Books That Hate Women: Laura Bates and Gillian McAllister
In recent years, there has been a huge rise in the popularity of crime fiction, true crime podcasts and documentaries and often they have a clear trope in common: dead women. What does our cultural preoccupation with the trope of victimised women suggest about the way we view women in society more broadly?
Laura Bates has written extensively about the ways in which misogyny has infiltrated our key societal institutions; the education system, contemporary politics, media, policing and the criminal justice system, as well as the broader issue of the way misogyny proliferates unchecked in online communities and spaces.
Gillian McAllister’s psychological thrillers refuse to the follow this precedent. Her latest book, Just Another Missing Person, is a gripping, page turning thriller about a detective who faces deadly threats if she fails to frame an innocent individual in a missing persons case. Her books rethink the agency of women within the genre and explore the complexities of our legal system.
Join Laura and Gillian for a unique conversation about misogyny, activism and how books can support efforts to break harmful patterns.
Chaired by Liv Chapman.