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From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, but more of a slow, elderly mall walk (with frequent stops to Cinnabon) over the four hundred million hurdles we still face. Some of these obstacles are obvious-unequal pay, under-representation in government, reproductive restrictions, lack of floor-length mirrors in hotel rooms. But a lot of them are harder to identify. They're the white noise of oppression that we've accepted as lady business as usual, and the patriarchy wants to keep it that way. Erin Gibson has a singular goal-to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In FEMINASTY-titled after her nickname on the hit podcast "Throwing Shade"-she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious. Whether it's shaming women for having their periods, allowing them into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation, Erin breaks down the organized chaos of old fashioned sexism, intentional and otherwise, that systemically keeps women down.


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From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, but more of a slow, elderly mall walk (with frequent stops to Cinnabon) over the four hundred million hurdles we still face. Some of these obstacles are obvious-unequal pay, under-representation in government, reproductive restrictions, lack of floor-length mirrors in hotel rooms. But a lot of them are harder to identify. They're the white noise of oppression that we've accepted as lady business as usual, and the patriarchy wants to keep it that way. Erin Gibson has a singular goal-to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In FEMINASTY-titled after her nickname on the hit podcast "Throwing Shade"-she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious. Whether it's shaming women for having their periods, allowing them into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation, Erin breaks down the organized chaos of old fashioned sexism, intentional and otherwise, that systemically keeps women down.

30 review for Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    "Too bad I don't give a fuck about what the patriarchy wants." I've been listening to the Throwing Shade podcast since I began even listening to podcasts - it was one of my first discoveries and I still listen religiously every week. Erin Gibson co-hosts the show with the just as amazing Bryan Safi, and together they tackle all LGBTQ+ issues, as well as feminist ones too. So when I heard Erin was releasing a book I knew I needed it yesterday. And let me tell you, it was every bit as honest, scath "Too bad I don't give a fuck about what the patriarchy wants." I've been listening to the Throwing Shade podcast since I began even listening to podcasts - it was one of my first discoveries and I still listen religiously every week. Erin Gibson co-hosts the show with the just as amazing Bryan Safi, and together they tackle all LGBTQ+ issues, as well as feminist ones too. So when I heard Erin was releasing a book I knew I needed it yesterday. And let me tell you, it was every bit as honest, scathing, bold, provocative and hilarious as I expected it to be. I do have a huge girl crush on Erin <3 Gibson tackles a plethora of different feminist issues in this book of essays - from how we are told we should dress to how we are encouraged to join the STEM fields but we are never actually treated like we truly belong. Each self-contained essay had me almost crying with laughter, whilst also simultaneously filling me with a deep rage in a way that only Erin knows how to do. But hey, don't just take my word for it. If feminist literature floats your boat, and you don't mind blunt and graphic depictions of body fluids (don't worry, it's incredibly relevant), then pick up Feminasty. Or at least listen to Throwing Shade and look absolutely insane laughing your head off while stuck in traffic. Gibson sets the tone with her dedication, and that's how I'll end my review: "To women. You are not my competition."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    The perfect audiobook to listen to while walking around in Whole Foods eating cotton candy grapes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I've been reading a lot of feminist essays lately (I wonder why?), and I was super excited to read Erin Gibson's book. I finished it in two days and loved it - I deal with bad situations using humor, so I loved her writing style, but I also learned quite a bit. Highly recommend for anyone who needs to laugh while being angry (my default state).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aline Alves

    "Expected publication: September 4th 2018" NOPE, TOO FAR, I NEED IT NOW

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    One day read. I started crying at the dedication ("To women. You are not my competition."), and the rest of my day has been a rage/delight sandwich. Loved it to bits.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carey Gibbons

    Both funny and deadly serious. And honest and angry. I recommend this to every woman out there who thinks she can't go another day in this dumpster fire world. I wish I knew Erin in real life. I also love Drag Race, pizza, and crotch kicking. And we we born only 4 days apart. #vaaaaaaaanjie

