarchy is alive and well, and she is fed the hell up: Sexually assaulted during hajj at the age of 15. Groped on the dance floor of a night club in Montreal at 50. Countless other injustices in the years between. Illuminating her call to action are stories of activists and ordinary women around the world - from South Africa to China, Nigeria to India, Bosnia to Egypt - who are tapping into their inner fury and crossing the lines of race, class, faith, and gender that make it so hard for marginalized women to be heard. Rather than teaching women and girls to survive the poisonous system they have found themselves in, Eltahawy arms them to dismantle it. 

Brilliant, bold, and energetic, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is a manifesto for all feminists in the fight against patriarchy. 

©2019 Mona Eltahawy (P)2019 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

“A sharp manifesto for fighting the patriarchy.... Brilliant and electrifying.” (Booklist, Starred Review) 

"A vociferous, highly motivational call to arms for the feminist movement.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Eltahawy’s arguments come through with as much intelligence and clarity as passion and evocative imagery; they are built on facts about racism, capitalism, and homophobia, as well as her own and others’ experiences.” (Publishers Weekly

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LET US CELEBRATE WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO SIN!

"Fuck the patriarchy!" It is typical Mona Eltahawy, same theme of fighting against the patriarchy, same signature passion, yet a dash more intense with the contemporary examples of patriarchy's violations even as recently as 2018. It screams "How the FUCK is this still happening?!" I am ANGRY!!! And YOU SHOULD BE TOO!

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Amazing book

Loved this book! Mona chooses her words very meticulsouly. Favorite chapter: Power - nailed it!!!

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Please read!

I wish every man would read this book! And I hope every woman finds her power, her self and her freedom!

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necessary

remarkable achievement in a patriarchal world most necessary to break the bondage of male domination we've had enough f*** patriarchy

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Phenomenal Book

Mona Eltahawy is by far one of the most eloquent, outspoken and straight to the point women I have had the pleasure to know through their books. Absolutely amazing book that gave me shivers. I am so inspired and empowered and I will be buying this for all my friends for Christmas this year... thank you, Mona, you are phenomenal.

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One of the best books for feminists today

Mona's book is completely relatable, interesting, well written, and her reading of the material is perfection. I found myself saying "yes, absolutely, exactly, etc." out loud throughout this. It's an excellent takedown of the patriarchy, and I can't recommend it more.

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Courageous

Powerful, and passionate narrative. The writer has literally put her life on the line in defense of women. I truly respect her. Having said that, this book is all over the place. Her introduction contradicts her narrative and her attacks are directed in so many directions that It lost it impact for me.

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unapologetically her

she is unapologetically her. its awesome. what a strong, honest, vulgar, bad a**. appreciated the book and its justification for my vulgar mouth.

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I'll listen to books by feminists with better vocabularies. She also pushes that trans-identified men are women, which is biologically impossible.

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Must read!

Very potent, revelational and inspiring. Refreshing level of passion and authenticity. Really puts things into perspective with many horrifying facts.