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HAVE YOU EVER…Obsessed over your body’s ‘problem areas’?Killed an hour on the Sidebar of Shame?Wondered whether to try ‘50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man’?Felt worse after doing any of the above?Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy – not just about magazines, but abHAVE YOU EVER…Obsessed over your body’s ‘problem areas’?Killed an hour on the Sidebar of Shame?Wondered whether to try ‘50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man’?Felt worse after doing any of the above?Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy – not just about magazines, but about music videos, page 3, and women being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.So, following the amazing success of their Vagenda blog, they wrote this book. Welcome to your indispensable guide to the madness of women’s media. ...

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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media Reviews

  • Victoria Sadler
    2018-11-25 02:38

    My full review is up on Huffington Post of this book so I don't want to replicate it here but I found this book patronising at best, offensive at worst. It gives little attention to women who aren't white or straight, it runs down women they don't agree with eg Kim Kardashian, women who like lacy knickers, and plays fast and loose with facts.This book brings nothing new to this subject, which has been covered better before, and in this age, surely the issue for the Vagenda generation is the internet, not the dwindling circulations of beauty magazines?

  • Gayle
    2018-11-26 02:49

    It's a rare thing for a book to make me laugh aloud, and fear for the safety/sanity of men and women alike.They write like my friends talk, they don't shy away from rude stuff, they swear like real women in the real world swear. The conclusion is rightly harrowing. The best entertaining but very serious writing on this topic I've found. Will be insisting everyone I know reads it...

  • Anna
    2018-11-27 01:23

    I came across 'Vagenda' in the library whilst hunting down Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution. I opened it and found it so readable and entertaining that I finished it within a day. As it is based on a blog (which I’ve read intermittently), this isn’t surprising. I wasn’t expecting ground-breaking feminist theory, as that isn’t what the book is for. It’s a litany of amusingly-expressed criticism of women’s magazines and their business model of making us feel fat and ugly in order to push products. I used to read such magazines years ago, before I realised that I could find pretty fashion pictures on the internet without advertising (Adblock Plus is a wonder) or asinine editorialising. Despite the deliberately casual tone and detailed mockery (uncomfortable underwear gets a lengthy takedown), the underlying points are not ignored. There is a certain overlap here with Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, which also decries the way that traditional gender roles and sexual objectification are being sold back to women as 'empowerment'. However, that book never quite had the courage to blame capitalism for it. 'Vagenda', by contrast, baldly states: ‘All you have to do is look around you to see that capitalist feminism has been a resounding failure. Capitalism has never looked kindly upon its underlings, and unfortunately that’s what women still are.’ The book ends without any scheme of feminist economics that would deal with this (the search continues), but that isn’t within its remit. Instead, there is a description of the ideal women’s magazine, one that treats women as people rather than as ugly dolls in need of fixing. Encouragingly, print magazines are going downhill and better online magazines are emerging. The underlying issue of commoditised female insecurity remains, though. As long as you don’t expect more than it promises, a dissection of UK women's magazines and some limited elements of media sexism, this book is a good read. I can’t say it told me anything really new, but it was an entertainingly-written reminder.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-08 01:45

    I gave up on women's magazines years ago - around the time I realised:a) they really were full of crapb) they weren't writing 'for me'; they consisted mainly of articles mainly about dieting, cellulite, finding/dumping/keeping 'your man', how to please him in bed, shoes, and getting drunk/hangovers, none of which interest me or are relevant to my lifec) £4 or so is a lot to pay for a lot of shiny pages of adverts: for that, I would rather buy a bookd) related to c, I would rather read a book.If you feel the same then this particular book won't enlighten you or tell you anything you didn't already know. It is, however, interesting and eye-opening to read the detailed analysis of just how pointless women's (and men's ...?) magazines are. It's just a bunch of people trying to make you feel about yourself so you will buy their products. Why not just read the Ikea catalogue instead? At least a new bookcase will make you feel happy (once you've spent the requisite 6 hours figuring out how to assemble it).

  • Anke Tymens
    2018-11-28 05:28

    A good read, an interesting read, often stating the obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. Sadly it's not offering many solutions to the issues it summarises so well.

