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  • 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
  • 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  

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

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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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Required listening

Required listening for everyone who has an idea that things can get better in this world.

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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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  • Louisa
  • Los angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-07-18

Every woman should give this a read

Very educational, informative, and comical! I enjoyed it immensely but be prepared the details are horrendous about all the atrocities we endured. The performance was exceptional I laughed all the way through.

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funny and irreverent

this was a great read. The author performers are delightful very funny. and the information was very informative. no wonder our society is so stuck in the Mars versus Venus attitude. It's been that way since before written history. is there any hope for us?

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Men need to listen to this

So do women. It’s entertaining, educational, and enraging, in the sense that it’s 2018 and women are STILL having to fight against being second-class citizens.

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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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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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Yaaaassss Queens

Can't shout out my love of this book enough (mostly because my husband may hear me and chastise me for my loudness of volume). A hilarious and horrifying trip through time. Please make more of this series. I will buy them all. I will force "allies" to listen to them. And I will quiz them relentlessly. As a former stand-up comic and current talent agent (and lawyer), I could 100% relate to the entertainment industry section. Nothing like being mansplained my job by some dude half my age with a tenth of my education and life experience. There is nothing about this I didn't love. Except putting the laundry away. The songs were great, the idea of putting laundry away, not so much.

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Hilariously Enraging

I ran through this entire book in 2 days, it was so good! Everyone give a listen. It will make you mad at men and society whil simultaneosly giving you te giggles.

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful