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Publisher's Summary

Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including author, model, gold-digger, commentator, inspiration, dumb blonde, feminist, and mother, among many others.

Now, in her first work of nonfiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life - from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the '90s, to best-selling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work - and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image, and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising, and the media. Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss's own story. At once insightful, challenging, and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

©2014 Tara Moss (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Wonderful account of why feminism is still relevant today

Tara writes about her own experiences and provides data, evidence and case studies demonstrating that feminism is still relevant and in fact necessary. As a proud feminists myself it was great to here her edify the ideology in such a robust and positive way. Brilliant read for anyone who wants to know why women are still asking for equality.

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Thought provoking

Really interesting take on a wide variety of feminist issues. Well supported views with hard statistics provided where necessary. Very enjoyable.

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Feminism or Humanist

Perhaps because I’m Gen X, for a very long time I have been too afraid to call myself a feminist in front of my older (white) male family members; you know the ones - love Alan Jones, can tell you the inside out of a cricket game in 1982 but couldn’t tell you the date of their own child’s birthday? Yeah them.
I never felt like I could defend myself against their barrage of hurt. But now, thanks to this book, I feel confident, educated and hopeful for my sons future. I am a feminist. My three sons will be/are feminist and together, we shall set out to make the world a better place one family lunch at a time.
Thanks Tara.

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I believe Tara gave us an honest insight into parts of her life, I enjoyed it.

I believe her stories to be hers, and I wasn’t offended at all like I am by some writers ‘attention seeking’ opinions.
I could relate to her stories from the 80s with delinquent male sexist tormentors. I like to think people have evolved since then, now in 2021, but hey, maybe it’s because I’m old now, it’s not an issue; maybe young single ladies are still being tormented? But by talking about it, telling her story, this is how these societal issues are overcome, so well done. I believe she has good intentions for her female colleagues. Non-fiction is always more interesting than fiction, and I hope her biography encourages other women (ones that aren’t celebrities either) to write their life story too.

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Loved it.

Really easy to listen and relate to, to understand and think about. I love the referencing other feminists used throughout the book.

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big letdown

I was really excited to read this, it started off well but the last half to me really just translated back to the old burn your bra etc .... It also felt like Tara was pushing her views onto the reader, really disappointed.... stick to Fiction Tara , your previous books were great

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Feminism explained for everyone!

If you could sum up The Fictional Woman in three words, what would they be?

brilliant interesting important

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fictional Woman?

every single chapter!

Have you listened to any of Tara Moss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to the crime books and I loved them!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved it as a feminist and would recommend any non-feminist to at least give it a try - the woman is only telling the TRUTH!!!!

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great voice - very easy to understand even if English is not my mother-tongue (I'm Danish!)

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