It isn't easy to get funny right, but for my money Gina Barreca gets funny better than most anyone writing. In her new book If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?, she expounds on issues both mundane (Spandex) and profound (love) using both poignant personal examples and the sharpest of wit to skewer the ridiculous, the over earnest and dishonest that we all cope with too frequently. This is perfect reading for those who want to smile, laugh, and ponder the world of womanhood. Having Gina as our sage, crazy guide will leave you wiser, happier, and more equipped!— Roxanne
Gina Barreca is fed up with women who lean in, but don't open their mouths. In her latest collection of essays, she turns her attention to subjects like bondage, which she notes now seems to come in fifty shades of grey and has been renamed Spanx. She muses on those lessons learned in Kindergarten that every woman must unlearn, like not having to hold the hand of the person you're waking next to (especially if he's a bad boyfriend) or needing to have milk, cookies and a nap every day at 3:00 PM (which tends to sap one's energy not to mention what it does to one's waistline). She sounds off about all those things a woman hates to hear from a man, like "Calm down" or "Next time, try buying shoes that fit."
"'If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?'" is about getting loud, getting love, getting ahead and getting the first draw (or the last shot). Here are tips, lessons and bold confessions about bad boyfriends at any age, about friends we love and ones we can't stand anymore, about waist size and wasted time, about panic, placebos, placentas and certain kinds of not-so adorable paternalism attached to certain kinds of politicians.
The world is kept lively by loud women talking and "'If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?'" cheers and challenges those voices to come together and speak up. You think she's kidding? Oh, boy, do you have another thing coming.