'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation....'
Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn't always loud. It's difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice - and how she found it!
That cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound somehow grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the Internet, making a living standing up for what's right instead of what's cool.
In Shrill, Lindy recounts how she went from being the butt of people's jokes to telling her own brand of jokes - ones that carry with them serious messages and aren't at someone else's expense. She reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she's had to overcome to make herself heard in a society that doesn't think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.
She also tackles some of the most burning issues of popular culture today, taking a frank and provocative look at racism, oppression, fat shaming, Twitter trolling and even rape culture, unpicking the bullshit and calling out unpalatable truths with conviction, intelligence and a large dose of her trademark black humour.
'Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be.' (Lena Dunham)
©2016 Lindy West (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I cannot thank you enough for writing such an enjoyable, accessible feminist narrative. For all those I'm trying to convert, you are now my go too writer.
Despite being happily married, I have a total crush on you.
A delightful, compelling and continually enthralling book. Lindy is articulate, irreverent and excellent at composing arguments which support her ideas. I learned a lot about what it's like to be growing up and being in the public eye as a woman in this digital age. Highly recommended, and I will definitely listen to it again. I was already suggesting it to others before I'd even finished it, and I'd like my teenage daughter to read it, too.
I had never heard of Lindy West and a lot of her topics were foreign to me, so I feel that my mind has been opened by this book. With honesty, intelligence and humour she shares her experience as the brunt of fat shaming, internet trolls, and outright abuse / harrassment. It has made me think and be more mindful of others.
Lindy West has bared her soul and we are better for it. Shoild be compulsory for all teenagers learning to make their way in the world and love their bodies.
"I wish she was my real life friend."
Engaging, enraging, funny and thought provoking. Lindy West feels like a friend, an ally and a hero for women everywhere.
"Knowledge and empathy"
Shrill is in the very top percentile of all the books I've listened to. It's enlightening. If you'd like to delve into the mind of someone else for a while, make that Lindy's mind.
I have learned SO MUCH about people from listening to Lindy's book. A book of personal experiences that are packed with self-awareness and curiosity. It reminded me to bring more kindness into my life.
Although life is about SO MUCH MORE than your weight, people will remind you of it constantly.
"Can we be friends?"
I am so blown away by the telling of her life in such an honest way. With all its upsets and vulnerabilities. I sobbed and cried for the last 3chapters. I laughed until tears came in the first few lighter chapters. Over two days Lindy traveled with me to and from work. I feel like I know her now. You are an inspiration and I can't wait to sit with my fellow feminist friends next week for our monthly book club meeting and discuss your book. ❤️ best wishes
"Honest and funny"
A combination of memoir and thoughts on feminism, comedy, being fat in a thin world and fighting trolls on the Internet.
"Politics of people and bodies!"
Fabulous, Feminist, Fierce!
This is an excellent exposé of the cultural oppression of people, men as well as women, who don't fit society's expressed norms. The fact that those norms are not really norms at at all, says it all (e.g. 95% of women cannot by definition be abnormal)! Lindy also explores the issues around internet trolls. Highly recommended.
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