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If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse by Gina Barreca

Saturday, April 02, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown

General Info:
     Title: If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? 
     Author: Gina Barreca
     Genre: Non-fiction, Feminist
     Publisher: St Martin's Press
     Publishing Date: March 29th, 2016

          - Humorous 
          - Written for all women

    Things that could have been better:
         - I can't think of anything. 

Rating: 5 stars
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Initial Thoughts

I requested this book on Netgalley, because the synopsis really interested me. I identify as a feminist, and this book sounded like a perfect book for female empowerment!

Gina Barreca is fed up with women who lean in, but don't open their mouths. In her latest collection of essays, she turns her attention to subjects like bondage which she notes now seems to come in fifty shades of grey and has been renamed Spanx. She muses on those lessons learned in Kindergarten that every woman must unlearn like not having to hold the hand of the person you're waking next to (especially if he's a bad boyfriend) or needing to have milk, cookies and a nap every day at 3:00 PM (which tends to sap one's energy not to mention what it does to one's waistline). She sounds off about all those things a woman hates to hear from a man like "Calm down" or "Next time, try buying shoes that fit". "'If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?'" is about getting loud, getting love, getting ahead and getting the first draw (or the last shot). Here are tips, lessons and bold confessions about bad boyfriends at any age, about friends we love and ones we can't stand anymore, about waist size and wasted time, about panic, placebos, placentas and certain kinds of not-so adorable paternalism attached to certain kinds of politicians. The world is kept lively by loud women talking and "'If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?'" cheers and challenges those voices to come together and speak up. You think she's kidding? Oh, boy, do you have another thing coming.

I very rarely read non-fiction/opinionated essays. So I'm finding it a bit hard to review this collection of essays! I read a couple of essays that Barreca wrote in this book - and in all these essays, the common thing that all her essays brought for me, was a barrel of laughs. Barreca has a unique way of writing - she's very concise and gets straight to the point. The way she satirises is quite profound - I know I hadn't thought of some of the things she brought up in her essays. 

I also loved how all the essays were relevant to many different women - regardless of age, race or any other division. Although at times, I couldn't relate to some of the things Barreca brought up (I'm only in my late teens...), I still read through her essays, because they were just so humorous! 

The only thing is - I didn't finish reading this book. This shouldn't be a reflection of Barecca's writing - it's more of a reflection of me as a reader. I've been in a bit of a reading slump, and I couldn't quite bring myself to finish reading Barecca's collection of essays. Regardless, the ones I did read were awesome, and they all made me laugh!

All in all - a good book to pick up if you're in the mood for some satire! :) Five stars - because not only did Barreca make me think, but she did it in such a humorous way! Loved reading If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse! I'll have to get around to reading the essays I didn't get around to when I break out of the reading slump. 

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