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This review is from: Girls Are Best (Paperback)
I am usually a fan of Sandi Toksvig and find her quite amusing but this book is just a shameful attempt to fill the heads of young girls with feminist nonsense and give them ideas beyond their station. Simply trawling through history to find females (however obscure) that managed to achieve anything does not further the cause in any way, it just highlights the fact that 99% of all invention, scientific/medical discoveries and indeed general greatness were achieved by the male of the species. It is only in the last 40 years or so that females (most of them envious and dissatisfied) have decided they want a piece of the pie. If females were truly as good as males then they would not need to rely on unfair equal opportunities legislation (think unfair promotion in government and big-business etc ). Even with all this now firmly in place men are still vastly more successful than women and this should tell us something. Women still excel in childcare, nursing, homemaking and certain 'hospitality' industries and this should tell us something too.
It's the title 'Girls Are Best' that's so wrong. If it had been called 'Girls Are Quite Good Sometimes in Exceptional Circumstances' then it would have been less controversial and nearer the truth. Imagine the rage of the feminist brigade if anyone dared to write a book called 'Boys are Best' (or even implied it in any way).
It is also very telling that there is no mention of Mrs Thatcher in this book (someone who did indeed achieve greatness on her own merits). Could this be that she didn't subscribe to or have any time for the kind of bra-burning facial-haired feminism that this book is surreptitiously trying to promote.
If you are thinking of buying this book then think again and buy your wives/daughters/nieces etc books on marrying well, motherhood and household management as this will serve them much better in the long run.
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2010 19:23:18 GMT
Mrs. J. Slade says:
I assume the book comes with a health warning "Content not suitable for misogynist fossils".
Posted on 29 Dec 2010 14:38:28 GMT
Ms. R. A. Brown says:
Aside from the bilge spouted in relation to the above book, the fact that other reviews by ' J. Wright' include a scathing attack on Jodie Marsh who is dismissed as: 'A woman of easy virtue' [why read her book then?] and a glowing review of a book on Myra Hindley [?!] coupled with the opinion that Margaret Thatcher is given as an example of a woman who 'achieved greatness', a somewhat scary view of women is emerging.
Though I am going to assume all these reviews were just written as a feeble attempt at provocative humour anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2010 16:08:22 GMT
J. Wright says:
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2011 10:07:36 GMT
Lily Fox says:
This J Wright person is clearly a rather unamusing attempt at trolling (or a teenage boy trying to be dramatic). 'Handicap of her sex', please. There's no handicap in being a woman. Being a moron, like you, J Wright, however...
What's 'somewhat scary' since you clearly need it spelled out to you, is your ridiculous view that women somehow are lesser than men and should show 'respectfulness' (I see nothing to respect in you) and other C19 nonsense.
I also love the way he can't read the title 'Ms' on the poster before him. How dare a WOMAN pick her own title!
Grow up and review the book for the way its written. The content is just fine.
Posted on 30 Jan 2011 12:03:47 GMT
Posted on 1 Mar 2011 21:37:06 GMT
E. Goodwin says:
is this a joke?
Posted on 29 Jun 2011 17:03:41 BDT
Very funny. You are even more amusing than Sandi.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 01:44:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2012 01:46:19 BDT
i am a feminist and i agree with j wright's point (in the post of 30 dec 2010) about jodie marsh etc being the exact opposite of what feminists were trying to achieve.
other than that, however, his outdated views are ridiculous.
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 16:45:42 BDT
Terry Carr says:
Omg! I could not believe what I was reading and think you, J. Wright, should get back in your cave, you Neanderthal!
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 18:58:57 BDT
J. Wright, congratulations in being SO secure in your outdated, offensive convictions that you couldn't even give your proper name.
Feminist nonsense? There would be no need to even have a feminist movement if it weren't for the opinions of bigots like yourself, whose archaic nonsense belongs back in the 19th century - as for being a fan of Sandi's, how can you be when she has dedicated a good part of her career to encouraging EQUALITY between the sexes. If you simply "trawled through history", perhaps you would notice the laws that actively put women down through the course of history, because of paranoid men like yourself. You would also know, after even the briefest glance, that a great deal of women HAVE improved the lives of ALL people, not just women.
Women should need to have books like this written, but sadly our ancestors were as small minded as you, and genuinely believed the contributions of 51% of the population were inferior, which is why there is feminism in the first place. This book is trying to show girls that there is a choice - that people like YOU are in the minority, that when people say, "but you're a girl" they don't have to be defeated or feel they should stop. Girls should be able to say they want to be and to do all the things boys do, and THAT is what this book is about.
As for Mrs Thatcher, the "feminist brigade" sees that she is a woman not a sister. During her time in office she did nothing to promote the cause of feminism, or women's equality, and ended up perpetuating the opinion that women have to act like men in order to get anywhere. THAT IS WRONG, AND WHY SHE IS UNPOPULAR.
Feminism offers women the CHOICE. Yes, it has led to the fame of women like Jodie Marsh, but has also led to successful women in politics, journalism, law, medicine, and all the other traditionally male dominated professions. It is feminism that got your beloved Margater Thatcher into No. 10, that allowed Sandi to succeed in her career, that allowed all the women who have written here and on all your other nasty little comments the opportunity to be better than you. Which, to be brutally honest, isn't hard.
Back to the book, it is brilliant, but can cause outdated comments from horrible, tiny willied drooling vegetables like J. Wright.