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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff
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...
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is 4th wave?
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...
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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
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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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff, 6 May 2014
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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
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
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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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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and thought-provoking, 16 May 2014
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I wasn't expecting this book to make me laugh so much! It's a brilliant look at the nonsense of women and girls magazines, from the cliches and contradictions to the blatant sexism and impact of advertising. A great read - highly recommended.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, educating and brilliant!, 23 Jun 2014
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The F word is for some reason very offensive to most people but we need feminism. There are still. So many inequalities women face and difficulties because of how female bodies are portrayed in the media. We need to stand together and not be our own bullies. Very well researched and opened my eyes and reinforced my ideas on the media
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4.0 out of 5 stars sadly all true stuff, 8 May 2014
Really enjoyed book even though it was relentless in it's pace. Would be great if the media did take notice of its content and stop repeating the same old photos and articles.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unintentionally hilarious!, 13 July 2014
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As a hater of all things feminist I often read books such as this to have a good old laugh. Feminist literature is often hysterically funny and never less than amusing but this book is out there on its own in terms of laugh out loud hilarity.

The first 10 chapters detail the numerous ways females are portrayed by the media, neglecting to mention that the magazines accurately reflect what the average female is actually like (sit in any bar or café and listen to the mindless, petty, vindictive, scheming gossip and listen to them prattle on about the bad points of others). If this wasn't the case then they wouldn't buy the offending magazines would they?

Chapter 11 is the standard (and oh so predictable) bile-fest attacking the 'lad' culture and how men objectify and demean women etc etc blah blah blah. I would just argue that this 'lad' culture is a small part of the sleeping giant of Patriarchy rumbling back to life like a patient father who has snapped after having fifty years of his daughters screaming, shouting and having hissy fits with their hands on their hips demanding things. In a male-dominated world did these silly little girls think that feminism would be tolerated for long? There is no 'battle' of the sexes my dears because you simply don't possess the weapons to even fight it let alone win.

There are far too many nuggets of hilarity in this book for me to list them all here but take this one towards the end of the book (pages276-277 to be precise). 'GQ sex columnist Siobhan Rosen complained about men's expectation of ''pornified sex'' in a 2012 article that recounted how men she barely knew seemed to think it was normal to call her a ''dirty slut'' in bed'. Note how this woman admits to giving up her honour and debasing herself with men she 'barely knows' then weeps and wails when they have the audacity to call her a 'dirty slut'. Go figure that one out if you can!

This is very silly book written by two middle class girls who think they are clever and have opinions but in fact are merely showing off. They use the f and the c word with abandon, they even use them both in one sentence at one point (how liberated and grown up is that? Whoopee).

I found this book hugely entertaining but for completely different reasons than the authoresses intended!
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