“‘All my life when I’ve tried to talk to men about sexism,’ Woods writes, ‘my main obstacle has been trying to convince them, quite simply, that it exists.’ Incident by incident, this memoir makes the case in stark personal terms.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Woods’ unshakable memoir is a list of 100 incidents of sexism that she’s experienced in her three decades of life. The chronologically arranged accounts are plain and profound, allowing the actions to speak for themselves, and range in length from a paragraph to a few pages. In her introduction, Woods explains that this is just one woman’s collection of indignities, and reminds readers that all the trans, queer, and cis/straight women they know have hundreds of their own to share. Between the covers are violent little boys on the playground, predatory high-school teachers, ex-boyfriends who resort to stalking, grown men masturbating at public beaches, and repugnant male roommates who refuse to wear pants. Incredibly, a rich portrait of Woods’ life as an artist and a lover prevails through all of the horror. Even focusing on sexism, she claims her identity as so much more than a survivor. In the haunting conclusion, Woods reminds readers that there is no such thing as reverse sexism in a world where women are so systematically oppressed, citing gender comparison statistics about rape and homicide. Brilliant and simple, this is sure to advance understanding of a topic of intense national reckoning.
Much of the sexism Woods experienced took place before her twenty-first birthday; teen readers will find validation and solidarity.“ —Courtney Eathorne, Booklist (starred review)
“We need work like Woods’ memoir in the world. Repetition is a strong form for delivering important political messages… Woods deploys it in a different, albeit laterally powerful, move; by showing the omnipresence of gendered violence, she is showing the seams of patriarchy. This text is not only a vital read for those who have experienced gender violence, but also for those looking to enact real allyship and create real change in the world. I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.” —Lambda Literary
“In 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism, Chavisa Woods tells a linear but fragmented personal story of growing up and coming of age in a misogynist culture. . . The chronological arrangement and pared-down writing style underscore the injustice of each of these incidents, which include bullying, sexual harassment, assault, and rape. . . By articulating the full range of her own experiences, Woods stresses the need for a dramatic shift in societal attitudes if we ever want to live in a culture in which rape and sexist discrimination are no longer routine.” —Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, BOMB Magazine
“Illuminating the ways in which sexism targets women and infects the society at large, Woods shares her experiences with daring openness. In clear, precise prose, 100 TIMES is interesting, educational, dramatic and emotional. A must read.” —Beverly Gologorsky, author of Every Body Has A Story
“Like a brilliant performance artist putting her body on the line, Chavisa Woods has dared to use her own life, starting at age five, to interrogate the horror, banality, absurdity, and all-around deadening impact of being the object of sexist mistreatment. Her deceptively plain method makes for a powerful double portrait: on one hand, we trace the hulking outlines of a distorted social order; on the other, we grow deeply absorbed in the story of a young queer artist’s courageous self-making. I was touched and thrilled by the activist passion behind this memoir, which belongs on the shelf with feminist classics like Judy Grahn’s ‘Common Women Poems’ and Audre Lorde’s Zami.” —Jan Clausen, author of Apples & Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity
“In 100 Times, Chavisa Woods documents 100 instances when she has experienced sexual violence and sexist discrimination. From the playground to the publishing world, the New York City subway to rural Illinois, the doctor’s office to Wall Street. Methodical, straightforward, and meticulous, this book is just what we need at a time when the necessary statement of ‘Me Too’ often becomes obfuscated by vague rhetoric and sensational media headlines. By bravely sharing her own story, Chavisa Woods demands an end to routine and relentless gender-based violence and a fundamental accounting of how misogyny impacts social norms at the personal and structural level.” —Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy