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The Trouble with Women Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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“This book is savagely funny and wonderfully constructed. . . . There isn’t a man, woman, or child who wouldn’t benefit from spending time with this one.” (India Knight, The Sunday Times)
"This book is an utter delight—it does something I always admire, making very serious points but doing so through the medium of humor and satire. And oh my god, it does it so very well, text and cartoons working perfectly together here—I had to pause my reading frequently because I was laughing too much to continue to the next page." (Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet)
"A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers’ baffling theories about women … Get ready to laugh, wince and rescue forgotten women from the ‘dustbin of history’, whilst keeping a close eye out for tell-tale ‘genius hair’. You will never look at history in the same way again." (John Freeman, Down the Tubes)
About the Author
Jacky Fleming is a feminist cartoonist, whose work first became known through her series of pre-internet postcards, which reached women around the world by snail mail. Following a year at Chelsea School of Art, she went on to study Fine Art. Her first published cartoon was a college essay, which she handed in as a cartoon strip. Since then her work has featured in many publications including The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, New Internationalist, Red Pepper, Observer, Diva, You, Big Issue. She has published six books of cartoons. The Trouble with Women is her seventh.
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It's like the author really took a look at all these old photographs and found humor in them that is absolutely THERE if you look at them with new eyes. Then she used the humor in those pictures to present a new history of women and to explain just what the trouble with women is. Within the pages and cartoons of the book are several notable women that I'd never heard of, that really I think I should have. Some of these women's lives would be the best movies! Like Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Queen Victoria's black goddaughter. I had fun looking up the women online and learning more about them.
There's a bit of sexual humor in it, but I'd buy it for a daughter of my own if she were 13 and up. The 'worst' are drawings of cartoon naked ladies. They aren't that graphic, but some come with references to virginity and 'fallen' women.
This would be a great book to pass around the office- it doesn't take that long to read and I can't imagine ANYONE not getting a kick out of it.
To get an extra dose of enjoyment out of it, after you read the book, go back and look up the women discussed online, and check out the old pictures of them. I doubt I will ever look at old pictures and be bored again.
I myself found it harder to enjoy the humor in this book, preferring to focus on the women who actually did manage to break free of these horrible constraints and accomplish more than history has given them credit for. A little book called "Wonder Women" features short profiles of 25 women from the 13th century to modern times who managed to defy expectations in so many different ways. "Wonder Women" would be a good complement to "The Trouble with Women," offering a bit of relief from that deadening suppression and even some inspiration. Both books together would make great gift for women just heading out into this crazy world.