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The Guilty Feminist

From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies
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A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.

In 2015 I described myself as 'guilty feminist' for the first time. My goals were noble, but my concerns were trivial. I desperately wanted to close the pay gap, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.

From inclusion to the secret autonomy in rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about power structures, Deborah explores what it means to be a 21st-century feminist and encourages us to make the world better for everyone.

This audiobook also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers - Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein - plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.

Read by Deborah Frances-White, this audiobook includes live excerpts from The Guilty Feminist podcast, with interviews narrated by Adjoa Andoh and Becca Bunce.

©2018 Deborah Frances-White (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"This really is the 'everything you have always wanted to know about feminism but were afraid to ask' manual. From a mind as lucid and witty as it is kind and empathetic comes essential reading for the planet." (Emma Thompson)

Praise for The Guilty Feminist podcast: "'Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius comedians... It's shows like this that breathe life into conversations about feminism." (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)

"Tackles issues from democracy to sexuality to porn with a lightness and hilarity that makes even the newly ordained feminist feel at home." (Scarlett Curtis, Sunday Times)

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The book we all need

If everyone could laugh while reading about feminism we wouldn’t need to convince people that they are actually feminists and feminism is not a dirty word. This book is truly fabulous!

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Great listen - Mostly!

I enjoyed this book very much but my one qualm was the interviews within it: Why weren’t they voiced by the person who was actually being interviewed?!? It detracts from the content and when you’re dealing with very familiar voices such as Hanna Gadsby and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and suddenly a terrible fake accent replaces their voices – it’s an awful experience! The interviews with these awesome people are throughout the book so I would have opted to read it in paper copy instead should I have known. Better your imagination than some awful, obviously fake accent/voice replacing them!

Other than that – this book is heavy on advice and feminist lessons and fans of DFW’s podcast of the same name will love it.

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Equal by virtue of being alive

Inhale lift prayer hands up high see your thumbs
Exhale fold forward plug hands
Half way lift inhale
Exhale step or jump back chaturanga
Inhale upward facing dog
Exhale downward facing dog, pause.

I read your book to my yoga students to help them set their intentions for class. You’re very famous.

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Must read!!!

Just as good as the podcast, if not better. Quality work that is equal parts humour and insight.

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I LOVE DEBORAH FRANCES WHITE

Just loved hearing more about historical feminists and am a huge fan of the podcast

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This is a great book.

Deborah Frances-White has an incredible mind. This book weaves together feminist theory, contemporary analyses and real world goals, all the while maintaining DFW's trademark humour. I listen to the Guilty Feminist podcast every week and this book was 90% new content for me. I absolutely loved it.

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Best 10 hours you will spend

A great introduction to the patriarchy and intersectional feminism. Great read for all. Deborah also has a great reading voice.

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Love Debroah Francis White

Thought provoking book from one of my fave podcasters. The use of humour makes it entertaining too. Wherever you stand on feminist views this is worth a listen.

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Content great

I love the Guilty Feminist podcast and the book has great content. However, the interview style sections utilising a voiceover for the person Deborah is “interviewing” are really stilted and unpleasant to listen to. For example, all Australians know that Aussies don’t pronounce ‘while’ with any ‘h’ sound. :D

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Brilliant!

Hilarious and accessible dive into feminism. easy to listen to and digest, highly recommend to a anyone who wants to expand their undnerstanding

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  • Clair
  • 27-11-2018

Deborah Frances-White is Brilliant!

I listened to this book back to back. I loved every moment of it. Thought provoking, insightful witty and disarmingly funny.

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  • RubyH
  • 14-11-2018

A fire starter making feminism personal and urgent

This book literally put a fire in my belly! So much has been done before us, and we have so much to do. Apathy or clicktivism won't even maintain our current status quo. Read this book, and I promise you will be energized about what, where and how your contribution to moving inclusive feminism forward will be. I even finished the book and hit replay immediately!

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  • LK
  • 20-09-2019

Amazing

Loved it. Really learned a lot. Great companion to the very funny and informative podcast.

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  • Liesl
  • 18-08-2019

Read it NOW!

