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Men to Avoid in Art and Life

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The largest chunk of text comes from the foreword by comedian Jen Kirkman, which is of a tone with the rest of the book. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. I enjoyed the creativity, humor and the unmistakable match of punchlines and paintings but I found the book too short and insufficient to satisfy your enthusiasm. On her social media accounts, Nicole Tersigni fights toxic masculinity and gender discrimination with humor and irony, every day.

I like taking dark things and finding humor in them because we all experience terrible things, and we need to find ways to laugh about them. Here, in our author's hands, what's irksome in a woman's everyday life is effectively alleviated with cutting drollery. The artwork is beautiful, like having the Met Museum in your living room, and the captions are hilarious. A few weeks later, she was introducing a new employee (a woman) to the office staff, and one male employee launched into an explantation of the program my daughter had designed. Being able to see it from another person’s perspective is so important and it’s something that you don’t do unless you are forced to.Tersigni combines art history with social media to create something almost every woman (and maybe some men! The concept is pretty played out by the time you get to the end of the book but I felt like for 95% of it, the humor was totally on point, and I found myself giggling out loud more than once. The artistic examples Tersigni has chosen are absolutely perfect for her material - the reader can't fail to sympathise (and empathise) with the recipients of all this masculine "insight".

It's laugh-out-loud funny, if you find women funny, of course, and will almost certainly upset men in both art and life, which is a beautiful gift in and of itself. Starting as a Twitter thread that went viral, Men to Avoid in Art and Life captures those hilariously relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than she does. It also made me want to strangle someone at times though :-) The humor was biting, sarcastic, and just what I needed for a change while locked down at home for this virus that seems never ending. I have an almost ten-year-old daughter, and I want her to know that this is not happening in her head and that she can acknowledge it and do something to fix it. These less qualified men of antiquity dish out mediocrity as if it’s pure genius * For the women who have endured overbearing men over the centuries * Written with hilariously painful accuracy”Now, when you’re riding a horse, you need to make sure to keep a good grip on the reins.It's in the vein of the popular comical memes that pair vintage art with sassy statements; only here, the art is classical and the statements are a painful kind of comedy as they highlight the ludicrous lows of sexism. Men to Avoid in Art and Life’ pairs classical fine art with modern captions that epitomize the spirit of mansplaining. For readers unfamilar with the latter, Tersigni cleverly pairs examples from the last 500 years of European art with appropriately illustrative statements attributed to the male characters. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Through cringe-induced empathy, this timeless gift book of shared experiences unites women across history in one of the most powerful forms of resistance: laughter. To those who will get the joke and to those who won't (in the hope this will open their eyes even a little bit). I don’t usually engage with them anymore because my platform has gotten so much bigger so there’s a lot of them.

This collection of famous art mixed with observations and snarky comments about men gave me quite a few laughs. It’s huge that my little joke book created this wonderful conversation, and even if just those two people read it and connected, that’s enough. But then after reading through it (it’s fairly short and easy to whip through), I imagine that most women have had similar (or the exact same) statements made to them by men. I read this the day I started it, it's a very quick read -- I'm talking ten minutes -- and I've read it probably three times more since.

Since I am an Art History student I enjoyed seeing the art, but what I enjoyed, even more, is the way the author managed to find a fitting and very true caption to put next to the painting! It’s such a universal experience that you have when people come into your space repeating your own words to you as they thought of it.

Maybe it can open a conversation between women about our responses and tools, and maybe baby men can look at it and figure out ways that they can change their behavior going forward so that they won’t say to a woman that they don’t know that she should smile.

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