Stacey Dooley: On the frontline with the Women who fight back Review

I’ve been a fan of Stacey Dooley as a Journalist for a long time, and she’s a huge part of the reason why I’ve wondered down the Journalism degree path. I didn’t know much about her as a person other than what I had seen her presenting in documentaries, but I wanted to as the way she displayed her opinions and emotions on screen made her feel so much more human to me than we normally see from Journalists who travel the world.

I was on my way to a job interview when I popped into Waterstones for a browse as I had time to kill, and it was in this moment I found this book. I hadn’t heard of it, or seen it advertise but I knew I had to buy it. I was in my overdraft but it was something I needed, I felt a strong attraction to buy this book.

[Photo credits to BBC3.]

During the introduction I was surprised to discover that Stacey’s background is very much like my own, and I related to her for that. I positioned myself in her shoes, I’m the same age she is when she started, when she went on the first trip that changed the format of her life.

Not only do you learn about the views of the Journalist, you also read about many different women from many different situations around the world. It’s an eye opener, a real sink your teeth into it and realise your privilege book. But it’s so easy to read, it doesn’t push any hidden agendas or ideologies but it tells the truth, a truth that some won’t accept or want to hear.

There’s this hidden thing in society, where if somebody speaks out about their traumas, their struggles and situations, people feel the need to joke about them wanting to be victims’. I’ve seen this a lot myself with women, and how men react to the female voice. But this is further explored in this dynamic and beautiful book, that sets you on a Journey around the world.

Hearing the voices from hidden trans girls in Brazil, to the abused in Honduras, you really realise that attitudes towards feminism need to change. They need to change so we can understand that western society is lucky, it’s not perfect, but it’s lucky. And there’s countries around the world that needs feminism, that needs protests so abuse is no longer the standard protocol treatment by Men for Women.

The chapter about the Yazidi Women made me want to send a care package, and read it to every Woman I knew. If you have read the book, you would know that these Women have faced adversity and turned it into something positive, something strong and solid. And although it is scary and terrifying, they are not living their lives in fear.

This book gives awareness of issues we don’t see in western media, for example, the amount of child pornography on the internet and the amount of western males who travel to other countries such as the Philippines to engage with the fragile kids. The Yazidi Women, who I have already mentioned and the Women who are planting ingredients for cocaine just to feed their own children.

If there’s one book you read this summer, please make it this one. Dooley has not only excelled herself, but she has opened her career up to a range of possibilities. I would love to see more books from her, and a fictional film adaptation of the Yazidi Women’s story, to spread awareness of the original heroes of that tale.

The book can be found in most good retailers, such as Waterstones and Amazon.

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