Feminasty by Erin Gibson


From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Since women earned the right to vote a little under one hundred years ago, our progress hasn't been the Olympic sprint toward gender equality first wave feminists hoped for, but more of a slow, elderly mall walk (with frequent stops to Cinnabon) ove...

Details Feminasty

Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Humor, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Feminasty

  • Johann (jobis89)
    "Too bad I don't give a fuck about what the patriarchy wants."I've been listening to the Throwing Shade podcast since I began even listening to podcasts - it was one of my first discoveries and I still listen religiously every week. Erin Gibson co-hosts the show with the just as amazing Bryan Safi, and together they tackle all LGBTQ+ issues, as well as feminist ones too. So when I heard Erin was releasing a book I knew I needed it yesterday. And ...
  • Kylie
    The perfect audiobook to listen to while walking around in Whole Foods eating cotton candy grapes
  • Lauren
    I've been reading a lot of feminist essays lately (I wonder why?), and I was super excited to read Erin Gibson's book. I finished it in two days and loved it - I deal with bad situations using humor, so I loved her writing style, but I also learned quite a bit. Highly recommend for anyone who needs to laugh while being angry (my default state).
  • Kate
    One day read. I started crying at the dedication ("To women. You are not my competition."), and the rest of my day has been a rage/delight sandwich. Loved it to bits.
  • Denise
    I have already dubbed Erin Gibson my inner nasty feminist icon. I usually try to be level headed and polite when it comes to debates about women's issues, so Erin's way of vocalizing the anger and frustration is like the devil on my shoulder being handed a megaphone. The creativity and lengths she goes to spotlight the ridiculous hypocrisy, irony and absurdity of our current political and social environment never ceased to amaze me. She can get a...
  • Jessica
    I love Erin Gibson but I couldn’t get through this book without feeling supremely depressed. At this point in history I don’t need to be reminded about how shitty things are. I’ve listened to her podcast and watched her show and get her whole vibe, and I like it. But this book is long extended metaphors designed for shock value and gross-out factor.
  • Carey
    Both funny and deadly serious. And honest and angry. I recommend this to every woman out there who thinks she can't go another day in this dumpster fire world. I wish I knew Erin in real life. I also love Drag Race, pizza, and crotch kicking. And we we born only 4 days apart. #vaaaaaaaanjie
  • Bonnie
    If I could gift this book to every woman or at least every woman in the western world, I would. This is something special. This book will make you cry with laughter, this book will make you proud to be a woman, it will also make you angry af about how women are still treated in society today. This book will inspire you to become a better woman and open your eyes to how things are really being run. This book will also give you hope because there i...
  • Bonnie
    I'm a huge Throwing Shade fan, so an Erin Gibson book promised a real treat. And it is more than that: it is a tour de force of rage, humor, and absurdity over feminist issues that do not receive enough attention. I laughed and raged at the same time, and I left a little more educated. I hope there is a sequel, as well as companion books by Bryan and Sam, named Homosensual and Heterosensitive, respectively. Long live Lady Attorney!
  • Nikki
    i'm in a special kind of hell where other women think they're giving worthwhile commentary on feminism by talking about giving blowjobs while wearing their invisalign retainers.
  • Bon
    I was sitting here deciding which brilliant quotes to point out when I realized: I want to quote the whole book. Verbally, eagerly, at EVERYONE I MEET. This book was perfection, a quick read or listen, as in my case. And I cannot recommend the audiobook highly enough; Gibson herself narrates, basically yelling the whole book at you like it's a crazy story from her trip to the grocery store and I adore it. Also, Mike Pence's words are read in a pi...
  • Rebecca Jonas
    How do you deal with the gross misogyny making up much of the shitscape of 2018 Trump Nation? Knowledge. And humor. Read this book. Learn you’re not alone in your rage. Find solace, power, empathy, and a lot of laughs, and walk away inspired and with some practical knowledge to make small every day changes. (The essay on makeup will change who you buy from). Seriously. Read this.
  • Kelly Hager
