The Trouble with Women (Hardcover)

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"Women have been retrieving each other from the Dustbin of history for several thousand years now..."

Jacky Fleming is doing just that with this work of wit. In it we are confronted with the laughable ideas about women held by male 'geniuses' of the past, ideas that have facilitated the erasure of women's voices and accomplishments throughout history. Dripping with sarcasm and accompanied by charming illustrations, this is an easy laugh out loud read that you will want to share.

— From Dean


Perfect for fans of Kate Beaton, Lena Dunham, and Caitlin Moran, The Trouble with Women is a feminist's brilliant, tongue-in-cheek, hysterical look at women's "issues," "frailties," and "failures" in our not-so-distant history.

Ever noticed that women don't feature much in history books, and wondered why? Then this is the book for you. In The Trouble with Women, feminist artist Jacky Fleming illustrates how the opinions of supposed male geniuses, such as Charles Darwin (who believed that women have smaller brains than men) and John Ruskin (who believed that women's main function was to praise men), have shaped the fate of women through history, confining them to a life of domesticity and very little else.

Get ready to laugh, wince, and rescue forgotten women from the "dustbin of history," while keeping a close eye out for tell-tale "genius hair."

About the Author

Jacky Fleming is a feminist cartoonist, whose work first became known through her series of pre-internet postcards, which reached women around the world by snail mail. Following a year at Chelsea School of Art, she went on to study Fine Art. Her first published cartoon was a college essay, which she handed in as a cartoon strip. Since then her work has featured in many publications including The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, New Internationalist, Red Pepper, Observer, Diva, You, Big Issue.  She has published six books of cartoons. The Trouble with Women is her seventh.

Praise For…

“This book is savagely funny and wonderfully constructed. . . . There isn’t a man, woman, or child who wouldn’t benefit from spending time with this one.” (India Knight, The Sunday Times)

"This book is an utter delight—it does something I always admire, making very serious points but doing so through the medium of humor and satire. And oh my god, it does it so very well, text and cartoons working perfectly together here—I had to pause my reading frequently because I was laughing too much to continue to the next page." (Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet)

"A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers’ baffling theories about women … Get ready to laugh, wince and rescue forgotten women from the ‘dustbin of history’, whilst keeping a close eye out for tell-tale ‘genius hair’. You will never look at history in the same way again." (John Freeman, Down the Tubes)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781449479763
ISBN-10: 1449479766
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 128
Language: English