- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Square Peg (1 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224095803
- ISBN-13: 978-0224095808
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
The only shortfall I would say is it's focus on heteronormativity. I say this as a straight woman - it seems to be assumed, in the majority of cases, that women act because of men.. Other than that, a brilliant read - thoroughly recommend
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amusing take on Women's magazines, but only reinforces what we already know. Thought it would be more humorous.Published 7 months ago by Andi
very poorly written - expected a lot better. would not recommend - far more concise books available.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book which I got a lot from. Says what it is in the cover. Things need to change with sexism in the media. This book is a great place to start.Published 16 months ago by Stephen Lye
I'm glad this book exists but I wish it had been more thoroughly edited. Some of the chapters are very long-winded and repetitive, which distracts from the mostly excellent points... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kat Blackman
Highly amusing and informative look at the magazine industry. A real eye-opener whilst being entertaining at the same time. True feminism in action.Published 17 months ago by Mummy Helen
Absolutely loved this book and I haven't been able to look at a woman's magazine in the same way since. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ellie