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    If I could gift this book to every woman or at least every woman in the western world, I would. This is something special. This book will make you cry with laughter, this book will make you proud to be a woman, it will also make you angry af about how women are still treated in society today. This book will inspire you to become a better woman and open your eyes to how things are really being run. This book will also give you hope because there is a change in the air. It may not be in one fell s If I could gift this book to every woman or at least every woman in the western world, I would. This is something special. This book will make you cry with laughter, this book will make you proud to be a woman, it will also make you angry af about how women are still treated in society today. This book will inspire you to become a better woman and open your eyes to how things are really being run. This book will also give you hope because there is a change in the air. It may not be in one fell swoop, but it's happening and the more women who are more aware and educated as to what is happening to other women in society, politics, religion, and the world, will only spur on this change for the better. Read it and laugh, get angry, think, educate, and be the best woman that you are capable of being and inspire change in others.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I'm a huge Throwing Shade fan, so an Erin Gibson book promised a real treat. And it is more than that: it is a tour de force of rage, humor, and absurdity over feminist issues that do not receive enough attention. I laughed and raged at the same time, and I left a little more educated. I hope there is a sequel, as well as companion books by Bryan and Sam, named Homosensual and Heterosensitive, respectively. Long live Lady Attorney!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    i'm in a special kind of hell where other women think they're giving worthwhile commentary on feminism by talking about giving blowjobs while wearing their invisalign retainers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I have already dubbed Erin Gibson my inner nasty feminist icon. I usually try to be level headed and polite when it comes to debates about women's issues, so Erin's way of vocalizing the anger and frustration is like the devil on my shoulder being handed a megaphone. The creativity and lengths she goes to spotlight the ridiculous hypocrisy, irony and absurdity of our current political and social environment never ceased to amaze me. She can get a bit heavy-handed sometimes, but her arguments are I have already dubbed Erin Gibson my inner nasty feminist icon. I usually try to be level headed and polite when it comes to debates about women's issues, so Erin's way of vocalizing the anger and frustration is like the devil on my shoulder being handed a megaphone. The creativity and lengths she goes to spotlight the ridiculous hypocrisy, irony and absurdity of our current political and social environment never ceased to amaze me. She can get a bit heavy-handed sometimes, but her arguments are founded in REAL evidence and REAL experiences/events (and she cites her sources in the back of the book!!!) and on top of that she does it in a hilarious and sarcastic way. There was so much in the book that I had never realized or heard of concerning women's history and other seedy dealing concerning legislation and politics. Beyond talking about more political topics she also shares some of her own personal anecdotes. So much of what she talks about is instantly relatable to any woman during these modern times. I had the honor of seeing her during her book tour, only a week after the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, and let me tell you, I have never felt so safe and supported with a group of women than during that event. This book came at the perfect time in my life and was such a great way to feel less alone during times of exhaustion and defeat. Every woman (and men!) should go out and read this book. It may not be the most refined feminist text out there, but it definitely opens a window into the angry exasperation of being a woman. Her comedic approach was perfect for a topic that hits so close to home. If you dont laugh about it, you would cry about how fucked up it is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Jonas

    How do you deal with the gross misogyny making up much of the shitscape of 2018 Trump Nation? Knowledge. And humor. Read this book. Learn you’re not alone in your rage. Find solace, power, empathy, and a lot of laughs, and walk away inspired and with some practical knowledge to make small every day changes. (The essay on makeup will change who you buy from). Seriously. Read this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nils

    This. Book. Is. Amazing. It is educational, infuriating, hilarious and so important. So many topics are covered here and everyone can learn something. Read this book NOW!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    This book is not for beginner 'feminists'. There's language and deep thoughts and I love it. My biggest/easiest takeaway is how insane and dumb it is that medicine knows next-to-nothing about female anatomy, menstruation, and general female physiology. It is WILD how half of the population's regular physical happenings are just "mysterious" and unknowable. And mayyyybe it's that this book wasn't well researched but based on my own interactions with medicine, it seems pretty accurate. And strange. This book is not for beginner 'feminists'. There's language and deep thoughts and I love it. My biggest/easiest takeaway is how insane and dumb it is that medicine knows next-to-nothing about female anatomy, menstruation, and general female physiology. It is WILD how half of the population's regular physical happenings are just "mysterious" and unknowable. And mayyyybe it's that this book wasn't well researched but based on my own interactions with medicine, it seems pretty accurate. And strange. That said, I cried. I laughed WHILE I was crying. I cried while I was laughing. I was angry and uplifted and cringed a multiple times and really, just really, admired Erin Gibson for being who she is and being passionate and angry and knowledgable and unapologetically HER. Recommend if the above interview didn't scare you aware.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ofilia

