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The Guilty Feminist

From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Poppy Morris
  • 09-11-2019

Great read

Really enjoyed the writing and ideas in this book. Highly recommend for any guilty feminist fans

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2019

loved it and learnt a lot

found this fascinating and fun, only shame is that the guest speakers didn't voice themselves

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  • 03-11-2019

Ernest and important

I’m a fan of the guilty feminist podcast and would have liked some more fresher material/subject matter but just like the podcasts it was inclusive, important, non judgemental and incredible Ernest. Lots of the brilliant and entertaining DFW doing the very Ernest dance of linguistically tiptoeing around discussions painfully trying to use the right words and offend no one. I can relate.

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  • Jessica Townsend
  • 12-09-2019

Absolutely brilliant!

Such an insightful, interesting, enlightening and enjoyable listen. So well written, Deborah Frances-White is honest and funny and covers so many topics within feminism and answers many questions I didn’t even realised I needed the answers to! I hope she keeps up her role as an activist and comedian for many years to come. Highly recommend!!

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  • Marie-Anne Elliot
  • 29-08-2019

brilliant and engaging from start to finish

Really motivating and funny at the same time, compulsive listening, loved it, more please x

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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!!!