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The Guilty Feminist

From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies

By Deborah Frances-White

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'This really is the "everything you have always wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask" manual. Essential reading for the planet.' EMMA THOMPSON

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'This really is the "everything you have always wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask" manual. Essential reading for the planet.' EMMA THOMPSON

In 2015 I described myself as 'guilty feminist' for the first time. My goals were noble but my concerns were trivial. I desperately wanted to close the pay gap, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.

A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.

From inclusion to the secret autonomy in rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about power structures, Deborah explores what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist, and encourages us to make the world better for everyone.

The book also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers - Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein - plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.

Praise for THE GUILTY FEMINIST:

'[Deborah Frances-White's] mixture of wit, fallibility and inclusivity is immensely appealing' Sunday Times

'Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius comedians ... It's shows like this that breathe life into conversations about feminism' Phoebe Waller-Bridge

'Tackles issues from democracy to sexuality to porn with a lightness and hilarity that makes even the newly ordained feminist feel at home' Scarlett Curtis, Sunday Times

'Wildly successful ... The Guilty Feminist addresses the major feminist issues of the twenty-first century while also celebrating our glorious imperfections' Marie Claire Australia

Biographical Notes

Deborah Frances-White is the creator and host of the hit podcast The Guilty Feminist. She is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice which won the Writers'
Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy. She is also a screenwriter and regularly speaks in businesses about diversity and inclusion.

Find out more at deborahfrances-white.com, guiltyfeminist.com or follow her on Twitter (@guiltfempod) or Instagram (theguiltyfeminist) or Facebook (guiltyfeminist).

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  • ISBN: 9780349010144
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Virago
This really is the "everything you have always wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask" manual. From a mind as lucid and witty as it is kind and empathetic comes essential reading for the planet — Emma Thompson
An incredible read on confidence, gender and looking after ourselves and each other — Aisling Bea
Deborah Frances-White's book has all the joy, complexity, importance and pleasure of The Guilty Feminist podcast — Stella Duffy
Slicing through the fun and foibles of twenty-first-century womanhood with deft and funny prose, the book covers everything "from our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies". Existing fans of her podcast and newcomers alike will love this irreverent guide to a very modern tug of war — Red
The Guilty Feminist is accessible and honest, written with warmth. And the openness with which she and other contributors discuss their struggles make the book feel like a discussion with friends over a glass of wine . . . it is full of inspiring and challenging ideas, encouraging every woman to say: "I get to be heard. I deserve to be seen" — Daily Express
Brims with facts and inspiring women you might not have heard of but are now glad you have ... [Deborah Frances-White's] mixture of wit, fallibility and inclusivity is immensely appealing ... The book emboldens women to find their voice, to say no more often, yes less, and to demand more than the 75p in the pound they get paid compared with men. Her genius for satire is what makes her voice so sonorous - her Open Letter from the Gentlemen of Hollywood, a riposte to the Weinstein saga, is worth the cover price alone. — Sunday Times
A passionate, funny, fresh, thought-provoking read, as engaging as it's informative — Barbara Ellen, Observer
A thorough look at how to be a better feminist and a better person, but manages to be funny and entertaining too ... I really appreciate that it looks at what we can practically do to make things better — Amy Jones, The Pool
From the hit podcast soon to be a live show, The Guilty Feminist has chapters which all begin with the phrase 'I'm a feminist, but ... ' offering numerous examples where noble intentions falter when set against the challenges of everyday life. Among the topics raised are make-up, rape fantasies, catcalling, manspreading, and 'bridezillas' — The List, Best Comedy Books of 2018
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