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The Trouble With Women

The Trouble With Women (Hardback)

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CAN WOMEN BE GENIUSES? OR ARE THEIR ARMS TOO SHORT?

WHY DID WE ONLY LEARN ABOUT THREE WOMEN AT SCHOOL?

WHAT WERE ALL THE OTHERS DOING?



'Brilliantly, mordantly funny and extremely clever... There isn't a man, woman or child who wouldn't benefit from spending time with this.' India Knight



The Trouble With Women does for girls what 1066 and All That did for boys: it reminds us of what we were taught about women in history lessons at school, which is to say, not a lot. A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers' baffling theories about women. We learn that even Charles Darwin, long celebrated for his open, objective scientific mind, believed that women would never achieve anything important, because of their smaller brains.



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.

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 foundation year at the Chelsea School of Art, she went on to study Fine Art at Leeds University, where her contemporaries formed bands like the Mekons, and the Gang of Four. Her first published work, which appeared in Spare Rib, was a university essay for feminist art historian Griselda Pollock which Fleming 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 magazine and the Big Issue. She has published six books of cartoons, The Trouble with Women is her seventh.

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Finally, I know where I went wrong: “You see how pretty Emmy Noether was before she damaged her prospects with too much algebra”. So, it is not too much good food, lack of exercise, disability or approaching old age that has destroyed my youthful good looks – it is studying mathematics! Also, “The Marquise du Châtelet put herself at serious risk of growing a beard and ruining her reproductive system by dividing 9 figures by 9 other figures entirely in her head”. Fortunately, I have never been able to do mental arithmetic with numbers over about 20, so remain beardless. This wonderful little book arrived in the mail today. I was just going to look at the first page or so … but got hooked and read the whole thing (in between reading bits out to my husband – who has now begun reading it for himself. As a man he is able to do this). It is a very well observed comment on the place of women in history, recent history that is, because “in the Olden Days there were no women which is why you don’t come across them in history lessons at school”. The illustrations are superb. I particularly liked the embroidery samplers (Help Me”, “So Bored”); the fallen women (causes include “not remaining a virgin after giving birth”); the corset-less women collapsing; the male “Genius Hair” and “Naturally Selected Beards”. Speaking of beards – one of my favourite role models – Mary Beard – is missing from this book. The book is at least one laugh a page – but only because most of us now live in much more enlightened times, and no longer have to put up with such stupidity and chauvinism from men (or other women). I am so, so grateful that I grew up in New Zealand (first country to give all women the vote – 1893), in a family that believed in education for all regardless of gender, and went to a school whose six houses were named after world-famous New Zealand women: Mansfield (author); Gordon (doctor); Traill (naturalist); Williams (athlete), McStay (musician) and Batten (aviatrix), so we were educated to believe that there was nothing we couldn’t do as females (Non scolae sed vitae discamus). ‘The Trouble with Women’ show us how far we have come, how much attitudes have changed. There is still a lot that needs changing, but hopefully books like this will continue to underline how unproductive, anti-social and damaging sexism is. I would recommend this book to humans of all genders.

- 18/04/2018
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