  • Jess
    2018-12-11 22:33

    This is a great introduction to feminist issues in the media, and especially in women's magazines. At times laugh-out-loud hilarious, and others sombre and serious, The Vagenda was great to read as a young woman trying to make sense of the shit magazines try to feed us. After reading this, I'm not sure I'll ever look at magazines the same way. I feel weirdly guilty about the collection of Seventeen magazines under my bed, and my recent Victoria's Secret haul. I simultaneously feel more educated about the issues present, and better for reading this book. It usually takes an open-minded approach (although the attitudes to women only enjoying gentle, vanilla sex seemed to prevail until the last chapter, which was a bit better) and mostly made me feel better about myself. The conclusion was a hopeful one, which I liked, but some of the dieting sections, especially relating to 'fat women' getting paid less in jobs made me hate my own skin. Still, a nice read as an intro to the topics raised. I checked out the blog, too, having only heard of it from the book, and I like it.Four stars.

  • Anna
    2018-12-04 03:28

    The tone is patronising and the view of women and the media they consume narrow. It's repetitive and offers nothing new (models are airbrushed, editors are influenced by fashion and cosmetics industry PRs, dieting advice is dangerous...). The book ignores new media completely and looks mostly at Cosmopolitan and other women’s monthlies and lad mags like Loaded, making it sound like it was written in the 1990s. Something I found particularly problematic was the way the authors criticise Cosmopolitan’s '50 sex tips' type of articles with the argument that 'let’s face it, there are only really about 10 sexual moves in existence' – upholding the same narrow view and control over women's sexuality that they are supposed to be critiquing. Needless to say it is very heteronormative (lesbianism referred to in one sentence as 'something you do with your genitals') and doesn't really look at representation of race. I hate to be so critical of a popular feminist initiative and certainly don't want to see feminist writing restricted to the ivory towers of gender studies departments but we need something better on the market than this.

  • Merima Smajic
    2018-12-11 01:31

    This book was entertaining and informative but I admit the more I read the less the rating I was contemplating being generous with, became.To combat girls being looked down upon by 'morally loose men' let us become.... Morally loose our selfs.I mean what else is a sentence like this supposed to inspire:'Perhaps it's time to stop using the word 'slut' altogether, because if we want women to make their own sexual choices without fear of society's judgement, then the word shouldn't really exist at all'REALLY? I can't even...Instead, here's a thought; why not make men feel ashamed of their 'loose morals' by actually having standards and integrity. Because at the end of the day an average 25yo woman has no respect for a 'player' not even these 'players' want their daughters to end up with players and why in the world would I want myself to emulate something or someone I don't highly regard

  • Louisa Harvey
    2018-12-05 02:47

    I give this 4*s because I think it would be great for young adults. It's pretty hilarious in places and some of it was still shocking to me (the extent of the rape normalisation in university publications for instance). It was as someone else said quite 'young'. I don't see that as a bad thing. I'm in my 30s and still got something out of it but would say it's a great book to buy a teen or someone in their 20s if they're new to this kind of thing.

