“Millennia of conditioning is hard to unlearn.”
“I could withstand a world without his love…”
Women, of all colors, shapes, and sizes, career, and child preference will find relatability in this series of essays written by a collection of women of various sexual orientation. If you want to know the answer to the question ‘is it just me?’ read this book. It’s not just about being angry. It’s not just about the rage we feel as women when certain things happen to us.
It’s about the constant manipulation of women. How we’re treated as property. How we’re treated as sexual objects. Rugs to walk on. And for those that are minority or LGBTQIA+, how they are treated as less-than. This is a book about toxic behavior projected onto women, and what these particular women have done to overcome these obstacles.
It’s hard to read. Yes. But worth it? Meaningful? Absolutely.
A rich, nuanced exploration of women’s anger from a diverse group of writers
Women are angry, and from the #MeToo movement to the record number of women running for political office, they’re finally expressing it. But all rage isn’t created equal. Who gets to be angry? (If there’s now space for cis white women’s anger, what about black women? Trans women?) How do women express their anger? And what will they do with it-individually and collectively?
In Burn It Down, a diverse group of women authors explore their rage-from the personal to the systemic, the unacknowledged to the public. One woman describes her rage at her own body when she becomes ill with no explanation. Another writes of the anger she inherits from her father. One Pakistani American writes, “To openly express my anger would be too American,” and explains why. Broad-ranging and cathartic, Burn It Down is essential reading for any woman who has burned with rage but questioned if she is entitled to express it.