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Men Who Hate Women

From incels to pickup artists, the truth about extreme misogyny and how it affects us all

The extremism nobody talks about
And how it affects us all
 
'Laura Bates does so much of the dispiriting, heavy lifting in 21st century feminism. She trudges through it like a boss, and puts out books that perfectly describe growing problems, and possible solutions. She's a proper hero at the coal mouth.' Caitlin Moran
‘Laura Bates has done it again. From bantz to outright brutality, she exposes the landscape of misogyny. Passionate and forensic, Bates produces a powerful feminist clarion call. The world needs to take notice. Things must change.’ Anita Anand
'Fascinating, mind-blowing and deeply intelligent book that should be recommend reading for every person on our planet.' Scarlett Curtis
'In Men Who Hate Women, Laura Bates offers the alternative red pill to those who favour love, logic and humanity over debilitating hate.' Shami Chakrabarti?
'A book of courage and tenacity.’ Robin Ince
‘This is how change is made: by looking at uncomfortable things directly in the eye and not turning away. This book is a rallying cry to end suffering, for both women AND men.’ Emma Gannon
'Men Who Hate Women has the power to spark social change.' Sunday Times

Imagine a world in which a vast network of incels and other misogynists are able to operate, virtually undetected. These extremists commit deliberate terrorist acts against women. Vulnerable teenage boys are groomed and radicalised.

You don't have to imagine that world. You already live in it. Perhaps you didn’t know, because we don’t like to talk about it. But it’s time we start.
 
In this urgent and groundbreaking book, Laura Bates, bestselling author and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, goes undercover to expose vast misogynist networks and communities. It’s a deep dive into the worldwide extremism nobody talks about.
 
Interviews with former members of these groups and the people fighting against them gives unique insights on how this movement operates. Ideas are spread from the darkest corners of the internet – via trolls, media and celebrities – to schools, workplaces and the corridors of power, becoming a part of our collective consciousness.
 
Uncensored, and sometimes both shocking and terrifying – this is the uncomfortable truth about the world we live in. And what we must do to change it.

Photograph © Siggi Holm

Laura Bates is the Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and writes regularly for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph and many others. She is a regular contributor to the Today Programme, Woman's Hour, Channel 4 News, Newsnight and more, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Honours List for services to gender equality.

‘Laura Bates has done it again. From bantz to outright brutality, she exposes the landscape of misogyny. Passionate and forensic, Bates produces a powerful feminist clarion call. The world needs to take notice. Things must change.’

– Anita Anand

'A book that is a challenging and sobering read but also brave, meticulously researched - and vital to anyone serious about tackling misogyny.'

– Anna James

'A book of courage and tenacity. Laura's humanity shines through. She is always a voice worth paying attention to. She continues to fight a battle that should have ended long ago and she reminds us that we must be part of it.'

– Robin Ince

'Laura Bates continues to be one of the most powerful, vulnerable and incredible feminist voices of our time. She is unafraid of tackling the most complex, dark and nuanced aspects of the patriarchy and shining a light on them in order to change the world. Men Who Hate Women is a fascinating, mind-blowing and deeply intelligent book that should be recommend reading for every person on our planet. Laura Bates is my HERO and two chapters into this book, she will be yours too.'

– Scarlett Curtis

'Be prepared. This book is shocking. Just as we thought we knew all we needed to know about misogyny, here comes the bad news. Dark and menacing, this investigation of toxic masculinity is a wake-up call to men and women who want a better world.' 

– Helena Kennedy, QC

'In Men Who Hate Women, Laura Bates offers the alternative red pill to those who favour love, logic and humanity over debilitating hate. Bates’ exploration of the manosphere - from the monetised toxicity of social and mainstream media - to Number Ten, the Whitehouse and complacent law enforcers, should wake up and shame all of the above.

If its brutally forensic honesty is sometimes painful to read, imagine what it was to live, investigate and write. When once more, we award medals to our bravest feminist heroes, Laura Bates gets the Purple Heart.

Young people, parents, teachers, journalists and legislators should read this important book. All those keyboard warriors pounding away in the dark, should dare to read it. The only thing to fear is fear itself.'

– Shami Chakrabarti

‘Laura Bates is a total powerhouse. This book is hard to read; triggering, unfiltered, shocking and urgent. Laura has done again what she does best: gone there, all the way, to the darkest corners and brought all the research, anecdotes and interviews to the surface for us all to see. This is how change is made: by looking at uncomfortable things directly in the eye and not turning away. This book is a rallying cry to end suffering, for both women AND men.' 

– Emma Gannon

'Laura Bates has written a fearless and unflinching account of how the most prevalent human rights abuse on the planet, the mistreatment of women and girls at the hands of men, is being given new energy and reach through contemporary technologies and the strategies of extremism. This is a vital and urgent book, detailing not just the growing threat of extreme misogyny and the mainstreaming of its message but also how through allowing this to happen we are exposing girls and women to increasing levels of danger and abandoning countless boys and men to the coruscating damage of its influence. If the warnings of this book were to be heeded and acted upon the world would take a significant step towards creating kinder, safer, better societies for all, men and women alike.’

– Owen Sheers

'Brilliantly fierce and eye-opening'

– Guardian

‘If you only buy one book this month, then may we recommend Laura Bates’ Men Who Hate Women.'

– Stylist

‘Men Who Hate Women is a disturbing, powerful read and you can only admire the courage of Bates.’

– The Independent

'Laura has taken on a critical issue, one that society can no longer afford to overlook or trivialize: the reality of misogynistic extremism and the central role it plays today in family and social breakdowns, proliferating hate, terroristic violence, and political instability. This book touches on every aspect of our lives - personal, professional, political. It's unflinching, brave, and necessary.' 

– Soraya Chemaly

'Men Who Hate Women has the power to spark social change.'

– Sunday Times

‘A book everyone should read’

– Sonia Sodha, Observer

‘Let’s hope this book stirs a reaction of a different kind, opening our eyes to the threat of extreme misogyny and prodding officialdom into action.’

– Independent

‘Bates’s book is a compelling, timely investigation into contemporary gender politics’

– Observer

'I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s really important that you read it. This is a book about a very real and growing threat to women and it needs everyone’s attention.' 

– Rachel Parris

'The new book is extraordinary and courageous and vitally important. It’s a deeply disturbing read but I’m very glad to have read it.'

– Marcus Brigstocke

'The killing of women because we are women is not only the most common crime in the world, it is also the single biggest indicator of whether a nation is violent in its streets and will use violence against another nation. Laura Bates is showing us the path to both intimate and global survival.'

– Gloria Steinem

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