  • Iset
    2018-12-07 22:25

    I have to be honest, I think this book suffers for the fact that I read it straight after Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism. Whilst Everyday Sexism was a hard-hitting read, examining sexism from street harassment, through workplace discrimination, media impact, women in the professional world, and more, with Bates supporting her arguments with referenced facts and copious reports made to the Everyday Sexism Project, The Vagenda felt like it suffered in comparison, making a few unsupported statements and, surprisingly, failing to utilise the many contributors to the website. Whilst Everyday Sexism has media influence as one of its chapters in which it examines the presence of sexism in media and influence of media on sexism, amidst a much wider serious discussion about sexism in many different areas of society, The Vagenda does it the other way around, the main focus of the book being on how consumerism in the media has promoted sexism, with a conclusion briefly touching on the wider societal implications. Simply put, it left me wondering how many times I needed to read about how pointless magazine articles ruthlessly denigrating a celebrity’s appearance are, when Bates’ chapter on the same topic achieved the same effect of highlighting this noxious blend of sexism and consumerism much more succinctly.The Vagenda is also written in a chatty style that didn’t work for me; Everyday Sexism’s serious tone helped make the impact of the information it was trying to get across, whilst reading The Vagenda I wondered when the authors were going to get down to the point and match its tone to the seriousness of the issues (the subtitle of the book is, after all, “The zero tolerance guide to the media”, which rather implied some hard-hitting discussion within). I found myself agreeing with some of the sentiments within, but felt that the jokey tone detracted from taking it seriously. Others have pointed out that The Vagenda lacks any sort of “double discrimination” discussion about the challenges faced by those who are not only women but non-Caucasian, disabled, bi- or homosexual, and transgender – Everyday Sexism includes such a discussion, with the admission that it can only scratch the surface of such issues – whereas The Vagenda appears lacking in its failure to touch on the topic.I also had a slightly bizarre experience with the book. In the introduction, the authors describe how:“we had consumed an awful lot of glossy trash over the years – glossy trash that had been telling us how to look, think and behave since we first left the local newsagent’s clutching a copy of Mizz in our sweaty little sherbet-covered fingers… As tweenagers, we graduated from the romance comics, spooky stories and ‘I kissed a boy during my first period, am I pregnant?’ problem pages in Shout, Mizz, Sugar or Jackie, dependent on your age, to those with a more mature demographic such as Just Seventeen (later rebranded as J-17). For our own generation, J-17 (which everyone knows you read when you were 13 and hid from your scandalised mother, lest she find the bit about 69ing) was the go-to magazine for sex advice, trading as it did primarily in information and revelations about boys in the same way that Jackie traded in romance and engagement stories in the 1970s. But these sorts of stories have a sell-by date, and by the time you’re a teenager, you’re being steered headlong into Cosmopolitan, Company and Grazia. An addiction that lasts a lifetime is born.”Why was this bizarre for me? I’ve never read a magazine (and I'm the same generation as the authors, incidentally). The authors describe a personal experience being ‘hooked’ into magazines at a young age and progressing to more adult versions as part of the process of growing up as a young female, and its clear from reading the book that many women have been through the same experience, to the point where the authors sweepingly address all women in the book, urging our gender to put down the magazines and not to buy into their consumerist crap. I seem to be some sort of abnormality; a female that wasn’t sucked into magazines at a young age and has always been baffled as to why anyone would pick them up in the first place. As I read through the authors’ exhortations and revelations that the magazines are out to make women feel bad about themselves so they will buy the products advertised, I found myself thinking “well duh!” Surely I can’t be the only woman who’s always thought that such ploys by magazines are transparently obvious and there’s absolutely nothing worthwhile within to ever warrant my reading let alone spending money on one of these publications? Yet Cosslett and Baxter seem to describe women regularly falling for the nonsense magazines pump out, and then realising, as the authors do at some point during their twenties, that, hang on just a minute, this is all bullshit!I’m actually rather surprised that I didn’t like this book more than I thought I would. Coming off Everyday Sexism I thought The Vagenda would be the perfect follow up, and just a fortnight ago I was chuckling and mentally applauding The Vagenda website for lampooning the ridiculous gossip rag and tabloid celebrity “headlines” such as “Celebrity A flashes cankles during walk to shop – eating too much cake?” and “Celebrity B snaps selfie of trim figure – what a show off!” The Vagenda still highlights such ridiculousness here, and rightly so, and for the magazine addicted woman who’s never quite been able to figure out her love-hate obsession with magazines, the authors point out that their only objective is to take your money through whatever underhanded, body-shaming tactics they possibly can. But for me the chatty tone detracts from discussing the issues seriously, the authors make a big mistake by not utilising the great resource of contributors to their website, and all in all the book just comes off poorly next to the far better Everyday Sexism, where Laura Bates’ scrupulous referencing of facts, utilisation of her contributors, succinct chapter on sexism in the media, and serious discussion of almost all the other areas of sexism at least briefly, makes for a compelling, impactful, resonating read that is simply superior. I feel bad marking down a book whose authors have goals I basically agree with – yes, sexism in magazines is bad, and silly, and people should be more aware and stop buying them – except, in their conclusion, Cosslett and Baxter don’t say people should stop buying magazines (which, as another reviewer pointed out, would force magazine editors to sit up and pay attention), they just vaguely outline their ideal-world magazine (one with women of all shapes and sizes and a distinct lack of body-shaming), and encourage women to join other campaigns against sexism. Bates’ Everyday Sexism book actually provides clear advice on how to help in situations of sexist discrimination, what the legal definitions of sexual assault and unfair workplace discrimination are and encourages people to report such occurrences to the police, and share their experiences with others to spread awareness. In the acknowledgements, Cosslett and Baxter thank “everyone at Elle, who, despite being a women’s magazine, were chilled enough to still want to work with us on a brilliant feminist campaign”. Really?! Despite blasting Elle, amongst other high-profile magazines, the authors endorse them in the acknowledgements? One can't help but think that looks odd in a book whose primary purpose is to blast the sexism and consumerism in publications including Elle.5 out of 10

