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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
  • 10-25-18

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
  • 10-25-18

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
  • 07-25-19

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
  • 05-13-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-19

Everyone should read this!

I really wasn’t sure if I should bother with this one and OMFG am I pleased I did! I don’t really enjoy comedy (hint, after listening to this book I know why!) and I was a bit put off by the title as I felt like, what should I feel guilty about. This book has changed my attitudes to things overnight. I’ve bought a couple of paperback editions to circulate amongst my friends. Please get it too!

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  • kerrie hume
  • 08-02-19

Funniest thing I’ve read in an age

This is a great book. It’s funny whilst not diminishing to the message and Thought provoking. A definite must read for all.

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  • kimstories
  • 07-23-19

Fabulous

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 22 - it made me nostalgic because I so loved listening to the podcast and the amazing FB group before the latter imploded.
Since this book I have started listening to the podcast again - yay

I think Francis-White makes feminism so accessible and so understandable she should be a national treasure. She also admits to making mistakes and getting things wrong. Through this she makes making mistakes okay and part of the learning process rather than the end of any attempt to improve ourselves. If we do not admit this we never learn.

This is a funny, touching and diverse look at how to be better feminists, how to be more inclusive and how to recognise where you went/go/are going wrong
So often through this book I was thinking Wow or YES!! YES! YES!
I feel inspired and motivated to do more, learn more, be more.

A wonderful book and the audiobook is read by the author and she does it so well I kept thinking she was chatting rather than reading.

Everyone should read this book and become better human beings.

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  • James
  • 07-22-19

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the book, I found some of it really eye opening. I didn't enjoy the voice artists impressions.

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  • Daniel Hollis
  • 07-11-19

Every woman should read this book!

Tells it like it is, using wit and anecdote whilst still tackling the big topics head on and fearlessly. An incredibly powerful, and empowering, book.

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  • Cathy Davis
  • 06-30-19

funny revealing and inspiring

I'm a feminist but it is still great to get a handy man in fir all those odd jobs

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  • coco
  • 10-20-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-19

I LOVE DEBORAH FRANCES WHITE

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

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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  • Kornelia
  • 03-21-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

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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  • Cindy Van Dongen
  • 02-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-25-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-18

men

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-18

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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