    Gloria Steinem said "the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off" and that is exactly what this book is plus lots of laughs. Gibson does a great job of infusing humor into topics you would never have thought could be funny. She does not hold back and that's what makes this book so enjoyable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love Erin Gibson but I couldn’t get through this book without feeling supremely depressed. At this point in history I don’t need to be reminded about how shitty things are. I’ve listened to her podcast and watched her show and get her whole vibe, and I like it. But this book is long extended metaphors designed for shock value and gross-out factor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book is funny and engaging and shared facts in a fun way. However, it is written for someone just like me a democratic women in her mid-thirties who swears too much and has a deep knowledge of RuPaul’s drag race. I feel like she could have made it slightly less confrontational and won over people who are new or curious to feminism.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    This book is literally laugh out loud funny. This is a good thing because, to quote Carrie Fisher, "If it weren't funny, it would just be true and that is unacceptable." So yes, this is really required reading for women. It's all things you already know, but phrased in a way that will make you feel much better about how needlessly hard things can be.  In a perfect world, Erin Gibson would be my friend. Unfortunately, as this book proves, we aren't in that world. But we are in a world where she cal This book is literally laugh out loud funny. This is a good thing because, to quote Carrie Fisher, "If it weren't funny, it would just be true and that is unacceptable." So yes, this is really required reading for women. It's all things you already know, but phrased in a way that will make you feel much better about how needlessly hard things can be.  In a perfect world, Erin Gibson would be my friend. Unfortunately, as this book proves, we aren't in that world. But we are in a world where she called Donald Trump a "self-contained human centipede" and so it's still a good one. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Amazing. Hilarious. Fantastic. Frightening. Fucking laugh-out-loud funny. Feminasty was sent to me by a very good and perceptive friend, and I started reading it the week I needed it most. Gibson dismantles topics like anti-abortion crusaders and abstinence-only education and Mike Pence with a perfect blend of rage, humour, and information. Like Sex Object, but so funny that I wept real laugh-tears on the subway more than once. Highly recommend for any woman who's pissed off at the state of the Amazing. Hilarious. Fantastic. Frightening. Fucking laugh-out-loud funny. Feminasty was sent to me by a very good and perceptive friend, and I started reading it the week I needed it most. Gibson dismantles topics like anti-abortion crusaders and abstinence-only education and Mike Pence with a perfect blend of rage, humour, and information. Like Sex Object, but so funny that I wept real laugh-tears on the subway more than once. Highly recommend for any woman who's pissed off at the state of the world right now.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Hurd-McKenney

    Feminasty is more of a bellow than a call to arms--Gibson's style of humor is very unapologetically blunt and her prose is peppered liberally with stomach-churning visuals, graphically descriptive metaphors, and swear words you've probably never even heard before (all accentuated by the awesome PowerPoint presentation she did at her reading in Seattle). Even at her grossest, though, she stays on message, and discusses feminism in a way that doesn't make you feel stupid or excluded. I love all th Feminasty is more of a bellow than a call to arms--Gibson's style of humor is very unapologetically blunt and her prose is peppered liberally with stomach-churning visuals, graphically descriptive metaphors, and swear words you've probably never even heard before (all accentuated by the awesome PowerPoint presentation she did at her reading in Seattle). Even at her grossest, though, she stays on message, and discusses feminism in a way that doesn't make you feel stupid or excluded. I love all things Erin Gibson and I hope this book makes her rich. Minus 1 star for footnotes

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mackie Welch

    3.5. I..... have thoughts. Did I learn anything? Not really. Did I laugh? A few times. I found this to be a little crass...which is saying something because I in no way talk or joke conservatively. But...I dunno it was a bit much. Especially about other women...in a book about feminism. I dunno, it wasn't entirely my cup of tea. But I also didn't hate it. I really enjoyed the tips on buying products from female-run cosmetic companies.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Ulman

    Vital reading in 2018. Brutal and brutally honest, told with pitch-perfect, hilarious vulgarity. And in this day and age, you have to laugh to keep from crying.

  22. 5 out of 5

    MomIsReading

    I burned through this audiobook this week during my commute. Loved it - it’s funny, timely, and educational. I’m off to subscribe to her podcast now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This is exactly as mediocre as I expected it to be. The audiobook experience was grating, and that's coming from a huge Throwing Shade fan.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Seriously funny!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Exuberantly over the top, vulgar, and mostly hilarious.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Read McReaderson

