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How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published December 9th 2018
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"If you have a choice between saving a man's ego and saving his life, trust me. Save his ego. he'll thank you for it later. I mean, he won't, because he'll be dead, but you know what I mean."

How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings by Sarah Cooper is a satirical guide for women in the workforce. At times the advice is very close to the bone. I could definitely imagine some of it being given to women as genuine advice, which is a pretty sad indictment of the state of the world. There are tips on how to "gender neutralise" your resumé, how to dress so as not to be too distracting, and how to tone down criticism or questions so as not to seem too threatening to men.

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The book also includes some blank pages to doodle on while men are explaining things to you, and a place to jot down the compliments men give you (eg. "you don't LOOK like an engineer").

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How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings will appeal to people who enjoyed Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me and any women who has experienced sexism in the workplace. It might make you angry, but it will hopefully also make you laugh, and if you stick with it until the end there is a pretty inspiring conclusion.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: October 30, 2018
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