Foreword Reviews

Bent out of Shape

Shame, Solidarity, and Women's Bodies at Work

2021 INDIES Winner
Gold, Women's Studies (Adult Nonfiction)

Karen Messing is talking with women who wire circuit boards, sew clothes, clean toilets, drive forklifts, care for children, serve food, run labs. What she finds is a workforce in harm’s way, choked into silence, whose physical and mental health invariably comes in second place: underestimated, underrepresented, understudied, underpaid. Should workplaces treat all bodies the same? With confidence, empathy, and humour, Messing navigates the minefield that is naming sex and biology on the job.