  • Katey Lovell
    2018-12-05 00:53

    When I first started this I loved it - witty and yet powerful, fact-filled yet an easy read. It made me think once more about the power the media hold over us, and how women are portrayed in magazines, adverts and on TV. However, the further I got into this book the less I enjoyed it - I don't know if that was because the same ground was being covered or if it was because the tone changed in later chapters, becoming more subjective. Still, a thought-provoking feminist read with a touch of humour.

  • Heather
    2018-12-13 00:38

    I don't really read feminist books, and it's not because I disagree with what most of them say. For example, when I read some on feminist issues RE: my dissertation, a lot of it was aggressive, ludicrous and just generally disagreeable (I probably chose wrongly, though).But, the reason I read The Vagenda is because I saw Holly and Rhiannon at Edinburgh Book Festival and liked them. Simple as that. I liked the way they spoke about feminism and various issues, I like the way they dealt with someone who raised the "but people are people" argument with an open dialogue, not a feisty put down.You may finish this and fear you can never enjoy a magazine again (they did note at the event that Elle actually asked them for advice on how to be better, so I'd say they're a good shout), but the reason I like it is because I laughed. I agreed so heavily with a lot of what they said, but they made me laugh along the way.They said that laughter is a way to engage people, especially youngsters who fear speaking up or asking questions. They're more comfortable to talk about serious issues if it's not clad in a super-serious exterior. I can see why they succeed in schools where some people I'd seen before hadn't. I'm in a hurry, and there's no point in breaking this down point by point. There were some passing comments that were a bit overly judgmental, and a few that people might turn some people off (I know flippant comments with other feminist stuff have really put me off or made me feel odd. See: Caitlin Moran), but I think that this book would be good for teen girls to see the hypocrisy in magazines without it being a lecture, if that makes sense?I don't know. I really enjoyed their talk, so I'm reading it from the point of view of relating it to a lot of what they said and spoke about. But in general I think A+ feminist book. It's crass at times, it cuts the shit and is good for younger girls too.Hmmm. I avoided it before I heard the talk because I was worried it would go down the same route as others I'd read before, but yeah. Rambling.You can read my feature on their Edinburgh Book Festival event here.

  • Bro Gan
    2018-11-30 00:27

    Having attended Rhiannon and Holly's event at the Edinburgh Book Festival I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I found it incredibly patronising and extremely heteronormative. Whilst I agree completely with the premiss of the book - women's magazines are pretty shitty - I don't enjoy the way in which they've approached the subject. They complain that magazines and the media make women feel stupid (something worthwhile complaining about) however, they treat their readers in a similar fashion. They presume all women thumb through magazines crying unable to generate a thought that doesn't revolve around how they look. This alone is pretty shitty but throughout 'The Vagenda' there are also jeers and 'funny' remarks made at women who are models (aka. too skinny) or declaring that no women looks good in disco pants (I beg to differ, lol). They repeat themselves a lot, which after a while gets incredibly boring. I don't feel I learned anymore than I had done from reading their blog (which I happen to quite like) - it didn't add anything. I usually enjoy satirically written books but felt that this just took things too far and was way too judgemental of people who may not feel the way they do about certain aspects of feminism. I think it's a shame because having sat through a discussion - enjoying most of what the girls had to say - I wanted to enjoy what they had written. Whilst I believe a lot of what they talk about is true (if not all of it) I don't think they've managed to put it across in a way that's enjoyable to read - plus, it really didn't detail anything new. That being said I feel that this book would possibly be a good, easy starting point for young girls (in their mid teens) who are interested in reading about feminism in an accessible and easy to understand manner.

