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Women Don't Owe You Pretty

Narrated by: Florence Given
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

The Beauty Myth for the Instagram generation.

Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy.

Through Florence's story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.

Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.

Warning: contains explicit content (and a load of uncomfortable truths).

The feminist memoir everyone is talking about.

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©2020 Florence Given (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Florence Given is an absolute powerhouse who relentlessly reminds women and femmes of their power, worth and intelligence. Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in." (Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower, author of What a Time to Be Alone)

"A fearless book." (Cosmopolitan)

"Rallying, radical and pitched perfectly for her generation." (Evening Standard)

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It's okay

I've been following her Instagram account for a while and thought it'd be better to get the audiobook, however the majority of this book feels like ranty instagram posts - most chapters are only between 5 - 7 minutes long. In my opinion, the topics mentioned or 'discussed' are very one sided and I guess they're experiences the author must have been through multiple times and now she wants you to know not to do the same thing, such as don't wear a bodycon dress with high heels and be uncomfortable just to please a man (idk if it's just me, but I've always dressed for myself, not for anyone else) - however, it comes across more like hate at anything considered hetero. It feels like it was written by someone who had a very sheltered upbringing and suddenly had an epiphany one day to not believe everything in advertisements or films. I'd say it's worth listening to if you don't have love for yourself or know that you don't need a significant other to be happy, but don't just believe every word she says - what works for her may not work for you. It's a very short book so you'll get through it quickly. But there's a lot of ranting and I think a mistake at one point in the recording where she had to reread a word? Overall it's a bit meh and not what I expected unfortunately, it's just a regurgitation of her instagram posts in book format.

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LMFAO

I had to laugh. This is terrible writing with immature views and as a lot of other reviewers have pointed out, reeks of virtue signalling. Sigh, instagram and snapchat have done more to fry the brains of millenials than any nuclear disaster could have. Forget having a man in her life, I wonder how the writer’s ( if one can call her a writer) female friends tolerate her? She is angry for all the usual teenage issues which in her case have seeped into her twenties. An absolutely useless read.

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Get more years under your belt

Get some more years under your belt While it does have some great empowering things to say to young women. It trips over itself I think time and again by trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings and be as PC as possible. The writer I’m sure has some experience of life however I believe that being 20 years old and being an adult for less than 1/4 of her life shows through in this. Nothing like evil capitalism to make you rich and give you perfect stage to preach

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loved it

This book is a must read/listen! Florence Given's passion in her voice makes it unputdownable!

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This book has changed my life.

I adored it so much that I went and bought the hardback too. Its a must read for anyone, not just women, to understand the femme/female experience. Florence holds you to account whilst giving some of the best advice, it feels like one of your gal pals has sat you down to give you some real, hard truths. Some of it is hard but as Florence says, so is self care and growth. I cant recommend it highly enough, all my housemates are now reading it and you definitely should too.

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This book has CHANGED MY LIFE!

Just everything about it was incredible, nuff said! Word count required seven more words. Done.

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I feel seen

Eye opening book , it made me feel angry and empowered at the same time. I am heterified at society and will start practicing setting boundaries more

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I read this because my 15 year old daughter is about to read it and I wanted to gage some perspective. I think this is an excellent book for empowering the league of young girls entering into this time in life it talks about the importance of loving yourself. and I would have loved this insight when I was 20. At times I think it can be a little too single-minded but that is the prerogative of the writer and I accept it, it's just my view. this book can sometimes come across as quite angry and not fully representative, a lot of women are mothers, I am a mother of daughters and I felt a bit left out. but I also recognise that this isn't a book about motherhood...but it is a book about sisterhood I guess. I did find that on a few occasions the writer contradicts herself but I guess that's ok just detail I noticed. I look forward to hearing Florence's version of this book when she's 30 plus. I do think everyone should read this, it is an eye opener and a reminder. I'm happy that my daughter is reading this!

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Excellent book

Really made me question ALOT about how unknowingly privileged I’ve been and the struggles that other individuals face without me even giving it a second thought. How insensitive I’ve been in my younger years and how I can improve on that. The information gained from this book will also help me prepare my three young children to be considerate of other people, to keep themselves safe and to be self aware going into the future.

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Ultimately; this book changed my life.

So I’ve bought the book & the audio, already read it twice.I was blown away. I am a cis gendered white bisexual woman and never realised certain traits within myself until reading this book “including shrinking myself” for others and “turning down my queerness”. I have checked in on my boundaries and have reflected over and over since reading. This book has even inspired me to get back into art and writing which I’d stopped due to my own trauma. My only negative is that it didn’t come out sooner. Thank you Floss.

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  • Igor Zevaka
  • 16-08-20

Eye opening

As white men, we sometimes get glimpses of how privileged we are. This book really opened my eyes to how the world treats those who are not as privileged. The depth of the entrenched gender roles is hard to ignore after reading this. I understand Florence's path and thank her for sharing her story. I am, however, left with a question. How uncompromising should we be with our relationships? Should a relationship with your partner *never* be hard? My wife and I read this and then we read Five Love Languages. Made for some real laughs at Gary's expense 😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-20

Amazing

Really liked it I personally think the narration was perfect.. Eve Cornwell influenced me to read it my thanks