The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming

The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming (

Apparently, I won this book from the publisher; at least that’s what the note inside said. Don’t remember where I entered-to-win. Goodreads? Library Thing? Shelf Awareness? It doesn’t matter, but a big thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending this little gem my way and introducing me to the wit and wicked cartoon skills of Jacky Fleming.

The Trouble with Women is a funny and biting satire on how women have been left out of history and relegated to their own sphere by ridiculous notions of femininity and masculinity. Several male “geniuses” are targeted for their ridiculous theories. Ironies, double-standards, and plain ridiculousness-es are pointed out, such as: Women’s hands are weak, so they can’t hold paint brushes long enough to create great art, yet at the same time women are also slaves and work in coal mines.

I was cranky when I picked up The Trouble with Women from my TBR pile. But its a short little book and I was in the mood for something short. The first couple pages made me wary. Did I really want to read another book about how women have been stunted for eons? After all, I was crabby already. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Then I turned to this page…

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 …and burst out laughing. There’s something about that “HELP ME” that hit my funny bone. Hard. By the end of the book I was in a much better mood and ready to seize the day . . . and the rest of my life.

Sure, the book still made me angry at times, which is the point, but there’s something healing and inspiring about poking fun of the “genius” men who claimed women can’t be geniuses. It is an energy boost to the head and heart to keep us moving forward and fighting for equality today.

Title: The Trouble with Women
Author/Illustrator: Jacky Fleming
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016
Source: won it
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Bottom line: Read it now! Buy it for your feminist friends!

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