  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    2018-11-25 00:49

    The Vagenda first sprang into being back in 2012 when Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Coslett began a blog, borrowing the term 'vagenda' from a broadsheet article about 'women in the workplace with a hidden agenda'. There are many, many, oh so many portmanteau terms which burst into life via the pages of magazine (my personal bugbear is staycation - why not just say you're on holiday?) but Baxter & Coslett felt that 'vagenda' was 'both pleasing to the ear [and] perfectly encapsulated the aims of the blog: to expose the silly, manipulative and sometimes damaging ulterior motives of women's magazines.' They quickly realised that they were not alone in this and two years on, they have produced this intelligent, quick-witted and highly readable book.For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.blogspo...

  • Catstello
    2018-12-12 23:34

    Feminist literature inspires a lot of mixed emotions for me and I imagine it’s the same for a lot of people. It’s always a reassuring but devastating moment when you meet a woman whom you have shared a similar experience with. The Vagenda mainly focuses on the dire treatment of women in the press. Covering past and present, it’s disheartening to see not much has really changed and that’s enough to get any feminist down. Fortunately, both Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett are two hilarious ladies who really lay into the media moguls who want us to hate ourselves.See what others thought here:

  • Amy Barratt
    2018-11-22 02:42

    I enjoyed reading this book - it's interesting and very thought provoking. It's clear that the authors are very passionate about the topic of women's glossy magazines, and the way women are portrayed in the media. It was funny in places too, perhaps not 'laugh out loud', but still. I didn't find the tone of the book to be particularly patronising, it is, however, quite vulgar in places (but hey if the shoe fits..).Overall, I enjoyed The Vagenda. There is nothing ground breaking or revolutionary to it, but it is does bring some of the highlights (or lowlights) of the media to your attention.

  • Lauren
    2018-12-16 01:34

    I am really wanting to like this book, however, I'm struggling. Lots of great sentiments but the tone is pretty patronising. The agency is completely removed from the individual and I am left feeling like an idiot just because I sometimes read Glamour and Grazia. Do the authors really think that any one who ever picks up a woman's mag automatically feels compelled to run out and get botox to please 'their man'?!? I read these magazines as a bit of light relief particularly on long train journeys. To be honest they lost me at the bit where they compared a tired shopper to a veteran from 'Nam'. I identify myself as a feminist unequivocally but I'm going to struggle to finish this book.

  • Olga
    2018-12-14 21:23

    Everyone should read The Vagenda. I wish I had read the Vagenda when I was 13 years old, before I started taking an interest in my sister's fashion magazines. I wish my sister had read the Vagenda before she started collecting and reading fashion magazines. I wish my parents had read the Vagenda before they let my sister spend her allowance money on fashion magazines. If you've ever wondered whether you're going crazy because of the seemingly endless contradictory bullshit thrown at you about female sexuality, you need to read the Vagenda! It will make you feel sane again.

  • Sharon Gardner
    2018-11-22 01:32

    I think this book is perfect for young women who are negotiating the minefield of contemporary media. The authors of this book are saying we are on your side and you really don't have to take this crap any more. I gave up reading women's magazines in my 20s because I found them depressing, but luckily I didn't have to deal with pornofied music videos, mainstream comics doing rape jokes and sites like Uni lad. If you're a young woman read it and feel empowered. If you know a young woman buy this for them.

  • Genna Imogen
    2018-12-02 21:25

    Everyone needs to read this book. I'm currently sitting on a train and want to pass a copy to every other passenger so they can start immediately. Though absolutely everything will have flaws at points, The Vagenda is an incredible summary and discussion on some of the biggest and most important issues women are forced to face daily in the 21st century. A perfect introduction to the necessity of feminism, for misogynists to Misandrists, and everyone in between.

  • Alex Arnott
    2018-11-21 02:37

    I love this book! So much better than "how to be a woman": It causes laughter and anger in the same sentence. I would personally have edited the book so the hardest-hitting (for me) chapters towards the end were perhaps cushioned by humour, as it left me feeling more depressed than inspired, but your mileage (and triggers) may vary.

  • Lisa Edwards
    2018-12-03 21:49

    Don't let the slightly breathless, blog-style writing of this book belie its serious content - a young person's view of women in the media. Knowing that my weekly Grazia goes for a 'distress-in-a-dress' cover headline has made me not want to read it this week. I've already given up on Red magazine because it made me feel shit about my life. This book examines why.