Deborah Frances White and all the remarkable women in her book has helped me rediscover my love for feminism. I have new ideas and hope for change. They did it while making me laugh out loud all the way through. DFW is creating a strong and joyous army of people who will change the world. Join us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-2019

From podcast to the book.

If you like the podcast, you will love the book. Deborah is so smart, gracious and human - we need more of her.

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  • S. Hancox
  • 06-02-2019

Pure brilliance

An incredible piece of literature full of learning opportunities, laughter, insight, and FEMINISM! I always have time to listen to DFW.

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  • Louise Mortensen
  • 10-01-2019

Nuanced and relatable

It is a great read/listen for everybody. We should all be feminist, but this book is both for the dedicated long term feminist and those new to the endeavour. Deborah inspire to inclusiveness and intersectionality

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  • Bookworm
  • 12-12-2018

Never has feminism been so entertaining

This book should be required reading for everyone. Deborah Francis-White has a rare knack for distilling some very serious topics and presenting them in the form of a hilarious, thought-provoking manifesto, which offers practical steps for dismantling the structures that keep us back (whatever our gender).
This book is so darn good that I recommend it to everyone, and will even treat myself to repeat listens as it really is THAT good.

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  • charlotte
  • 25-10-2018

Brilliantly insightful

Hilarious, eloquent, thought provoking, accessible, honest and illuminating. Highly recommend to anyone, whatever your gender - everyone can learn and identify with something here. Fantastic book and engaging performance.

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  • Ester de Roij
  • 25-07-2019

Love DFW, not so much the interviews

I love DFW, her voice her narration and her topics. She’s engaging all the way through and never boring.
I really didn’t like the interviews as they’re not true interviews, they’re voiced over by one person for all 12 people and it’s really not great. It distracted me the entire time from the interesting messages the people who were represented were putting forward.

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  • KB2013
  • 28-05-2019

Some great points but not my favourite book of the genre

I didn’t relate hugely to a lot of the discussions within this book - possibly because I live a very privileged life and I’m sheltered from issues other women face daily - but there where some good parts I found inspiring. The biggest issue with the audiobook though is many of the chapters contain interviews which have obviously been transcribed - fantastic in practice but so infuriating to listen to what in your head you want to be a conversation, but because they’re actually both just reading aloud it’s all very wooden sounding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2018

Loving this!

I listen to the podcast so thought there might not be much new but I was wrong it explains feminism in a real way from start to finish... has changed the way I feel and think and hopefully act. Thank you Deborah!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-2019

10 hour podcast extravaganza!

Deborah Frances-White is a genius. It's like listening to an epic podcast episode. Hilarious stories, inspiring anecdotes, speeches, guest speakers. Meaningful content, written to change the world.

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  • Stephanie Lane
  • 10-03-2020

Took me a while to get in to it but worth it

I’d never heard of Deborah Frances-White before I bought this book, and I struggled at first to get in to it. However, the more I listened the more I loved it, until I finished the book on Wednesday and went to see Deborah’s Podcast live on the Saturday. Wonderfully witty and full of insights from all sorts of people. My only complaint, like many others, would be the voice acting for the interview sections. This massively threw me off, so that I felt disappointed when these sections came up, no matter how valuable to content of the interview. Still, a great read that I found myself desperate for more of. Thank goodness for the podcasts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2020

Hugely overrated

I am a feminist ... and I hated this book. I think the most annoying part is the acted voices for guest quotes - if you can’t get the real person, just read them in a normal voice. The acting was appalling and really strange. Maybe I’m naive but I expected to learn a lot more from this book but it was very self indulgent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-08-2019

The greatest read for any woman and decent man!

Honestly I adored this book. I'm going to try to get all my friends and family and partner to read it. Discussing all issues from equal pay to BDSM to intersectionality - this covered ALL. Hilariously written, wonderfully read. Thank you DFW!!!

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  • Debdrizzle
  • 12-10-2018

Highly Recommended!

I loved how the author made everything so relatable and provides action plans that you can take as a guilty feminist.

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  • carolyn oxley
  • 03-07-2020

awesome and simple enough for anyone

loved this uplifted and energised with more knowledge of feminism. shared with my teenage daughter who also found it enlightening.