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It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments Paperback – Bargain Price, March 25, 2008
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I suggest that anyone thinking about buying this book check out the author's blog which is on [...] first to see the author's writing and issues of interest to get an idea of the topics she writes about and considers "feminist" issues, and if you still are interested after that, look through the book at a bookstore before spending your money. I wish I had.
The format of this book fell flat for me as well. And there was some trans erasure in this book. Not one I would recommend to my feminist friends, but not horrible.
I started reading it right away in the crowded but quiet lobby of my "specialist." I must have looked like a fool, trying and failing desperately not to giggle and laugh out loud as I read. Thank god I was called in to my appointment before completely humiliating myself in front of the rest of the other people in the waiting room.
Once at home I could laugh out loud all I wanted. Marcotte is clever and whip-smart. She's fair and her analysis is spot on. Googling her turned up a cornucopia of other material she's written, all of it in a hip feminist voice that succeeds not just because she elucidates with humor, but because she speaks with compassion and care.
Skip this book if your vision is anything other than 20-20. Because the print is tiny and faint.
Skip it if you’re over 20. Because it’s by and for YOUTH.
Skip this book if you’re not enamored to sophomoric satire, or vacuous humor. Yes, there are biting moments, but its wit, and cleverness often fall short or way short--and it can be unnecessarily divisive.
Skip it if you disagree with Academia’s love affair with popular culture. For this is an attempt to score under that rubric.
And skip it if the style of a nest of online postings strung together and tidied up a bit for the sake of topics doesn’t appeal to you.
Read this book if the religious right and its bullying attack on feminist and their gains is your area of study or central focus. This will be an addition to your library and/or bibliography on the subject.
And read it if you are not bothered by the above provisos.
Marcotte takes a somewhat jaundiced eye towards the patriarchy, and the book comprises less a treatise against the institution, and more of an attempt to stay sane. You're not going to find great arguments; you will find some great pranks. Know that going in and you'll have a blast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The general idea was there, but it felt at times as if it was a last minute thrown together book report. Poorly researched, lazy writing, no real New ideas.Published 9 months ago by Kailey Lindsey
In a world were you can not turn on the tv without sexism in a very idiotic form starts pouring through the screen you need humor to keep you sanity.
I loved this book
I picked this book up at random in a book store, opened to a random page, and was sucked in and riveted for two hours.
It's so true! Read more
Amanda Marcotte brings the funny. A very amusing and pointed book on the social dilemmas faced by feminists--made me laugh out loud at times (not easy). Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by MizDarwin
I liked it and found it funny, but superficial in terms of inspiring. Would recommend Saundra Pelletier's "Saddle Up Your Own White Horse" to read for inspriing ways to take charge... Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by nettie reynolds
I think the writer and publisher were so caught up in how ironic sexism is that they just couldn't resist adding in a bit of ironic racism to go with it. Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Rose Grant
There's no way I can buy a book that has the blatantly racist images that this one does. Both the author, Amanda Marcotte, and the publisher, Seal Press, have a reputation of... Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Jan Rachel Friedman
Each chapter of this book begins with a photograph of a Tarzan-like blonde woman trying to make her way in an "inhospitable" environment. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by Kristin Rawls
Amanda Marcotte was my introduction to the new wave of online feminism, and I'm liking what a see. A funny, smart, worthwhile book. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by MaryT