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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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For any feminist ever at a loss for words Marcotte offers no nonsense advice on handling sexism with aplomb and deadly humor, from confronting the pay gap to defusing conservative relatives. -- Ms. magazine, Spring 2008
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052266
  • ASIN: B003B3NWZS
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,399,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read several good reviews of this book, I was excited about it, thinking it would identify the sexism women face in day to day life and give suggestions on how to deal with it. Instead I found that the issues and situations the author talked about were not at all ones I could relate to. She focused a lot on issues such as abortion myths, Purity Balls, why women change their last names after marriage, and how to go on strike when Girls Gone Wild comes knocking. While I'm sure these and other similar examples of sexism occur and matter in certain women's lives, they have never happened to me. I expected some good discussion of something I and many other women deal with all the time: sexism in the workplace and in schools, and how to go about dealing with it. She had very little to say about that, which is a huge issue for the majority of women in America. As a result, she came across as writing about issues that have mattered in her life and perhaps those of her specific background but not having taken effort to find out how sexism affects women leading different lives. This resulted in very narrow and uninformed views of the ways in which sexism affects women which I found alienating.

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.
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The wit wasn't witty? Most of this books humor I didn't find humorous. (Do you like that fact that I can't stop using the same words over and over again? No. Okay, I'm not very witty either.)

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.
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I was aware at some point that this book was in the works. Imagine my surprise at finding a brand new copy of it in the back of a taxi this weekend. "Keep it," the cabby told me as he dropped me off for my appointment.

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.

Highly recommended.
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Skip Marcotte’s “It’s a Jungle Out There” if you’re looking for a feminism that challenges men--or their male sexual institutions. I think the book slims down the usual meaning of “feminism” at least by few notches.

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.
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This book is very much worth it and provides a great introduction to the hierarchical systems of dominance and oppression that drive so much of our stupid culture. If you already know about the insidious and wide-ranging effects of racism and patriarchy, you'll get a good laugh out of the way Ms. Marcotte shows us these effects. If you're still naive enough to believe that America is a place where everyone has equal opportunity, this will open your eyes. It's a perfect gift for your clever high-school or college-aged niece or nephew: it will help them become aware of just how rigged the system really is.
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It seems a bit easy to tag Marcotte as "the new Molly Ivins"; they are, after all, both smart feisty women from Texas. However, you if enjoy reading smart, funny writers, you couldn't do much better than Amanda.

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.
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