Women Don't Owe You Pretty Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 book everyone is talking about.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 46 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||11 June 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 696 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Feminist Theory (Books)
2 in Feminist Criticism
6 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
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I think it's the hectoring tone on privilege that grates. Given is only 21, and at 21 you do think you have the Rosetta Stone and unified field theory of everything. It will be interesting to see how she feels at 30, at 40, and at 50. I don't expect old heads on young shoulders, but I think Given does. She neglects to explore the single greatest source of her privilege: YOUTH.
Her approach currently seems to be: Don't criticise - but write a book criticising the hell out of most women. Don't impose your morality on others - but feel free to impose your ideas of morality on backward hets because they're racist and never check their privilege. I am concerned that this book provides a charter for bullies, as in her eagerness to reverse her own privilege, she puts some minorities in an 'above reproach' position. If a cishet white woman was bullied in her workplace by a minority supervisor, she would find it very difficult to get help from Florence Given.
I think she's right about a lot of things, but it will be interesting to see how this stands the test of the author growing into full maturity.
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It's good introduction to feminism for teens or young adults, or new to feminist reading as its presented in a fun way.
There was a paragraph at the end stating FG has put some resources in the back of the book to help readers, but the resources were not there. It's quite telling really, and seems to be virtue signalling and performative feminism.
If you're going to give help, it needs to be followed through.
That being said this book does probably have a place for young teens.
It is not 'life changing' and I was quite disappointed to find it was the same rhetoric that FG talks on IG as I was a fan of her for a while.
For everyone else it's a case of a pretty, white, middle class girl finger wagging and reminding you that you are a terrible person, but don't worry Florence is here to help (despite being barely old enough to have lived any form of sustained painful and arduous life worth even a shred of wisdom)
In the future we will be able to look back on this as a document that perfectly encapsulates the age of business savvy young Instagram influencers using their power over young people to make money under the pretence of social justice.
Givens carefully chosen artwork creates a mould for the rebellious young woman, a brand even. There is a consistent look depicted in the drawings and cover photo.
Interestingly, the 'look' is by most standards... pretty! with the only noticeable difference being tufts of armpit hair.
The message seems clear (as mud)
'Break the rules!.... but break them like THIS'
Carefully branded rule breaking, brilliant.
Another common theme in the book is the authors regular checking of her own privilege. At first this seems reassuring. However, once we see it happen for the umpteenth time one must wonder.. If you make a massive contradiction then acknowledge said contradiction, how does that pardon the fact that you are rife with double standards? Surely the solution would be not to perform the double standard in the first place?
Anyway, she got my money. She got yours. That's all that matters. We all ate it right up with its bold dopamine releasing colour scheme. It's sexy sentences full of short term stimulation. It's a thirst trap Instagram post in book form.
The genius is in the branding more than the content. There are other authors making the same efforts with twice as much integrity and grace.