BOOK REVIEW: If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? June 10, 2016
“If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times
I had the great pleasure of hearing Dr. Gina Barreca read excerpts from the book “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?” at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop. She’s got a thick Brooklyn accent and a gravelly, tobacco stained voice that makes her extra funny.
Dr. Barreca, aside from being hilarious, is a professor of English Literature and a feminist scholar at the University of Connecticut. This book is a feminist book – it is about the empowerment of women, and what stands in our way, and also how we stand in our own way. It is NOT a male-bashing book. Not in the least. Neither is it a substance-less book. But that doesn’t take away from its readability. It is still laugh out loud funny.
This is a collection of essays. Some of them are personal, some of them are philosophical, and some of them are merely to entertain. But there are always pearls of wisdom slipped in there, and the message comes across without being ham-handed. One of my favorite concepts: women hold up half the sky, and they do it while carrying a 500 pound purse.
And, as I was having a conversation with a friend about this very topic, this image came across my newsfeed on Facebook:
Seriously. Does that alone not make you want to read this book? (I’m assuming that by copying and pasting this ad and not charging for it that I’m not violating any copyrights……) This is a book that will not only entertain, but instruct. It’s a book all women should read — it’s going to be my go-to graduation present for all girls and women.
In any event, to read more, or to buy the book, click the handy-dandy Amazon link below:
Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side. Her latest book, “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place” was awarded the Gold Medal for humor in the Foreword INDIES awards in 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here. If you want Lori to help you market your book, click here.
BOOK REVIEW: If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?