  • Madamedupin
    2018-12-17 00:26

    This book is necessary. I grew up in the eighties and I thought feminism was self-evident. I have become increasingly dismayed at the ground lost since then. This book teaches another generation not to take any shit.

  • Andrea Knowles
    2018-12-07 04:43

    The style of writing seems to be to aimed at younger people and the book would make a really great gift for a fledgling feminist. I must admit that although I laughed out loud several times, the book wasn't quite insightful as I'd've hoped.

  • Ash
    2018-11-18 00:38

    Didn't finish, not going to.Patronising, crude, vulgar, factually inaccurate, repetitive, badly researched, badly referenced, and badly written.There's better material online. For free.

  • Jacqueline Lee
    2018-11-29 05:28

    AMAZING. Pointing out all the things I have suspected or realized, but didn't have the capacity to voice. Yes. Thank you. :')

  • Tricia
    2018-12-15 05:36

    Typically hilarious and no less intelligent, The Vagenda restored my faith in (some of) humanity and gave me a few laughs along the way.

  • Megan (Magic & Musings)
    2018-11-17 22:26

    Review to follow.

  • jojo
    2018-11-23 01:27

    I found this a very funny sarcastic review of women's media.... as a kind of circus of ridiculousness that rapidly becomes alarming. I found through experience that women's mags always make me feel depressed (and with a mysterious urge to buy crap I don't need) so gave them up years ago. Sometimes I have another try but most womens mags just don't deliver what I hoped for, not a fun diversion but an expensive advertising broadsheet with bizarre value judgements crammed in between. Of the more recent magazines Oh Comely and Bust are probably my favourites, and are slightly more likely to feature more ethnically and sexually diverse women. Nothing is ideal but there are alternatives.if you do read fashion magazines such as Cosmo or Glamour this is a great, humorous look at some of their common themes and techniques. It's also quite a fun look into the world of advertising in general. You will probably be aware of most of their techniques already but there is something about seeing them all condensed that I found quite striking. Plus it's reassuring and refreshing to see 'truths' you always secretly mistrusted being comprehensively laughed at.One thing I find interesting about women's magazines is they are purportedly by women for women, something we are enmeshed with, crave, but use to punish ourselves and uphold impossible standards. They aren't just imposed from the outside but are bought from choice. The chapters cover a general overview, then the way magazines present body image, cod-science, sex, uncomfortable clothes, fashion, relationships, careers, eating habits, infantilising language and men's magazines, ending with suggestions for a new positive kind of magazine. It does also include race and orientation now and again, ie reminding us of the racist and disturbingly eugenic base of 'ideal face shapes' which are 'always, always white', as well as the way mags ignore lesbian and bisexual women entirely. It also stresses throughout that your preferences should be respected and that there is no feminist incompatibility with stripping, waxing etc, as long as it is purely out of choice and not shaming or coercion. It also includes magazines for young girls and young women, and their benefits and disadvantages.The sheer amount of puns got a bit exhausting, but it made me laugh a lot. As a bonus I also got a fun and informative bus conversation on South Asian gender roles with a guy who was secretly reading it over my shoulder who couldn't help laughing. (beware: reading about the minutiae of pube waxing on a crowded bus is sort of embarrassing at times).It would have been good to include more about the business structures of these mags and of the market domination by just a few media corporations. Few media business magnates are female, though most of the magazine staff are. As others have said, possible solutions would have been good too. I found it read best as a humour book primarily, with many important and serious points.

  • Sinead
    2018-12-01 05:33

    I have always been of the opinion that both women's and men's magazines are wrong in every aspect. It has always been about making you feel ashamed for who you are and that you are not good enough and selling you things that you don't need and don't work. I have not read them for years due to this. The history of media doing this was very interesting to read however and most shocking aspect is that the sexism and shaming continues today. I felt that the way this book is written is just on the right side of humourous despite it sometimes being a bit repetitive. It is also quite angry in places which I agree with where its warranted but some parts were a bit over the top. (Can I also suggest to everyone that reads this book and wants to stop reading magazines to turn to Sarah Millican's publication The Standard Issue - online publication. Proper reading for ordinary, intelligent women where shaming does not exist).