100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism
100 Times details exactly what it describes in the title, one woman’s life reflected through the lens of one hundred experiences of sexism. The stories that Chavisa Woods details are self-described as not unusual and that in itself is her inspiration for compiling such a list; to drive the point home that the sexism she has experienced is mundane and normal procedure for any woman living today. Chavisa goes further to explicitly outline in her prologue saying “it’s not that my life has been exceptionally plagued with sexism. It’s that it hasn’t.” and that is the heart of this book of traumas.
The stories described are about things done to the author, but through reading it you get a rather vivid outline of an amazing woman. She details her trials in a refreshingly calm and thoughtful tone, expressing disbelief more often than the histrionic outrage that some readers might assume this book would be full of. Though this woman’s life is riddled with tension, Chavisa herself remains stalwart. Perhaps it is because, while the reader consumes the insanity, we can rest easier knowing it is a survivor’s tale. She has lived to write about it and can look back with perspective and sometimes even humor. 100 Times is a fantastic true story of one unremarkable woman’s survival in a remarkably sexist world.
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