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The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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Fun, funny, and informative. I found myself really interested in finding out more about the men, and women I had never heard of, and seeing different perspectives on people I thought I knew. I liked how unflinching some of the articles on some of the different people were, and they didn't avoid looking at the more negative attitudes, and judgments of many of them. Pretty sad how many older feminist leaders seem to be deeply transphobic. I did like the breadth of women and men included. They seemed to do a good job including important, and less well known figures from all groups without having anyone feel included just to be included.
They tried very hard to keep an open mind, but there were places that I felt were a bit disappointing. I didn't like some of the dismissive, and almost patronizing attitude they seemed to have towards Pagans and Wiccans. They are not all flaky Goddess worshippers or Hippies (that really shouldn't be a pejorative term), and it's pretty sad to see a book like this falling for those outdated stereotypes. I also didn't like the generalizations of "white women". Making blanket statements about any race should be unacceptable, and white women are no more a homogeneous group than any other race of women. I wouldn't make such a statement about another race of women, and it would be nice to receive the same courtesy in return. I did like the refusal to fat shame, and the respect shown to women of all sexualities, and gender expressions, and the attention focused on racism (except for that one small issues), and classism.
Overall a well researched, interesting book on a diverse range of people, and ideas. Both funny, and thought provoking.Read more ›
The book is great for coffee tables, although may not be appropriate when kids are present, (read: it's awesome!)
One somewhat annoying weakness is the author apparent tin ear for music. Perhaps that is why she conflates having musical talent, selling a lot of records, and coping an attitude..A musical composer and arranger as influential and creative as Emmy Lou Harris, for example, is dissed as being mainly a "duet partner" in a brief smurky writeup, while way too many punk rock figures are treated as musical geniuses. And Joni Mitchell's pop hits such as "Free Man in Paris" are classified as "folk music" by a "folksinger. So in other words, this is fun sociology, but not always an accurate guide to which women made major contributions to creative fields,at least for the field of music.
But that is a minor fault. Overall, this book does a good job in capturing the cultural context of past and present political and literary figures of merit,And the deadly serious definition of "postfeminist" is something to savor. We both liked this book, though we both thought the author would likely be able to do a better job with historical contexts when she gets a little older and has more history of her own. But right now this is very entertaining, never boring, often incite-full and maybe important counterbalance to conventional and academic history's "big man" fetish.
I skimmed through it before wrapping it up and was tickled by some of the entries they decided to use.
Awesome gift for anyone, best for fan's of Jezebel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was in excellent condition and it came very fast! Also it's hilarious, and fits in perfectly with my book collection. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kyrah Geib
extremely entertaining, even for men! give one to your sister or wife.Published 19 months ago by m.k. smith
This is actually an interesting book, and I really should award it four stars, possibly even five. However, it falls short in two areas, small yet so significant areas that it gets... Read morePublished 19 months ago by demarion
What were the Jezebel writers thinking? This book was just strange. Maybe I would have liked it better if I knew it actually read like an encyclopedia and not a real book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SS
Really, I can't believe how reasonably priced this informative and witty book is. I would expect to pay a lot more for it. Very fun book!Published 22 months ago by Cecilia Stein
I sometimes find sardonic humor amusing,but I quickly grew tired of the negativity in this book.
Nearly every reference to motherhood had a glib and mean-spirited... Read more
A LITTLE learning is a dangerous thing. If you rely on this to fill in the gaps you'll be disappointed. Is it possible that a book can actually make you dumber?! Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Sigrid Olsen