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The Indignities of Being a Woman

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It’s the 21st Century. Why the hell are women - 51% of the population - being treated like second class citizens?  

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise.

It’s the brainchild of two childless comedians, Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester. Markoe is a multi-award-winning comedy writer whose credits span television, magazines, and books. She has four Emmy Awards, one for each of her dogs. Koester has written for VICE, Jezebel and the Guardian and has one basic cable acting credit. The two writers—one a comedy veteran, the other an emerging talent—intersperse their dry wit with their own experiences of being long-suffering feminists in the modern world.

Chapter 1: Inequality
Chapter 2: Beauty
Chapter 3: Sex
Chapter 4: Religion
Chapter 5: Marriage and Family
Chapter 6: Body Image
Chapter 7: Crime
Chapter 8: Fashion
Chapter 9: Hair
Chapter 10: Medicine
Chapter 11: Entertainment
Chapter 12: Politics  

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

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An insightful read

This book was exceptional, both in content and performances by the authors. the fact it was narrated as a audiobook is what made it even more enjoyable. The back and forth was entertaining between the authors.

on the note of content, it was stellar! a huge insight into the mistreatment of women throughout history and a very obvious indication of how far we still need to go.

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I knew there were a lot...

But the depth of indignity... A... fun(?) listen... because of the way Merrill and Megan present it. But it’s the worst of subject matter. There is so much more to present that isn’t here. A sequel is surely in order. But M&M shouldn’t have to go through researching and presenting it again. Nobody should.

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I hate this world more than i presumed possible

The writers are preformers were wonderful and really drilled in the dread of being born with a womb, physically or spiritually.
I will now, forever and always, have the contagious tunes that they provided.

Sincerely,
A fed up person, now more than ever, willing to punch toxic masculinity in the balls.

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Best book on Audible so far!

The most entertaining way to learn about how women were treated through history. Great work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-29

Brilliant!!!

Superb!! I wish my mother'd played this for me while I was in my cradle!

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  • Mmmm Brrrr
  • Minnesota, USA
  • 2018-10-11

Fun, humorous, and insightful

A must listen to book for all, especially women. Women are still considered sub par by most men, especially those in power. The delightful readers take us on a journey explaining how we (women) are still this situation. This book is funny and current. I'm recommending it to everyone I know.

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  • Grant Pardee
  • 2018-09-23

Informative, funny, all-around excellent

If you enjoy history podcasts/audiobooks at all, I feel like this should be a must-listen.

The writing & performances are both excellent— expertly balanced between facts & jokes/commentary, keeping you closely engaged even when you're listening to it in the background. It's very funny, but never flippant. The jokes are biting but somehow also very warm? It's quite a magic trick. It feels strange to describe as "soothing" but the warmness of their voices (and especially the dynamic between the two authors) is appealing on its own, and helps the listener in navigating subject matters that are often brutally dark.

Highly recommend.

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  • Julia Irzyk
  • Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 2018-10-05

Yaaaassss Queens

Can't shout out my love of this book enough (mostly because my husband may hear me and chastise me for my loudness of volume). A hilarious and horrifying trip through time. Please make more of this series. I will buy them all. I will force "allies" to listen to them. And I will quiz them relentlessly. As a former stand-up comic and current talent agent (and lawyer), I could 100% relate to the entertainment industry section. Nothing like being mansplained my job by some dude half my age with a tenth of my education and life experience. There is nothing about this I didn't love. Except putting the laundry away. The songs were great, the idea of putting laundry away, not so much.

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  • Alan Buys
  • 2018-10-04

Hilariously Enraging

I ran through this entire book in 2 days, it was so good! Everyone give a listen. It will make you mad at men and society whil simultaneosly giving you te giggles.

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  • Patrick DeWind
  • 2018-09-20

Important and funny

Well researched and presented. Focusing on twelve aspects of life and civilization, the authors do a wonderful job of demonstrating the scope and severity of the ill-treatment and inequalities in the lives of women throughout history. I found the humorous tack they took in their writing and presentation just enough to keep me from crying. I can not recommend this title enough.

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  • Marc A.
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2018-09-18

Astounding, Funny & Sobering History Essay Series

A very important title to learn about the history of the disenfranchisement and sexism inherent in our system that has been working against women. Megan Koester and Merrill Markoe are great presenters as well who have insightful and well written essays on the topics at hand. They are also excellent comedians providing some much appreciated humor, banter and levity to break up the subject matter. They offer up two different perspectives at times that come together to really help develop the whole picture.

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  • sierra
  • 2018-09-30

snarky, cynical, snide and too damn true...

the chronicle of,as the title suggests... the inequities, indignities and out right horror of being a woman... from ancient times through to the modern age.

if you are a woman, know or like any women or have chance to ever encounter one... it might serve you or just humanity to brush up on the stunning accounts, details, facts and unavoidable misery of herstory... history of women-kind, especially since it is possible to have earned s masters degree in history and never crossed paths with any of these details.

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  • Erin
  • 2018-11-09

A good rule of thumb...

Listen to this book. Learn what “the rule of thumb” is derived from. It is well-researched and hilariously performed. I learned a staggering amount and was thoroughly entertained. Sad and laugh out loud funny simultaneously.

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  • D. Carlson
  • 2018-11-06

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

I loved the history and the humor in this audiobook! We can see how far we have come and how much further we hve to go.

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