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Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett , Holly Baxter
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1 May 2014

As students, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter spent a lot of time laughing at magazine pieces entitled things like '50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man' (particularly the ones that encouraged bringing baked goods into the bedroom). They laughed at the ridiculous 'circles of shame' detailing minor weight fluctuations of female celebs, or the shocking presence of armpit hair. And at the articles telling you how to remove cellulite from your arse using coffee granules.

But when they stopped laughing, they started to feel a bit uneasy. Was this relentless hum about vajazzles and fat removal just daft - at worst a bit patronising - or was something more disturbing going on?

Was it time to say NO? They thought so.

So they launched The Vagenda blog in 2012, and now they have written this laugh-out-loud book.

It is a brilliantly bolshy rallying call to girls and women of all ages. Caitlin Moran asked 'How to be a Woman': The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (1 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0224095803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Angry, opinionated and also waspishly funny. The Vagenda deserves to be a bestseller. Because it's worth it" (Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller)

"This is great: warm, witty and wise - an antidote to all of the usual nonsense" (Jenny Eclair)

"Written with energy ... full of droll asides" (Zoe Williams Guardian)

"[Cosslett and Baxter] quickly and expertly show how pervasive sexist attitudes towards women still are today, and, indeed, how much worse they seem to have become in the last few years" (Lesley McDowell Herald)

"A great read for women of all ages" (Claire Heal Sunday Express)

Book Description

A funny, hard-hitting examination of women and the media, for anyone who has ever had niggling doubts about the sidebar of shame

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is 4th wave? 4 May 2014
Format:Paperback
The extensive coverage of 4th wave feminism in the press and of the authors of this book would suggest this is going to be the banner publication for the movement. Which makes it doubly disappointing.

I have liked the blog in the past but that relies on a sizable roster of diverse writers whose talents were not on show here, only the writing of the two founders. Unfortunately as both are under 25 and come from average middle class white homes, they have very little new to report, only the same discomfort with so-called women's media that everyone has experienced and has been commented on elsewhere in great detail, complete with waxing anecdotes. Yawn.

The parts that dive into statistics are very sloppy and would have benefited from input by someone who knows about the uses and misuses of statistics. Too often the writers fall into the very same lazy traps they claim they are sending up.

There is a great book to be written by young women about feminism today. This is not it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff 6 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fascinating read. Loved it. Brilliant keystone text for 4th wave feminism. If you've been part of #everydaysexism, #shoutingback or Project Unbreakable, this is a must for your reading list. It is an excellent jumping off point for getting into today's feminist debates. Pitched with plenty of anger and feminist bile this is not a text for academics (although there are enough of those already on the market) but a book for any modern woman who has been made to feel 'inadequate' by marketing, advertising and the western media. It's not the whole story and there is more that needs to be said on this topic (especially by non-cis, non-straight and non-white women) but that does not lessen the power of this book's observations about the roles women are cast into in the current western world, even those with straight/white/cis privilege.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topical, funny, inspiring read 1 May 2014
By LouiseB
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of the Vagenda blog and loved this book. It challenges the way you think about women's magazines, makes you laugh, makes you angry and makes you want to change things for the better.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Guess you can't escape patriarchy 27 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A book intending to criticize the objectification and sexulaisation of women in the media, using a naked woman's body on the cover to sell more.
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