The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill - now a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant - provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself.
'In this time of great frustration, this collection is a clearing in the woods to meet, to reflect, to dance, and to cackle around the fire.'
Abbi Jacobson, creator of Broad City and New York Times bestselling author of I Might Regret This
From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.
In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West unpacks the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of not being a white man in the twenty-first century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media that she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on our culture and our politics - and that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history.
We cannot understand how we got here - how the land of the free became Trump's America - without examining the chasm between who we are and who we think we are, without fact-checking the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and about each other. The truth can transform us; there is witchcraft in it. Lindy West turns on the light.
'Lindy continues to be one of the funniest, smartest writers around.'
Jessica Valenti, New York Times bestselling author of Full Frontal Feminism and Sex Object
'GET ME A BROOM.'
Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We're Never Meeting in Real Life
Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of Shrill, a memoir, which is being adapted into a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant. Her essays on feminism, social justice, body image and popular culture have been featured in Jezebel, Cosmopolitan and GQ, and on This American Life. From 2014 to 2017 she wrote a weekly political column for The Guardian. She is also the founder of I Believe You/It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teenagers, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. She lives in Seattle.
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Table Of Contents:
They Let You Do It
Choosing the Lie
Is Adam Sandler Funny?
Ted Bundy Was Not Charming-Are You High?
How to Be a Girl
Always Meet Your Heroes
Do, Make, Be, Barf
A Giant Douche Is a Good Thing if You're a Giant
Obsolescence Is a Preventable Disease
What Is an Abortion, Anyway?
Leave Hell to the Devils
Anger Is a Weapon
Magic Isn't Magic
The World Is Good and Worth Fighting For
Long Live the Port Charles Whooping Cranes
Tomorrow Is the First Day
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