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The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances White

5 mins

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In The Guilty Feminist, author Deborah Francis-White examines how her feminist values and ideals don't always line up perfectly with her real, honest, and messy life, and highlights why that's okay.


The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

by Deborah Frances White


Like any good feminist, Deborah Frances-White thought women should embrace body positivity and stop judging their value based on their weight. And yet she couldn't help feeling deep sadness when she realized she had moved up a dress size.

Deborah Frances-White is a comedian, screenwriter, and improv theater director. She coined the term 'guilty feminist' to express the contradictions between her intellectual commitment to feminism, and her day-to-day feelings that often fall short. Frances-White explores this tension in her book, coming to the realization that double standards are an inevitable part of the human experience.

With the author's signature blend of insight, honesty, and humor, The Guilty Feminist helps women move away from self-criticism and guilt. Instead, she guides us into a space where we can laugh at our occasional failure to live our values, even as we strive to do better each day.

Favorite quote

I wanted desperately for women to be taken seriously in leadership roles all over the world, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.

- Deborah Frances-White

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