The Trouble With Women
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The Trouble With Women

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CAN WOMEN BE GENIUSES? OR ARE THEIR ARMS TOO SHORT? WHY DID WE ONLY LEARN ABOUT THREE WOMEN AT SCHOOL? WHAT WERE ALL THE OTHERS DOING? 'Brilliantly, mordantly funny and extremely clever... There isn't a man, woman or child who wouldn't benefit from spending time with this.' India Knight The Trouble With Women does for girls what 1066 and All That did for boys: it reminds us of what we were taught about women in history lessons at school, which is to say, not a lot. A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers' baffling theories about women. We learn that even Charles Darwin, long celebrated for his open, objective scientific mind, believed that women would never achieve anything important, because of their smaller brains. Get ready to laugh, wince and rescue forgotten women from the 'dustbin of history', whilst keeping a close eye out for tell-tale 'genius hair'. You will never look at history in the same way again.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 135 x 190 x 14mm | 282g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • SQUARE PEG
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910931098
  • 9781910931097
  • 22,732

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"Jacky Fleming...is brilliantly, mordantly funny and extremely clever, and these are her finest drawings yet... The book is savagely funny and wonderfully constructed, so that you start off giggling uncontrollably but then grow quieter at each successive misogynistic shocker... There isn't a man, woman or child who wouldn't benefit from spending time with this." -- India Knight * The Sunday Times * "Fleming ably skewers the Great Men of History, not to diminish their own works but to highlight those women who were trodden underfoot... A perfect gift for all genders, ages and political persuasions but is sadly confined to the humour section rather than the place it really belongs - the school curriculum." -- Laura Sneddon * Independent on Sunday * "Fleming ably skewers the Great Men of History, not to diminish their own works but to highlight those women who were trodden underfoot... A perfect gift for all genders, ages and political persuasions but is sadly confined to the humour section rather than the place it really belongs - the school curriculum." -- Laura Sneddon * Independent on Sunday * "This book is an utter delight - it does something I always admire, making very serious points but doing so through the medium of humour and satire. And oh my god, it does it so very well, text and cartoons working perfectly together here - I had to pause my reading frequently because I was laughing too much to continue to the next page." -- Joe Gordon * Fordbidden Planet * "A collection of withering, laugh-out-loud commentaries and illustrations regarding women's lot... The perfect gift for a burgeoning feminist daughter." -- Jane Graham * The Big Issue *show more

About Jacky Fleming

Jacky Fleming is a feminist cartoonist whose work first became known through her series of pre-internet postcards which reached women around the world by snail mail. Following a foundation year at the Chelsea School of Art, she went on to study Fine Art at Leeds University, where her contemporaries formed bands like the Mekons, and the Gang of Four. Her first published work, which appeared in Spare Rib, was a university essay for feminist art historian Griselda Pollock which Fleming handed in as a cartoon strip. Since then her work has featured in many publications including the Guardian, the Independent, New Statesman, New Internationalist, Red Pepper, Observer, Diva, You magazine and the Big Issue. She has published six books of cartoons, The Trouble with Women is her seventh.show more

Review Text

"A collection of withering, laugh-out-loud commentaries and illustrations regarding women’s lot… The perfect gift for a burgeoning feminist daughter."show more

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CAN WOMEN BE GENIUSES? OR ARE THEIR ARMS TOO SHORT? WHY DID WE ONLY LEARN ABOUT TWO THREE WOMEN AT SCHOOL? WHAT WERE ALL THE OTHERS DOING? ‘Jacky Fleming nails it with her razor-sharp observational writing and drawing in this very funny and fresh take of women in history. Fleming is a genius but with normal hair’ Simone Lia ‘Highly original and very funny. Takes history and turns it upside down, adding generous dollops of wit and charm’ Isy Suttie 'What we have here is an emotionally incontinent ‘patchwork quilt’ of unreliable information, which could only be taken as historical fact by the most feeble and credulous of minds. We hesitate to say it’s because she’s a girl, but it is’ Sir Quentin Marpleton Thurrockshow more

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