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Summary

A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.

In 2015 I described myself as 'guilty feminist' for the first time. My goals were noble, but my concerns were trivial. I desperately wanted to close the pay gap, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.

From inclusion to the secret autonomy in rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about power structures, Deborah explores what it means to be a 21st-century feminist and encourages us to make the world better for everyone.

This audiobook also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers - Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein - plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.

Read by Deborah Frances-White, this audiobook includes live excerpts from The Guilty Feminist podcast, with interviews narrated by Adjoa Andoh and Becca Bunce.

©2018 Deborah Frances-White (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Critic reviews

"This really is the 'everything you have always wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask' manual. From a mind as lucid and witty as it is kind and empathetic comes essential reading for the planet." (Emma Thompson)

Praise for The Guilty Feminist podcast: "'Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius comedians... It's shows like this that breathe life into conversations about feminism." (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)

"Tackles issues from democracy to sexuality to porn with a lightness and hilarity that makes even the newly ordained feminist feel at home." (Scarlett Curtis, Sunday Times)

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Brilliantly insightful

Hilarious, eloquent, thought provoking, accessible, honest and illuminating. Highly recommend to anyone, whatever your gender - everyone can learn and identify with something here. Fantastic book and engaging performance.

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Loving this!

I listen to the podcast so thought there might not be much new but I was wrong it explains feminism in a real way from start to finish... has changed the way I feel and think and hopefully act. Thank you Deborah!!!!

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Fabulously guilty, fabulously feminist

I am a big fan of DFW and the GF podcast so listening to this book was a no brainer. It made it much more attractive that it was actually Deborah reading it herself as she was able to convey her own words so powerfully and with such timing and humour.
I would have preferred to have more of the interviews read by the actual interviewees themselves as wasn’t a fan of the way their words were spoken, but it didn’t ruin the book by a long shot.
The book is a great summary and extension of the thought process behind the GF podcast and I imagine would be a great introduction to intersectional feminism for beginners too as it delivers power, vulnerability and humour beautifully.
I intend on buying a hard copy of the book too for myself and all the strong women I love at Christmas.
Thanks DFW for putting pen to paper!

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Great

I generally loved this although the interviews felt a bit strange to listen to - perhaps better in the paper version. Otherwise great with some excellently made points that I’ll be using for my next debate on the importance of feminism!

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All good except the voices

This is another great feminist book and I liked it a lot. My only annoyance was the voices Deborah puts on for the people she interviews. It’s quite hard to listen to these, and I wish she either just used her own voice or got them to speak for the audiobook. She slightly ruins their message with a bad imitation of them and it made me want to skip those sections - which is a shame!

Otherwise worth a listen (probably better to read as a book if you can to avoid the voicing!)

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A call to arms 😍

I adored this, Deborah Frances White is a gift. I could listen to this endlessly, it makes me want to change the world.

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A winner

Hilarious, poignant, thought provoking and generally a delight. I gobbled it up in two days.

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Every women should read this!

Absolutely fantastic book for any person wanting to develop themselves. I wish they taught it in all senior schools. For boys and girls. Brilliant!

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A feminist icon

Deborah Frances-White is the feminist icon of our times. Content not to be perfect (hence the "guilty" part), she still straps on her cape and leads the right to undermine the patriarchy and give women their power.

Her inclusive and intersectional attitude to women is also a refreshing thing to see. She deliberately includes women of colour, trans* women, disabled women, underprivileged women and even men in her feminism.

And, she makes us feel less guilty about our guilty pleasures too!

Every human being should read this book. It is a tour de force for feminism. And once you've read it, check out the podcast of the same name -you won't regret it I promise.

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Loved the podcast... adored the book!

fantastic. Well structured. Entertaining. Informative. I'll listen again! :)

Listened to this because I enjoyed the podcast. It's so much more informative and deep than the podcast which I really liked.

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A fire starter making feminism personal and urgent

This book literally put a fire in my belly! So much has been done before us, and we have so much to do. Apathy or clicktivism won't even maintain our current status quo. Read this book, and I promise you will be energized about what, where and how your contribution to moving inclusive feminism forward will be. I even finished the book and hit replay immediately!