Author(s): Lizzie Marvelly
A wake-up call and a battle-cry for all Kiwi women Lizzie Marvelly tells the story of New Zealand's feminist roots, then traverses the modern landscape, tearing apart areas of gender imbalance and pervading attitudes to Kiwi women. In particular, Lizzie examines how men have been brought up with certain values - the rugby, racing and beer mentality we know all too well.
Lizzie grew up an ardent Chiefs and All Blacks fan, but a wiser head now recognises that there are still endemic issues for society to address. Lizzie speaks about her own first-hand experiences with sexism and male misconduct, while also offering advice to young girls on how to take full control of their lives.
I have had a few people express to me that they doubt a woman 29 years young could really write a book about Feminism. Surely to truly speak on Feminism one needs wisdom and age under their belt. After reading Lizzie Marvelly's book That F Word I couldn’t disagree more. I will disclose I am a Feminist, but nevertheless I approached this book with an open mind. Lizzie is an exceptional writer, poignant, humorous and, when needed, cutting. Her soul is truly laid bare in That F Word, I admire the incredible honestly with which she shares moments from her past. This is what gives the book a personable nature; I felt like I was having a conversation with a friend. At no time does Lizzie become preachy about her beliefs or what it means to be a Feminist. If anything, this is the beginning of a much needed conversation about the state of Feminism in New Zealand. Topics such as consent, sexuality, self love, self harm, porn, body image, representation in the media and many more are covered here. I would like to press this book into the hands of any parent with soon-to-be teenage children. There is so much to learn in this quickly changing world. Ideally every young woman should read this book and equally I would love for any young men, who are willing, to also read this. Gaby