Despite its claims, this book of course does not and cannot account for every woman's experience in the 21st century and maybe it shouldn't have claimed to do so. All these women are British, many of them are based in Scotland which is worth bearing in mind. That said, the book is representative of so many women' experiences, that i'd honestly never even thought about, read about, seen much of or experienced. Even as a woman with my own experiences, this book was a window into so many more and my preconceptions and ignorance was definitely checked in the reading of this book. There are essays about race, visibility, class, culture, politics, family, religion, disabilities, contraception, the workplace - and many if not all the essays, are juggling with multiple of these ideas. I personally couldn't read the essays back to back because I had to mull over some of essays and the styles of writing were so different - some with a typical essay structure, others more poetic.
The "nasty" woman to me is the woman who isn't "simple", can't be put in a box. She's free spirited, a free thinker. I went through a thing where I wasn't being treated fairly and in speaking up about it, I was labelled "difficult". I actually really beat myself up about it because I normally don't want to be perceived as being unpleasant. And that's just the thing, we've been conditioned to be "nice" all the time. Speaking up or challenging or questioning things or not smiling or not being a sized aren't what nice girls do. Because we've been so conditioned to feel this way, these labels "nasty","difficult" are used to silence us because apparently the worse thing that can happen to a woman is being called "nasty". Like the glorious day on Twitter :') this book reclaims the "nasty woman" label just by presenting intelligent, opinionated, female voices.