Now, from the start, I'm going to be honest - this is the most difficult review I have ever written.
You know why? Because this book is about sexism and feminism - and, apart from the fact that I could talk about this book for literally hours (this is a fairly long review, just a warning,) people tend to get just a little bit f**king crazy on both sides of this debate.
So, at the risk of people yelling at me/misinterpreting what I'm saying, let's give this a shot!
This book, from the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, sets out to make clear what women all over the world have to face every single day.
You know the scary part about this book? I wasn't surprised by most of it.
Being catcalled or wolf-whistled? Been there. Being felt-up or leered at? Been there too. Having my opinions dismissed because I'm a woman? Damn right I've been there.
The thing is - I agree with what Ms Bates says. We brush it off.
We don't make a fuss. And in that way, it's made to seem normal - something we should just learn to live with; which, in 2016, is disgraceful.
We wonder if we're over-reacting, or even imagining things: I can remember a more mature dude leaning over while walking past me in the street, in order to look down my jumper - I didn't say anything, because what if he was just... I don't know, losing his balance?
It sounds silly, but he was walking alongside a lady of about the same age, who was right next to him, and didn't react at all.
We were the only people walking there (I live in a semi-rural town, complete with lack of foot-traffic in the middle of the day,) so I figured I must have misinterpreted a simple stumble, or have been imagining things, or whatever.
But then, I'm short with relatively ample breasts. It's not the first time someone's taken advantage of the height difference to 'lose their balance' around me, and it wasn't the last either.
Bates uses facts and figures to put across her views admirably, eloquently, and logically. Even when you don't agree with her on a point or two, it's easy to see where she's coming from - and to respect her opinions as valid.
The statistics are truly disgusting. The violence against women, the attitudes towards women, and the discrimination against women, is simply unacceptable.
And the interviews, tweets, project stories - they all combine to create a picture of what women go through on a daily basis, simply because they're women.
Women in the workplace, in higher education, online, still have to battle against out-dated attitudes in order to get on in life.
Anyone who thinks that sexism no longer exists needs only to read some of Ms Bates' personal experiences - the horrendous online abuse she has received, the actual fears for her safety - to realise that sexism is all too horrifically real in the modern age.
And, personally, I'd like to thank Ms Bates for all that she's had to go through to give women a voice.
Nothing wrong with a little respectful debate though - something I'm sure Ms Bates would agree with.
Just for example: I think it's ok to refer to people as dudes and chicks. And, if I'm feeling in a particularly insulting mood, I'd be more than willing to refer to people as b**ches, just as I refer to them as b*****ds. I'm an equal opportunities foul-mouth.
I also think that when it comes to media representation of women, that, sometimes, the portrayal of women as being sexually desirable is acceptable in context - just as all Marvel fangirls have, at some point, admired Captain America's a**.
At the same time, I totally agree that there needs to be less objectification and over-sexualisation in general. It's the amount, the intention, the taste in which it was done - all, unfortunately, very wibbly-lines kind of things.
For me, it all comes back to context: was this important to the plot? How much screen-time/screen-area was focused on the sexualisation?
Did it belittle the gender of the character? Is it out of character? Was it gratuitous? Was this pose even physically possible?
But there's definitely a point in what Ms Bates says - it's everywhere.
The amount of beds and underwear involved (as well as legs, thighs, butts, etc.) made me wonder if I'd accidentally found my way onto a soft-porn site (I hadn't.)
This is a legitimate problem - we just have to be very careful not to stifle art and creativity while we're at it.
The book is mainly focussed on the UK and US, though it does mention other countries at various points; this may make it less interesting to those who don't live/have interest in either the US or Britain.
I also got a little over-whelmed by the switching between US and UK, and the amount of statistics - but I struggle with both geography and stats due to suspected dyscalculia, so it may honestly just have been me.
This book is difficult reading - simply because of the amount of rape and violence discussed - both through personal stories and statistics. It's something that had to be written - but it doesn't make for pleasant reading.
I mean it. Everyone should read this book. Every man. Every woman. Every parent. Every grandparent. Everyone.