The two women have been accused of not addressing intersectionality examining feminism where race, class, ethnicity, sexuality meet , which has become one of the most strongly debated aspects of feminism, leading to infighting and factionalism. From United Kingdom to U. We believe that the future for women is bright, especially if we continue to harness the power of the internet. What do its authors hope the effect of the book will be? The Vagenda points out again and again that women are being undermined, conditioned to believe that they have to please men in order to be happy and that in order to do so they need to buy whatever it is that the magazines are peddling that particular week. I am completely new to the realm of feminist literature and theory, so I understand that for more experienced readers, this book perhaps doesn't offer anything new. During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever. It also includes magazines for young girls and young women, and their benefits and disadvantages.
If you've ever wondered whether you're going crazy because of the seemingly endless contradictory bullshit thrown at you about female sexuality, you need to read the Vagenda! Killed an hour on the Sidebar of Shame? I read blogs about things I want to read about and embrace my shape and size. As students, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter spent a lot of time laughing at magazine pieces entitled things like '50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man' particularly the ones that encouraged bringing baked goods into the bedroom. It usually takes an open-minded approach although the attitudes to women only enjoying gentle, vanilla sex seemed to prevail until the last chapter, which was a bit better and mostly made me feel better about myself. They said that laughter is a way to engage people, especially youngsters who fear speaking up or asking questions. Well imagine how shocked I was to discover that I did not in fact have the famous Delavigne thigh-gap or the Jolie pout.
This alone is pretty shitty but throughout 'The Vagenda' there are also jeers and 'funny' remarks made at women who are models aka. Rhiannon and Holly are journalists in their twenties. The chapters cover a general overview, then the way magazines present body image, cod-science, sex, uncomfortable clothes, fashion, relationships, careers, eating habits, infantilising language and men's magazines, ending with suggestions for a new positive kind of magazine. Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. The agency is completely removed from the individual and I am left feeling like an idiot just because I sometimes read Glamour and Grazia. The Vagenda or to give its full name The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide To The Media started life as a blog which can be found and the tone certainly carries over into its print spin-off. I'm in my 30s and still got something out of it but would say it's a great book to buy a teen or someone in their 20s if they're new to this kind of thing.
I simultaneously feel more educated This is a great introduction to feminist issues in the media, and especially in women's magazines. About this Item: Square Peg, 2014. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. However, the further I got into this book the less I enjoyed it - I don't know if that was because the same ground was being covered or if it was because the tone changed in later chapters, becoming more subjective. What I wish they had made clearer was how transient fashion is. I've even underlined a few points made in the book. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! The Vagenda blog has been phenomenally successful since it started in February 2012.
I found it read best as a humour book primarily, with many important and serious points. But all of us and we are many passionately believe that we have created something that is very much needed. But as a newcomer with only her own thoughts and experiences to work with, I found this book a good starting point to provoke topics for debate and thinking. About this Item: Poisoned Pen Press. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! This book brings nothing new to this subject, which has been covered better before, and in this age, surely the issue for the Vagenda generation is the internet, not the dwindling circulations of beauty magazines? I thought it was funny and thought-provoking.
Messages of self-esteem are wrapped up in endless advertorials about surgery. Predictably, I screamed and dropped my drink. I read these magazines as a bit of light relief particularly on long train journeys I am really wanting to like this book, however, I'm struggling. She had to do interviews, Liz Jones tore into her over on the Daily Mail really, Liz Jones should sort her own life out before laying into other people — it was ridiculous. The book, comes out May 1 st and is available for preorder through. Welcome to your indispensable guide to the madness of women's media.
Writer Laurie Penny was lambasted for an article about cutting her hair to deflect unwanted male attention. The best entertaining but very serious writing on this topic I've found. Can I also suggest to everyone that reads this book and wants to stop reading magazines to turn to Sarah Millican's publication The Standard Issue - online publication. It was as someone else said quite 'young'. Killed an hour on the Sidebar of Shame? I became an accidental Kate Bush fan because Babooshka came on with my radio alarm every day for five weeks when I was living in France they spoke too fast on that particular radio station for me to ever figure out why that was. However, that book never quite had the courage to blame capitalism for it.
About this Item: Square Peg, 2014. About this Item: Vintage, 2015. Not long after the blog started, Baxter and Cossett found themselves being assimilated into broader discussions of feminism. To keep up to speed with the stories, interviews, features and galleries we have in store for you this month, follow on , and. Plus it's reassuring and refreshing to see 'truths' you always secretly mistrusted being comprehensively laughed at. The conclusion was a hopeful one, which I liked, but some of the dieting sections, especially relating to 'fat women' getting paid less in jobs made me hate my own skin. One is quick to learn that men often need instruction and is it any wonder why? Both also freely admit to suffering from the blight of female inadequacy.