Author(s): Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
As students, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter spent a lot of time laughing at magazine pieces entitled things like '50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man'. Particularly the ones that encouraged bringing baked goods into the bedroom, or instructed on how to remove cellulite from your arse using coffee granules. They laughed at the ridiculous 'circles of shame' detailing minor weight fluctuations of female celebs, or the shocking presence of armpit hair. But when they stopped laughing, they started to feel a bit uneasy. Was this relentless hum about vajazzles, fat removal and sex tips just daft, at worst a bit patronising - or was something more disturbing going on? Was it time to say No? They thought so. So they launched The Vagenda blog in 2012, and now they have written this laugh-out-loud book. It is a brilliantly bolshy call to arms for girls and women of all ages: Caitlin Moran asked 'How to be a Woman'. The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.
A funny, hard-hitting examination of women and the media, for anyone who has ever had niggling doubts about the sidebar of shame
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter co-founded The Vagenda in February 2012. It was a viral sensation and instant hit and received over 7 million views in its first year. Caitlin Moran described it as 'Really funny, like really funny'; Eva Wiseman said 'I like this. keep doing what you're doing'; Rosamund Urwin said 'Go to their site, it's brilliant' and Jenny Eclair said 'I'm so glad you're here'. Rhiannon and Holly are journalists in their twenties. They live in London.