The hilarious memoir from award-winning comedian Bridget Christie.
When Bridget Christie walked into her local bookshop, she thought she'd come out with a book. And maybe a calendar of cute photos of cats (hopefully unlike you've just done). The last thing she thought she'd be leaving with was the need for a new wave of feminism and the start of an incredibly successful career.
Up until that day, she hadn't realised that misogyny was like shiny leggings: it had been making an unexpected comeback (and for the record, neither do ordinary women any favours).
From that moment, Bridget decided that the world should know that feminism is not embarrassing for women. In fact she managed to find the humour in it. And she wasn't afraid to answer the difficult questions all women wanted to know: why do fish stare at you during lap dances at Stringfellows? Do I need to have botox before heading to a pub quiz? Is bootylicious a new brand of feminism or an arse-flavoured bubble gum?
A Book for Her is Bridget's story. But it's not only a book for her, it's also a book for you. And for him, if he's not a dick. Or even if he is, he could learn something that might make him not a dick.
Oh, and what happened in that bookshop? You'll have to listen on to find out....
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Smart, funny, and painfully true. I'm so sorry it's over. I hope there's another book from Bridget Christie in the not-so-distant future.
"Says what needs saying and all funny like...."
Two weeks ago my best friend's husband...whom I adore...got out his phone and showed a video of a topless woman dancing to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. We were a group of girls at a party. He was then angry when I said, quite calmly, that I didn't want to see it.
He said I was jealous of the woman's body.
This made me angrier than I have been in a very, very long time. I hope I don't have to explain why here.
I will be buying a hardback copy of Bridget Christie's masterwork in finding the funny in the blanket suppression of we, the majority, by willy owners and sometimes, even ourselves. I think it is the spoonful of sugar needed to help that
medicine go down.
My best friend had a little girl a few months ago...I'm buying the book for her sake.
Thanks Bridget, you are a legend.
"Not just for the ladies"
Hilarious, thoughtful and moving. Christie's well honed performance style makes this my favourite recent listen.
"A lot of laughs exploring equal rights issues"
Bridget Christie brings her book to the Audible community with great enthusiasm and humour (there's loads of extra jokes where she directly addresses the listener). This is a 2015 compendium of all the shows she's done over the last 5 years and explores the themes around them. Whilst there's a load of silliness, there's also some important underlying messages of equality and respect. I'm a guy and never found the feminist issues anything other than engaging and thought provoking. Don't miss this fantastic book.
Bridget Christie is awesome and I liked having her in my ears for a few hours.
"Funny, serious, important, lovely"
I just loved this book-Bridget Christie is so smart and funny without an ounce of pomp or worthiness. It's a book I want to give to my daughter when she's older because every girl should have someone as warm and funny yo help her understand feminism and why it's not only still relevant but vital.
"A Book for Her"
Bridget Christie is an incredible comedian and she focus here on many important feminist issues. She is very inspiring and has made me feel more confident about standing up to sexism through comedy and hard facts about gender inequality. I would definitely recommend. Thanks Bridget.
"It's not just for her"
This audiobook really got me laughing; and thinking.
Christie is a terrific comedian so it's no surprise that the performance is great. She occasionally drops whatever the audiobook equivalent of the fourth wall is, chastising the listener for choosing the easy option of listening to rather than reading her book.
She really does manage to make feminism very funny without trivialising it and without preaching.
This isn't just a book for people with women's ears, I have men's ears and I really enjoyed it.
"slow down Bridget!some of us are trying to relax"
Enjoyed the book apart from the speed she reads at which meant I had to really pay attention which was tiring. I got a bit fed up of her bemoaning the fact that she had to narrate her own book for those too lazy to read it. I know it was a joke...repeated too often but I listen to books as I have an illness which makes it hard to read the written word...so there Bridget!!! . I'm not sure if it will appeal to anyone who isn't already a feminist but good one her for trying. I did find her funny and witty. I enjoyed her radio 4 talks "Mind the Gap" but wondered why she had Fred mcAuley as her sidekick as he calls his wife Mrs Fred and has admitted on his (now defunct ) show that his wife does all the cooking and cleaning etc...so not really a feminist then?. Interesting that she was given no choice in that. The only real problem was the speed of her reading. She obviously REALLY wanted to get to the end of the book.Much too fast for me. I enjoyed the book but wouldn't buy another one from this author due to her speed of narration. Check it out before buying I would say. She is likeable , clever and funny
"Good Points Appallingly Made"
Far less sarcasm. For the first hour of the book it appears to be the only comedic technique Christie has in her arsenal. And for the book to be generally less patronising in tone.
The most interesting aspects were the points about society that were being made. The least interesting aspects were Christie herself.
The book was unpleasant and uncomfortable to listen to, and not for the reasons Christie would like. The points made in the book are all salient ones, but they're made in the most irritating way imaginable.
"Thanks for doing an audio book..."
...the assumption made early on that everyone who listens to audiobooks is somehow lazy and doesn't understand how to use a real book is incorrect. As a blind person I desperately tried to find the Braille version of the book. Despite spending several hours in a number of bookshops fondling the shelves in the feminist section I could not find it, although I did accidentally molest a couple of feminists and get forcibly removed and barred from one of the shops. For some reason being blind was not an acceptable defence and was overlooked due to my being male.
Anyways, having listened to the book in all its animated glory I can only conclude that the Braille version would have seemed a little dry in comparison.
As a sanctimonious hypocrite I find that comedy with a purpose or message is the best comedy of all and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The bits about FGM horrified me but also lead me on a trail where I discovered MGM. Contrary to FGM which has been high profile in the media and politically I found that MGM was not on anyone's agenda. I found this odd, why not just make an issue of genital mutilation performed on anyone regardless of sex? Why ignore it in one sex in preference of another? Why the division? It almost suggests that MGM is not even an issue or that the cultural mutilation of males does not matter.
As a result I have started a campaign group to try and stop mgm. Our first protest outside of a Brit milah in Kensington didn't go so well. We were arrested and prosecuted for anti semitism. It seems lack of consent from an 8 day old baby does not matter if the WHO say that sub Saharan men are less likely to contract HIV if they have been circumcised. I wonder if they have stats on HIV for men who have been castrated in their youth? The feminists I have met also mostly think Leviticus 12:3 is not a particularly offensive part of the Bible in contrast with the vast bulk of the rest of it.
Our second protest targeted the Warrumanga tribe from Australia but we were accused of racism and supporting anti indigenous hate groups.
Next we are moving on to a campaign about the Xhosa: teenage boys undergo genital mutilation often become seriously unwell due to infection and sometimes die for a number of reasons associated with the procedure and the rite of passage that follows. We have been told by authoritative sources that we will be ignored by people from that culture because we are not real men - having not been circumcised. (Not that we'd intended to get our dangly bits out at the protest.)
I digress, this book is funny, smart, generously ambiguous and devoid of real responsibility. I wish you'd been my mummy BC, I'd have grown up with a different and much more interesting range of mental problems than I have now.
Well done you!
P.S. You might spot me at your gigs - I am wearing the 'I am not a man I am a human' T shirt.
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