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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Ill edition (31 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455502804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455502806
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Jezebel.com, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more.

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Anna Holmes is a New York City-based editor, writer and the creator of Jezebel.com. After graduating from New York University, where she majored in journalism and worked as an intern at both the New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly, Anna embarked on a staff and freelance career as a writer/editor, which included contributions to such publications as the Washington Post, Glamour, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Harper's, the New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, Salon and The New York Times, where she has contributed op-eds and written features about pop culture, sex, women's issues, celebrity and politics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. M. Mulley on 13 Dec 2013
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A lighthearted book about women and women's issues for teenage girls, it is perhaps best suited for ladies, i.e. women's toilets/powder rooms. Being American,there is rather too much for me about American women of only moderate interest. A review I read said readers over 60 would be shocked by some entries; I am in my eighties and disappointingly found none of them. I hope it will prove a successful present for a teenage granddaughter, at least it will make a change from presents I feel she should or ought to like! GM
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Smart, funny, and thought provoking 1 Nov 2013
By MLE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Fun, funny, and informative. I found myself really interested in finding out more about the men, and women I had never heard of, and seeing different perspectives on people I thought I knew. I liked how unflinching some of the articles on some of the different people were, and they didn't avoid looking at the more negative attitudes, and judgments of many of them. Pretty sad how many older feminist leaders seem to be deeply transphobic. I did like the breadth of women and men included. They seemed to do a good job including important, and less well known figures from all groups without having anyone feel included just to be included.

They tried very hard to keep an open mind, but there were places that I felt were a bit disappointing. I didn't like some of the dismissive, and almost patronizing attitude they seemed to have towards Pagans and Wiccans. They are not all flaky Goddess worshippers or Hippies (that really shouldn't be a pejorative term), and it's pretty sad to see a book like this falling for those outdated stereotypes. I also didn't like the generalizations of "white women". Making blanket statements about any race should be unacceptable, and white women are no more a homogeneous group than any other race of women. I wouldn't make such a statement about another race of women, and it would be nice to receive the same courtesy in return. I did like the refusal to fat shame, and the respect shown to women of all sexualities, and gender expressions, and the attention focused on racism (except for that one small issues), and classism.

Overall a well researched, interesting book on a diverse range of people, and ideas. Both funny, and thought provoking. An enjoyable read that was really an immersive experience. Thanks to this book I found some really interesting art, some great music, and expanded my knowledge of the people who have and are shaping our world.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great stuff 25 Oct 2013
By Isi Modeste - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Smart and sassy. I bought this for myself and within a few minutes of flipping pages I decided to buy at least another as a gift for a lady friend and her little girl. I hope they update this book periodically.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
LOVE... THIS... BOOK... 1 Nov 2013
By Karalynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heard a review with the author on NPR and knew it would be the perfect present for my wife. Little did I know I would get quite a kick out of it as well. Like any encyclopedia it gives brief explanations of everything. Unlike most encyclopedias, it is hilarious!

The book is great for coffee tables, although may not be appropriate when kids are present, (read: it's awesome!)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More "mean girls" than "girl power" 8 Feb 2014
By RynReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I sometimes find sardonic humor amusing,but I quickly grew tired of the negativity in this book.

Nearly every reference to motherhood had a glib and mean-spirited "definition". References to feminism are basically rants on stereotypes and what "other" people define it as.

There were a lot of opportunities to write smart, positive, insightful views on women here. Instead, this book is so glib and negative that it just came off as crap written by angry girls inexperienced in life. Too bad.
Another husband who bought it for wife and liked it too. 28 Feb 2014
By Art B in Nor Cal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an informative, reasonably well researched take on a voluminous number of people and historic trends of interest and import to feminists and other liberated women, and hopefully of interest to men who appreciate those kinds of women as well.My wife enjoyed it, but maybe I enjoyed it more than she did. More funny than angry, though definitely barbed humor. But when you are talking about people like Donald Trump or Rush Limbaugh, a little anger, feminist or other, seems appropriate.

One somewhat annoying weakness is the author apparent tin ear for music. Perhaps that is why she conflates having musical talent, selling a lot of records, and coping an attitude..A musical composer and arranger as influential and creative as Emmy Lou Harris, for example, is dissed as being mainly a "duet partner" in a brief smurky writeup, while way too many punk rock figures are treated as musical geniuses. And Joni Mitchell's pop hits such as "Free Man in Paris" are classified as "folk music" by a "folksinger. So in other words, this is fun sociology, but not always an accurate guide to which women made major contributions to creative fields,at least for the field of music.

But that is a minor fault. Overall, this book does a good job in capturing the cultural context of past and present political and literary figures of merit,And the deadly serious definition of "postfeminist" is something to savor. We both liked this book, though we both thought the author would likely be able to do a better job with historical contexts when she gets a little older and has more history of her own. But right now this is very entertaining, never boring, often incite-full and maybe important counterbalance to conventional and academic history's "big man" fetish.
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