He's a Stud, She's a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know

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Double standards are nothing new. Women deal with them every day. Take the common truism that women who sleep around are sluts while men are studs. Why is it that men grow distinguished and sexily gray as they age while women just get saggy and haggard? Have you ever wondered how a young woman is supposed to both virginal and provocatively enticing at the same time? Isn’t it unfair that working moms are labeled “bad” for focusing on their careers while we shake our heads in ...
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Double standards are nothing new. Women deal with them every day. Take the common truism that women who sleep around are sluts while men are studs. Why is it that men grow distinguished and sexily gray as they age while women just get saggy and haggard? Have you ever wondered how a young woman is supposed to both virginal and provocatively enticing at the same time? Isn’t it unfair that working moms are labeled “bad” for focusing on their careers while we shake our heads in disbelief when we hear about the occasional stay-at-home dad?

In He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, Jessica Valenti, author of Full Frontal Feminism, calls out the double standards that affect every woman. Whether Jessica is pointing out the wage earning discrepancies between men and women or revealing all of the places that women still aren’t equal to their male counterparts—be it in the workplace, courtroom, bedroom, or home—she maintains her signature wittily sarcastic tone. With sass, humor, and in-your-face facts, this book informs and equips women with the tools they need to combat sexist comments, topple ridiculous stereotypes (girls aren’t good at math?), and end the

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580052450
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 353,511
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    A quick and easy read

    This book should be required reading for everybody - female AND male. Valenti uses humor to discuss societal double standards that every woman deals with. From sexual double standards to gender roles, Valenti discusses in short essays the societal morales that men and women are held to.

    While Valenti uses humor to discuss these topics, she also offers a serious discussion on these standards. When she is discussing serious topics, she provides an insightful and well rounded look at the way our society works. She references historical, legal, and current information to outline her premises.

    Her writing style is very easy to read. The format is such that you could pick up and read one or a few of the standards quickly or sit down and read the entire book. Her tone and attitude in these essays is very down to earth. The reader feels like she/he is listening to a friend discussing her point of view on these topics. The author's language is colorful and she uses expletives but they are used in an appropriate manner that fits the discussion without being offensive (unless you are extremely sensitive about colorful language).

    He's a Stud, She's a Slut is a feminist book but Valenti doesn't take a man hating extremist attitude towards the topics. Instead, she addresses the issues without placing blame. She does point out the inequities in our society but doesn't trash men in the process. So she can appeal to all women including those who are in relationships with men or raising boys.

    This book would be a good book for a discussion group as it is a great starting point for a lesson in feminism. Each essay offers a brief look at a topic that could be expanded with other resources. At the end of each essay Valenti offers a "So.. What to do?" section. In these sections she offers different options for people to follow in order to change our society.

    Valenti's essays with quip-like titles quickly outline the double standards. These offer short vignettes of our society. From a woman being whistled at on the street to a lack of political power, nothing is off-limits to Valenti. These essays use a magnifying glass to examine society and the standards within our society. Valenti uses humor, sarcasm, and intelligence to focus our attention on these double standards so the reader can better understand the morals prevalent in our civilization.

    Quill says: This is a quick and easy read that will help the reader become more socially aware.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    The main message of this book is how and why America has such a huge double standard for females, and why we are always compared to men. There are a lot of messages from the book that I found to be valuable. All the examples the author gives show good insight to our problem with sexism. I took away a better understanding of how our government clearly supports sexism, which is a shock, on how they can get away with it all. This is a great book to read if you are interested in sexism and want to learn more about it, and then get ideas from the author on how to confront an issue if ever presented. Overall, I recommend this book to both females and males because of the education it provides. I especially recommend this book to a male, so he can become more knowledgeable on sexisms in our country. Great, interesting, insightful, easy, fast read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    Feminism enlightens women, exposing less obvious double standards.

    I thought this book was very easy to read and gave me interesting insight into a topic that I appreciate. This book exposed some less obvious double standards that effect women in daily life and I found the information very interesting. Some of the double standards seemed to repeat themselves throughout but most of them were original and great to read about.

    The double standards were short and made it easy to take a break, and use it for very light reading, or to read a few in order to get fired up. This is the type of book that makes me excited about feminism and about being a woman. It is sometimes hard to hear the differences between rights and standards of sexes, but reading this showed me how I could help the cause, and make my voice heard.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Great read

    What a great a geeat read with such insight in our society!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Eye-opening read

    The main message of the book was that women everyday face sexism and are perceived so differently in society than men. The author goes in depth about each double standard that she is aware of. Not only are many different topics discussed, but she provides a solution to each. The book is definitely in her own words and she uses some comical phrases to lighten the mood to such a serious and important issue. I thought that the section that was most valuable was the part about the rareness of women being in power and how they are seen through the media compared to men. I can improve my life by starting to stand up to double standards that occur in my life everyday, like my right to be angry and serious..because it is not funny. I can challenge other women to do the same and fight for our right to be opinionated people. I would recommend this book to either a man or a woman because it is eye-opening. I read things that I was never aware of, that occur in my life everyday. The book has 50 double standards and the description of each is pretty short. All in all, did not regret reading it!!

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