Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing, by David Leser (A&U 2019)

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This controversial but vital book sprang from an article that Australian journalist David Leser wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald. It's an overview of the events that led to the #MeToo movement, and one straight, white male's attempt to understand, listen and learn. He has been accused of mansplaining, and asked to 'shut up and listen', but I do think the book has validity, as it doesn't stem from an all-knowing position, but rather Leser trying to understand why misogyny has become so toxic and what can be done about it. Leser freely admits that he is flawed, and has made mistakes, but the book has immense power, and should probably be read by many men, and women.