    This was just okay to me. I think Gibson is a funny writer and there's some LOLz in there, but sometimes I feel like she's going too hard on the radical feminism just for the sake of it... like she's playing a character or something. It feels insincere. I would be able to take her arguments more seriously if she was able to illustrate the other side better, and take down their platform piece by piece. But instead, she comes off as a bit mean-spirited and dismissive. And this is coming from someo This was just okay to me. I think Gibson is a funny writer and there's some LOLz in there, but sometimes I feel like she's going too hard on the radical feminism just for the sake of it... like she's playing a character or something. It feels insincere. I would be able to take her arguments more seriously if she was able to illustrate the other side better, and take down their platform piece by piece. But instead, she comes off as a bit mean-spirited and dismissive. And this is coming from someone who agrees with her for the most part! There's also a lot of pop-culture references that already feel dated, or that totally flew over my nerdy head. That added to the air of trendy hollowness that plagues this book. She starts the book by basically saying that the patriarchy is causing most of the problems in her life. Which to me, is crazy! It reeks of zero self-accountability and lazy finger-pointing, which is a major problem in modern feminism. This book definitely has some funny moments, and serves as an interesting time capsule of female rage after the 2016 election, but I think these essays could have been more thoughtful and soul-searching. Instead, the book lives up to its title in an unfortunate way: Feminist, yes, but also Nasty: unpleasant, cold and morally dubious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This is a quickly-read collection of humorous essays on many social topics - feminism, the hell spawn that is Mike Pence, #metoo, lady bits, and much more. It’s very current and very 2018. This works well if you read it when it’s released but it’s not a book that is going to age well since it’s packed full of pop culture references that will fade from memory with in a few years time. Overall, Gibson addresses many important subjects and brings humor to each of them with expertise and style. Ther This is a quickly-read collection of humorous essays on many social topics - feminism, the hell spawn that is Mike Pence, #metoo, lady bits, and much more. It’s very current and very 2018. This works well if you read it when it’s released but it’s not a book that is going to age well since it’s packed full of pop culture references that will fade from memory with in a few years time. Overall, Gibson addresses many important subjects and brings humor to each of them with expertise and style. There were a few parts where the jokes felt like they were shoehorned into the text simply for the sake of being there rather than improving the essay, but overall it’s an enjoyable read. I know of Throwing Shade but haven’t listened to it at all, nor was I familiar with Gibson prior to reading. Neither of those things affected my enjoyment of the book. If you’re like me and couldn’t pick her out of a lineup before seeing the cover, no worries. You’ll still like the book if you enjoy smart and witty women discussing problems faced by women (and others) in modern society.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I highly recommend this book in general, but especially in audiobook format. Erin Gibson's delivery is an absolute delight. In fact, I would say if you already read it in book form, it's worth buying in audiobook form just for a few moments I won't spoil here, one of which made me have to take a break from running on the treadmill at the gym so I could catch my breath from laughing so much. This book has it all. It's hilarious, educational, distressing, disgusting, and therapeutic all at the same I highly recommend this book in general, but especially in audiobook format. Erin Gibson's delivery is an absolute delight. In fact, I would say if you already read it in book form, it's worth buying in audiobook form just for a few moments I won't spoil here, one of which made me have to take a break from running on the treadmill at the gym so I could catch my breath from laughing so much. This book has it all. It's hilarious, educational, distressing, disgusting, and therapeutic all at the same time. Erin ties women's issues in with her own personal stories that I found so refreshing to hear because she's so honest. It inspired me to be more frank in my own life about all the ugliest parts of being a woman in the United States.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    I stumbled on this audiobook thanks to the Forever 25 podcast and am so glad I did. Probably not something I would have picked up otherwise. I heard her on the podcast talking about how men own the beauty industry and she did the research to figure out how to support women owned beauty companies and it sounded like something I'd be interested in. Her book is pretty crude definitely not my normal style of memoir humor but I really enjoyed the bluntness and it was really effective. The chapter on I stumbled on this audiobook thanks to the Forever 25 podcast and am so glad I did. Probably not something I would have picked up otherwise. I heard her on the podcast talking about how men own the beauty industry and she did the research to figure out how to support women owned beauty companies and it sounded like something I'd be interested in. Her book is pretty crude definitely not my normal style of memoir humor but I really enjoyed the bluntness and it was really effective. The chapter on Betsy DeVos sent me down a rabbit hole of sexual assault exonerations (spoiler alert it's like 10% of exonerations). She's open and honest in a humorous way about subjects that should be important to all women and I appreciate that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Skyler

    Erin Gibson is incredible and so is this book. It is hilarious and has a great perspective. Having listened to hundreds of hours of Throwing Shade, I couldn't escape Erin's voice in my head while reading -- many times I wished I had gotten the audiobook just to be delighted by her delivery.

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