How to Win at Feminism is not a book that is intended to be taken seriously. Presented by the online satirical magazine Reductress, the book is intended to be a big tongue-in-cheek look at the modern state of Womens’ Rights. Never heard of Reductress? Think of The Onion mixed with Cosmopolitan. Yeah, kind of like that.
Here’s how they describe themselves:
The first and only satirical women’s magazine, Reductress was founded in 2013 by Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo. The mission of Reductress is to take on the outdated perspectives and condescending tone of popular women’s media, through the eyes of the funniest women in comedy today. Also, we want people to think we’re pretty.
Covering everything from “How to Feminist” all the way to becoming a personal savior for the world, How to Win at Feminism by Reductress uses modern pop culture figures to explain their points as well as extremely mocking descriptions of disparity in pay, lack of maternity leave, and catcalling. The heartbreaking thing about How to Win at Feminism is that someone, somewhere, actually believes verbatim what is written in this book. They won’t understand it’s a joke. I’d be lying if I said this didn’t keep me up while trying to sleep.
How to Win at Feminism is hilarious, but at the same time it’s a painful reminder of how far we still need to go for equality.