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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by [Baxter, Holly, Cosslett, Rhiannon Lucy]
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"A brilliant expose of women's mags and marketing – laugh-out-loud and painfully funny. This gives me hope for women and for feminism and for fun" (Jeanette Winterson Guardian)

"Essential reading for every woman, young and grown-up – a guidebook for reading between the lines…A real romp!" (Jo Brand)

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

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

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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2849 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAXJH2Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am as feminist as they come, and I totally agree that the media of today, especially women's, is very damaging, and that's putting it simply. And so in theory I agree with the content of this book and am totally behind the message. However, I wasn't even able to finish it.
The writing style was offputting: there was loads of slang, which is fine in moderation, but I felt they were making up new words every two sentences that I, a 21 year old, hadn't even heard of. I couldn't see the point of constantly using nonsensical, juvenile words especially when they didn't make the topics at hand any more accessible, but rather the complete opposite. Its intent was obviously to get laughs, but while a few of the lines made me smile, I never once laughed. I'm bemused that so many of the reviews I've read say it's laugh a minute/laugh out loud. I really didn't find it funny at all.
The structure was poor: I understand that a lot of the topics covered naturally overlap, and so there would be common ground in a lot of the chapters. However, even within the specific chapters/topics, there was no strong line of argument and it was very hard to follow the point they were trying to make. Often it read just like a load of individual paragraphs taken from different conversations lumped together, which does nothing to make for a coherent read. There is SO much to say on this topic, and so many vitally important, salient points to be made. I think for a feminist book that has reached the mainstream, it's so important that it manages to state its arguments clearly and convincingly, because so many readers will come at it with a sceptical and cynical viewpoint.
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By mr s on 2 Mar. 2017
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Awful. How on earth did this get published? Just lots of half-baked ideas/rants. Avoid
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Wonderful. The humour is very well- crafted and there is so much that is serious here. By the way, I am male.My contempt for celebrity obsession, fashion and magazines is already at the temperature of a supernova but this took it even further.How do we fight the deluge of trivial and damaging dross out there? Absolutely essential we find a way.The whole idea of inventing pseudo- problems and then selling a pseudo-solution: just like religion really.I wish them both huge luck and a life of comfy knickers.
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I love this book. Read it and then lend it to everyone you know. A funny but very accurate look at the media and it's not-so-feminist practices. Easy to read but so interesting. You don't have to 'be a feminist' to really enjoy this book.
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very poorly written - expected a lot better. would not recommend - far more concise books available.
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I bought this after reading a review by Germaine Greer, who was rudely dismissive of it. Her views didn’t tally with my own experience of the Vagenda blog so I bought it myself to find out. It’s biting, witty and really calls out women’s magazines for the infantilised and mean-spirited trash they are. To me its strength lies in discussing very eloquently how the unequal portrayal of men and women in the media actually impacts women’s lives. With humour. I’m slightly older than the authors, but I found such relief in reading that I’m not alone in my bewildered rage at the crap mags and the portrayal of women in the media in general.

I think this book has attracted unfair criticism. Some readers seem to expect it to be a trailblazing, leading publication of fourth wave feminism. But as the front cover says, it’s a ‘Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media” – it doesn’t claim to be a modern day feminist’s bible. It’s the experiences and insights of these two young women. A couple of negative reviews have also cited the authors’ age. Surely the fact they grew up with the very media they are discussing gives them an informed viewpoint from which to write? Everyone has the right of criticism, but the irony of shouting down these women for speaking out against sexism and the lack of female voices in the media seems to be lost on some feminists.
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I went into this with an open mind having seen both very good and very bad reviews. I was delighted! This is a funny look ('a muff is a muff') at feminism and the media's portrayal of women, and can be well enjoyed by those new to feminism, as well as those like me, lifelong feminists. It doesn't contain anything new to me - I'm familiar with all of the techniques mentioned within - but it was interesting to read about the rise of the nasty, judgmental attitude towards women in the media. This does focus rather a lot on white female issues and not on POC female issues.
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I'm a feminist and this just a rambling of slogans and half truths.
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