    This book is literally laugh out loud funny. This is a good thing because, to quote Carrie Fisher, "If it weren't funny, it would just be true and that is unacceptable."So yes, this is really required reading for women. It's all things you already know, but phrased in a way that will make you feel much better about how needlessly hard things can be. In a perfect world, Erin Gibson would be my friend. Unfortunately, as this book proves, we aren't...
  • Anna
    Amazing. Hilarious. Fantastic. Frightening. Fucking laugh-out-loud funny. Feminasty was sent to me by a very good and perceptive friend, and I started reading it the week I needed it most. Gibson dismantles topics like anti-abortion crusaders and abstinence-only education and Mike Pence with a perfect blend of rage, humour, and information. Like Sex Object, but so funny that I wept real laugh-tears on the subway more than once. Highly recommend f...
  • Ofilia
    Gloria Steinem said "the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off" and that is exactly what this book is plus lots of laughs. Gibson does a great job of infusing humor into topics you would never have thought could be funny. She does not hold back and that's what makes this book so enjoyable.
  • Nils
    This. Book. Is. Amazing.It is educational, infuriating, hilarious and so important. So many topics are covered here and everyone can learn something. Read this book NOW!
  • Kendall
    This book is not for beginner 'feminists'. There's language and deep thoughts and I love it.My biggest/easiest takeaway is how insane and dumb it is that medicine knows next-to-nothing about female anatomy, menstruation, and general female physiology. It is WILD how half of the population's regular physical happenings are just "mysterious" and unknowable. And mayyyybe it's that this book wasn't well researched but based on my own interactions wit...
  • Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
    Feminasty is more of a bellow than a call to arms--Gibson's style of humor is very unapologetically blunt and her prose is peppered liberally with stomach-churning visuals, graphically descriptive metaphors, and swear words you've probably never even heard before (all accentuated by the awesome PowerPoint presentation she did at her reading in Seattle). Even at her grossest, though, she stays on message, and discusses feminism in a way that doesn...
  • Mackie Welch
    3.5. I..... have thoughts. Did I learn anything? Not really. Did I laugh? A few times. I found this to be a little crass...which is saying something because I in no way talk or joke conservatively. But...I dunno it was a bit much. Especially about other women...in a book about feminism. I dunno, it wasn't entirely my cup of tea. But I also didn't hate it. I really enjoyed the tips on buying products from female-run cosmetic companies.
  • Brandon Ulman
    Vital reading in 2018. Brutal and brutally honest, told with pitch-perfect, hilarious vulgarity. And in this day and age, you have to laugh to keep from crying.
  • MomIsReading
    I burned through this audiobook this week during my commute. Loved it - it’s funny, timely, and educational. I’m off to subscribe to her podcast now.
  • Judie
    Nothing I didn't already know, but the audio book read by Erin Gibson, is fucking hilarious and wouldn't have the same effect by simply reading.
  • Dana
    This is exactly as mediocre as I expected it to be. The audiobook experience was grating, and that's coming from a huge Throwing Shade fan.
  • Jennifer Ciaccio
    Funny, smart, inspiringIf you are a woman, read this book. If you are a feminist, read this book. If you are NOT a feminist, read this book. Erin is a perfect voice for us. We're angry, we're frustrated, and we're fed up. She puts it in a way that will (hopefully) make you understand why. There are not enough stars in the world for this one.
  • Christy
    DNF. I struggled to figure out who this book was written for, as it seemed like Gibson was trying to educate readers on feminist issues but wrote in a style that would only appeal to women like me who would already agree with her on most topics. I didn’t find the author’s brand of humor funny (and the constant footnotes were sooooo annoying). When I got to the chapter on how much periods sucks, I had to stop. This is supposed to be about surv...
  • Diana
    Seriously funny!
  • Martha
    Exuberantly over the top, vulgar, and mostly hilarious.
  • Dolly
    There is sooo much to love about this book!This audiobook is a bold, candid, and, yes, hilarious rant against the forces that perpetuate the suppression of women's rights. Erin Gibson narrates her own book; I wonder how many throat lozenges she needed, since she shouted the words out in a rapid-fire, entertaining diatribe. I love her dedication: "To women. You are not my competition.". And I also love the fact that her book includes the sources s...