BOOK REVIEW | He's A Stud, She's A Slut And 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know

Monday, 13 February 2017


This isn't a book that I would normally pick up and read but years ago when I was doing the EPQ, I decided to do my topic around Feminism and this one of the books I got some information from, whilst taking down some information from this book, I thought it would be quite an interesting read. Flash forward a few years and it ends up going into my basket on Amazon. I would of bought it a few years ago but truth be told, I forgot all about it.



Double standards has got to be one of my pet peeves, I just don't get how we can't all be treated the same. Valenti brings up 50 double standards between men and women and she does have a pretty good point. I'm sure we've all heard about him being a stud and her being... well, let's just say the words chosen aren't very nice...or fair for that matter.


I'm sure we've all heard Nicki Minaj asking why is that a man is a boss but when a woman says/does the exact same thing she's labelled as a bitch, but it's true. Why does it happen? Why is it that women aren't allowed to have power and not to have any negative comments made about them?

There is another chapter in the book titled: he walks freely, she gets harassed. It doesn't happen so much now but when I was younger (which is actually quite creepy, pervy and disgusting) I would have random men shout at me whilst walking to college. Not really sure what possessed a fully grown man in his 40s to shout at two 16 year old girls making their way to college. What did he want? What was he expecting us to do? And don't get me started on the whole "it's suppose to be a compliment!" thing. Why would two young girls be flattered by a fully grown man in his 40s whistling at them.

This book did make me slightly angry at me when reading it. I just don't get why we have double standards in our society and I think the worse thing about all of it is, these double standards aren't going anywhere...and if they are, it's not for a very long time.

Despite me feeling angry when reading this book, overall it is a pretty good read, it really does open your eyes to a lot of double standards in our society. Valenti also points out double standards that we see in our day to day life but don't really pay attention to - we don't take a blind bit of notice of them!

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