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The Guilty Feminist

From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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So, so SOOOOO good! Thank-you Deborah!

If you're a fan of the podcast (or you've never even heard of the Guilty Feminist), this book is such a treat. Funny, witty and informative, sometimes frustrating, sometimes sad but always hopeful. This is a brilliant example of how privilege can be harnessed and wielded for something bigger, better and bolder than the status-quo - for the good of all. Go you good thing, Deborah Frances-White!

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men

everyone should should read this. especially men you were about things you have never thought of

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Makes complex feminist theory accessible & funny!

Deborah Frances-White makes complex feminist theory accessible & funny! Honest, fair, open to failure and flaws in our everyday feminism -- The Guilty Feminist book (and podcast) provides a space where we can be human, where we can mess up and try again to get it right. It was an experience of acceptance reading (well, listening to) this book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 24-03-2019

For women everywhere...

I loved it, thought provoking and hilarious in equal measures. A must read for all women.

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  • Carmel Wright
  • 19-03-2019

Fantastic and Inspiring

Even for an avid listener of the podcast there was so much for me in this book. It is brilliant and motivating.

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  • shannan
  • 14-03-2019

Life changing read

Brilliantly well written and read out, everyone with a brain and a compacity for empathy needs to read this book!

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  • inney
  • 08-03-2019

The future of feminism

This is it and I'm 100% all for being involved with this future and passing it on to our beautiful diverse younger generations. I'm starting immediately with inviting tonight's very first feminist book club to a class inspired by everyday feminism around moving beyond white feminism <3

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  • Sharon
  • 06-03-2019

I adore this book. I keep coming back to it 👏❤️😀

Deborah is awesome. I'm a huge fan and she writes powerful words and reads them beautifully. I love it! Buy it! xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2019

Deborah is amazing as always!

It's both entertaining and educational. This is for everyone who wants to learn how to be better

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  • Aoife C.
  • 25-02-2019

This is a 'Must Read'

A well informed and well researched look at feminism. If you are a woman, used to be a woman, want to be a woman or know a woman, then you need to listen to this book. It is delivered with a great balance of humour, seriousness, passion and anger that will have you laughing and leave you thinking. I didn't zip through this book like a page turning novel. Instead, I found a slower more considered pace was needed, as I took time to have another look at my own life/ideas/assumptions through the lens of this book.
When you're finished, if you're not going to listen again from the start, you should head on over to The Guilty Feminist podcast for more applied wisdom and wit. Enjoy!

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  • Jessica welman
  • 23-02-2019

exceptional

Loved this book. If you do one thing in 2019, read The Guilty Feminist. The content covers so much more than you would expect and Deborah has a tallent at delivering serious topics in a way that make you think and also laugh out loud. I have recommended this book to everyone I know.