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He's a Stud, She's a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know [Paperback]

Jessica Valenti
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15 April 2008
Double standards are nothing new. Women deal with them every day. Take the common truism that women who sleep around are sluts while men are studs. Why is it that men grow distinguished and sexily gray as they age while women just get saggy and haggard? Have you ever wondered how a young woman is supposed to both virginal and provocatively enticing at the same time? Isn't it unfair that working moms are labeled "bad" for focusing on their careers while we shake our heads in disbelief when we hear about the occasional stay-at-home dad? In 50 Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, Jessica Valenti, author of Full Frontal Feminism, calls out the double standards that affect every woman. Whether Jessica is pointing out the wage earning discrepancies between men and women or revealing all of the places that women still aren't equal to their male counterpartsbe it in the workplace, courtroom, bedroom, or homeshe maintains her signature wittily sarcastic tone. With sass, humor, and in-your-face facts, this book informs and equips women with the tools they need to combat sexist comments, topple ridiculous stereotypes (girls aren't good at math?) , and end the promotion of lame double standards. "

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052450
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This! 17 May 2013
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One of the most important books ever written! Think I'm exaggerating. Just read it. Jessica Valenti is a heroine. This is for every woman in the world. Regardless of sexuality, class, race, nationality and religion, this book speaks to all of us. We are all powerful people and Jessica Valenti shines a bright beacon of light on the appalling situation of women everywhere. This is the time to do something about the way we are constantly belittled, abused and generally wronged by men and Jess Valenti shows us that we can! Quite frankly this is also for the misogynist, sexist men out there who treat women in the ways described in this gem of a book. Read it Guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open eye 1 Jan 2014
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This book tell and show the difference and say it shows that. Great book. Have a great read. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of feminism 3 Jan 2013
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Valenti is a liberal feminist. The problem I have with some feminist writers (Ariel levy, Natasha Walters) is that they judge other women on their own standards. Valenti does not. Instead she critiques the society that oppresses us. An interesting book discussing many points I was already angry about and also raising issues I hadn't even noticed ... like the vagina tax... Wtf?!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
There's remarkably little discussion about feminism these days. Most people think we have full equality. Yet 88% of FTSE 100 board members are men, to quote just one statistic; and as Velenti points out we have very different ways of judging mean and women.

For a lot of people, feminism is either a dirty word, or something attained by women getting into management.

I gave this book to my 21 year old daughter, in part to conpensate for this lack of public debate; and she loved it. Valenti can communicate to younger readers in a clear and direct way. This is an easily digested book that highlights society's double standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applause for Valenti. 13 July 2009
I have long been a fan of Valenti's writing and feminist books in general, and this addition to my collection is no exception. Again, Valenti held my attention cover to cover whilst hitting me with the facts and figures in a non-preachy way. Her style is funny, coherent and entertaining whilst informative. Valenti manages to discuss global gender issues and feminism in a way that is user-friendly and direct. I value this book as a better educational tool than anything I have ever encountered within the school system or the mass media.

I would reccommend this book to ANYBODY as essential reading, and have recently given copies to friends. Don't delay just add it to your basket.

I would especially reccommend this book to younger students/readers who want a sort of 'introductory guide' to modern sexism and patriarchy.
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