Judging a Book By Its Cover: A Quick, (Judgemental) and Vomit-Inducing Glance at Barnes and Nobles’ Bookshelves
I found this title to be riddled with misandry and harmful to men (as well as women.) It’s a common stereotype that women marry for money. Perpetuating this perception encourages women to victimize men in this manner which prompts men to mistrust women. My brother aptly suggested that the converse of this book would be titled, “Smart Old Guys Marry For Looks and Youth: Why Rich, Old Men Should Choose A Girl Who Will Be Hot For the Rest of Their Lives.”
Looks like the main point of this book is to portray girls as ditzy, tanned and “easy.” I have nothing against being “easy,” but the positivity of sex is not exactly being embodied by this laughable anti-role-model. When you’re publicly dumb and sexual, you stereotype intelligent sluts as idiots. (Thanks, but no thanks.) She makes fun of herself for being stupid. This can not be a good sign. I also have to admit that it shames me every time a self-admitted moron is allowed to write a book. Where’s the pride in the accomplishment of book writing?? Snooki, you’re just making us girls look bad.
Anything that touts one definition of a “beautiful” beach body is total shit in my book. There are many different forms of beauty, and only one form is represented throughout the book, and on the front and back covers. This is the type of loose stool that shames women into believing they “shouldn’t” wear a bathing suit or go out in public. Clearly, since their bodies don’t look like that, they should go back inside and hide under a mumu. This is merely bullshit reinforcement of poor self-esteem.
It’s just a joke. And that’s the problem. The feminization of men is consistently a joke. What’s so funny about it? Well, isn’t it obvious? He’s… being girly! And that makes him less of a man! Which makes him weak! Because girls are weak! And that’s funny!!… I’m SO sick of hearing shit like this being spewed indiscriminately; male is the position of power and admiration – everything else is pathetic and laughable. I hate it almost as much as when I hear people using “gay” as a negative adjective: “That movie was so gay.” Gay is not a negative adjective. “Girly” isn’t either. Guys are allowed to have feminine traits. Stop trying to box men into the ridiculous masculine “ideal,” and stop telling me femininity is a bad or WEAK thing, because it’s NOT.
Why, why, whyyyy must people present marriage as some kind of inevitability?? It might be my old fashioned values talking here, but isn’t marriage supposed to be a result of true love?? So if he’s just “good enough,” then why would you get married? I personally wouldn’t even date a Mr. Good Enough, but to suggest that I marry Mr. Good Enough is ridiculous. If I were inclined to marry, I would reserve the offer for Mr. Super-Fantastic-Can’t-Believe-I-Met-Such-a-Fabulous-Guy-Makes-My-Heart-Skip-a-Beat-And-My-Tongue-Wag-Whenever-I-See-Him. And if the inference here is that “at a certain age,” you’re less likely to get many offers, then I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Marrying someone doesn’t make your life happier. Period. That is all.