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The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death

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From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay.

Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, but more of a slow, elderly mall walk (with frequent stops to Cinnabon) over the four hundred million hurdles we still face. Some of these obstacles are obvious-unequal pay, under-representation in government, reproductive restrictions, lack of floor-length mirrors in hotel rooms. But a lot of them are harder to identify. They're the white noise of oppression that we've accepted as lady business as usual, and the patriarchy wants to keep it that way.

Erin Gibson has a singular goal-to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In FEMINASTY-titled after her nickname on the hit podcast "Throwing Shade"-she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious.

Whether it's shaming women for having their periods, allowing them into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation, Erin breaks down the organized chaos of old fashioned sexism, intentional and otherwise, that systemically keeps women down.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 08, 2018 – In her edgy, fierce, and funny debut essay collection, comedian and Throwing Shade podcast cohost Gibson serves up scathing wit and graphic observations on the "insane ways people try to control" women. Part memoir, part consciousness-raising handbook, the 18 essays repackage "lady sadness into digestible comedy." In an essay about common types of gender traitors (everyone from Phyllis Schlafly to "Your Mom's Worst Friend, Deborah"), she opines, "Women make life (more) terrible for other women because they haven't gotten the memo about it being retrograde as fuck." In another, she urges women to divest from male-owned makeup companies and stores and dispenses tips about women-owned makeup products to switch to. Elsewhere, she addresses a profane and funny open letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, schooling her on statistics around campus rape and asking her to reinstate protections against it. Several entries reprise commentaries from her podcast, but Gibson adds context with tales of her Christian upbringing in Texas and misspent early adulthood. The result is a bubbly acid bath of clever invective encouraging her fellow women to make the world a better place.

Customer Reviews

One Thousand Times YES

This book is the tastey afternoon pill pocket we need to digest the beyond-disgusting issues we face today. Like they say, "knowledge is power" and this book brings it. I'll be handing this out like candy come Halloween (because I cant wait til winter holidays).

Perfect feminist book!

Erin is at her best when she is taking down the patriarchy! She is witty, smart and funny as hell! Read this book now our future may just depend upon it!

Feminism 101

More books like this one should be out on the market and given to boys and girls from a very young age so both genders learn from a very young age what feminism is all about. To start off, Gibson opens the book with an “To Women; You are not my competition.” If that doesn’t do it for you, then I suggest you keep reading because Gibson takes her readers on a hilarious journey of anecdotes depicting what is like to be a woman. All and all, this book is outstanding and unapologetically a master piece of feminism.

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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Sep 04, 2018
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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