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A complaint on women in the media, nothing more.
on 4 December 2011
I do enjoy reading etiquette books for girls, and the title of this book grabbed me the most. I ignored the poor reviews I'd read, because often I've found etiquette books to be a little outdated by today's standards, and perhaps the reference to Paris Hilton might mean this book was more contemporary. I suppose what I was after was a practical guide with scenarios that I could relate to. However after completing the first chapter where the writer rambles on for several pages, complaining bitterly about who she dubs "the Stupid Girls" getting all the attention of the media, I started to realise this really wasn't the book for me.
She seems to complain more about slutty women, rather than offering guides for those who have bought the book, who want to know how to be a lady. Which in itself, I would say is unladylike to complain and make yourself feel superior to them by labelling them stupid. She includes a little quiz where bland scenarios have three answers you can chose, one clearly the slutty answer, the second, clearly the ladylike classy correct answer, and one third drab answer for those who make no effort. I found these totally unrealistic and not at all relatable.
She also seems to have an unrealistic grasp on the media of today, expecting headlines to read "Girls dominate the business world" and "Another nobel peace prize awarded to leading lady" should more people read her book. /journalism doesn't work like that!
I can see there are attempts made to teach the reader how to carry yourself, speak and behave like a lady, but these are flimsily explained and basically just compared to outrageous poor behaviours of today's stars.
I can reccommend many, many other books to read including "How to talk to anyone" by Leil Lowndes, or 'Debretts Etiquette for girls', which ACTUALLY offer practical advice for those who would rather learn something, or be guided than read some bitter woman complaining about women today.