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Indignities of Being a Woman - Marriage and Family Sample
  • Indignities of Being a Woman - Marriage and Family Sample
  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
“In the language of the Sumerians, the word for "love" literally meant to ‘mark off land’“.
Indignities of Being a Woman - Beauty sample
  • Indignities of Being a Woman - Beauty sample
  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
Lead, urine and crocodile dung: some of the ingredients of women’s makeup over the centuries.

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  • Indignities of Being a Woman - Marriage and Family Sample
  • “In the language of the Sumerians, the word for "love" literally meant to ‘mark off land’“.
  • Indignities of Being a Woman - Beauty sample
  • Lead, urine and crocodile dung: some of the ingredients of women’s makeup over the centuries.

Publisher's Summary

It’s the 21st Century. Why the hell are women - 51% of the population - being treated like second class citizens?  

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise.

It’s the brainchild of two childless comedians, Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester. Markoe is a multi-award-winning comedy writer whose credits span television, magazines, and books. She has four Emmy Awards, one for each of her dogs. Koester has written for VICE, Jezebel and the Guardian and has one basic cable acting credit. The two writers—one a comedy veteran, the other an emerging talent—intersperse their dry wit with their own experiences of being long-suffering feminists in the modern world.

Chapter 1: Inequality
Chapter 2: Beauty
Chapter 3: Sex
Chapter 4: Religion
Chapter 5: Marriage and Family
Chapter 6: Body Image
Chapter 7: Crime
Chapter 8: Fashion
Chapter 9: Hair
Chapter 10: Medicine
Chapter 11: Entertainment
Chapter 12: Politics  

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Fun, humorous, and insightful

A must listen to book for all, especially women. Women are still considered sub par by most men, especially those in power. The delightful readers take us on a journey explaining how we (women) are still this situation. This book is funny and current. I'm recommending it to everyone I know.

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Brilliant!!!

Superb!! I wish my mother'd played this for me while I was in my cradle!

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Informative, funny, all-around excellent

If you enjoy history podcasts/audiobooks at all, I feel like this should be a must-listen.

The writing & performances are both excellent— expertly balanced between facts & jokes/commentary, keeping you closely engaged even when you're listening to it in the background. It's very funny, but never flippant. The jokes are biting but somehow also very warm? It's quite a magic trick. It feels strange to describe as "soothing" but the warmness of their voices (and especially the dynamic between the two authors) is appealing on its own, and helps the listener in navigating subject matters that are often brutally dark.

Highly recommend.

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Funny, Interesting, Educational -Best Audible

This is the best Audible Book that I have listened to (have over 300 books). It is in the top 5 books that I have ever read.
Must be listened to by all women and men that are not afraid to accept women without the social facade. It is not the type of book I normally enjoy - almost did not listen to it. Within a few minutes I was captivated and listened to the entire book that night. The authors / comedians bring together the history of the problems women have faced through the ages in a hilarious / entertaining manner. They look at different women's topics and how women have prospered / not prospered under different social standards and in different times and countries. Very educational on how women's rights have been only a very recent development. Kennedy was not nearly as unbiased toward women as I thought.
I was in high school and college in the '60s. There were massive changes during that time. I was not aware of how vast those changes were until I listened to this book even though I was 1 of a small % of women engineers (BSEE) in the '60s & '70s.
The facts were presented in a hilarious/ entertaining way.

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  • Marc A.
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 09-18-18

Astounding, Funny & Sobering History Essay Series

A very important title to learn about the history of the disenfranchisement and sexism inherent in our system that has been working against women. Megan Koester and Merrill Markoe are great presenters as well who have insightful and well written essays on the topics at hand. They are also excellent comedians providing some much appreciated humor, banter and levity to break up the subject matter. They offer up two different perspectives at times that come together to really help develop the whole picture.

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snarky, cynical, snide and too damn true...

the chronicle of,as the title suggests... the inequities, indignities and out right horror of being a woman... from ancient times through to the modern age.

if you are a woman, know or like any women or have chance to ever encounter one... it might serve you or just humanity to brush up on the stunning accounts, details, facts and unavoidable misery of herstory... history of women-kind, especially since it is possible to have earned s masters degree in history and never crossed paths with any of these details.

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Important and funny

Well researched and presented. Focusing on twelve aspects of life and civilization, the authors do a wonderful job of demonstrating the scope and severity of the ill-treatment and inequalities in the lives of women throughout history. I found the humorous tack they took in their writing and presentation just enough to keep me from crying. I can not recommend this title enough.

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  • Robin
  • Los Angeles, Ca, United States
  • 10-20-18

hilarious and fascinating

I loved this book. Most of this stuff is not to be believed. The way women have been treated is astounding and enraging. Yet the book is full of laugh-out-loud humor and the history is fascinating and accessible. I highly recommend!

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Sarcastic, Important, A+ Listen

From cringes to chuckles to chortles to full blown lols, the story is a sarcastic and cynically dry laugh at the barrage of bull that has befallen women through thousands of years of human culture. Timely and important.

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Amusing and insightful

The idea for this book came about when the authors wondered why half of the population got the shaft and decided to find out why. Through chapters covering areas like hair, crime, and marriage they tell us what they found in an amusing and insightful way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-18

Essential Listening

Factual, funny and shocking. This has made me look completely differently at the world. As a man, it's made me think "WTF is wrong with us?".

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  • Leah Byrne
  • 09-27-18

Funny, informative and thoroughly entertaining!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s so informative but deliverers with enough humour to make the dark topics and facts easy to digest without being depressed by how messed up women have been treated!
I love the bits of conversation between chapters, it further breaks up the heavy tone of the factual bits and makes it feel a bit like a podcast.
Will be looking for more content from both of these amazing authors!

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  • Lula Dembele
  • 10-30-18

Comprehensively devastating

The only book to make me laugh at my own oppression. Some how equal parts enlightening and depressing. Everyone should hear this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-18

A great start to a career as a feminist!

This book offers a laugh-out-loud presentation of all the facts that make you cry. And on the historic annecdotes: That’s just how it was in those days, yes. Time for it to be different. Great to listen to when you are putting your laundry away. Enjoy!

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  • Kriselda Burnett
  • 10-25-18

Loved it

Amazing facts and stories, terrific narration, funny, shocking, awful things. Every woman should listen and it would be nice if a few men were interested enough too as well. More please!