Women Don't Owe You Pretty
Author(s): Florence Given
Women Don't Owe You Pretty tells you to love sex, hate sexism, protect your goddamn energy, life is short, dump them, and that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
Florence's debut book explores all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women's flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.
Women Don't Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we're either not enough or too much, it's time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to reshape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. Florence's book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life.
Shortlisted for the ABIA International Book of the Year 2021
"Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in." - Chidera Eggerue, bestselling author of What a Time to be Alone
Read the Roar UK News review. It's a tough verdict but it seems fairly arrived at.
Florence Given is a British feminist queer illustrator and social activist, born in Plymouth and now based in London. She is known for her popular slogan designs which address social issues surrounding sexuality. She is the author of the 2020 book Women Don't Owe You Pretty, promoted as an accessible introduction to feminism. She has a following of 299,000 on Instagram and uses this platform and Twitter to raise awareness of issues of sexuality, race and gender.
Given's career started at the age of 14 when she received unexpected comments on the social media platform Instagram about her image, as well as being bullied at her all-girls' high school. She had her first experience with sexual harassment and was immediately called “frigid”. Given stated in an interview with the Daily Mirror, “Being able to go on a night out legally and seeing so many women groped, harassed and objectified for going out and loving themselves pained me, because they didn’t realise that this was actually sexual assault, not just ‘boys being boys’".
Florence later wrote and illustrated her book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty which is to be released in June 2020. The book is based on lessons that she wished someone had taught her at a younger age. Filled with Given's artwork and knowledge on issues such as body image and mental health she explains that women do not owe it to anyone to be pretty. Given also created her own self-published magazine, don’t call me baby, which features her designs and nude edits and photography. From this she received further threats.
- : 9781788402118
- : Octopus Publishing Group
- : Cassell Illustrated
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- : Florence Given
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