Toxic Femininity in the Workplace: Office Gender Politics Are a Battlefield
By Ginny Hogan
If there’s one thing we can agree on in a post-Trump America, it’s that sexism exists. Ginny explores the special relationship between female coworkers, workplace gender dynamics, and the challenges facing women at work with disarming wit.
If there’s one thing we can agree on in a post-Trump America, it’s that sexism exists. While there are myriad books on female friendship in the marketplace, Toxic Femininity is the first book on the special relationship between female coworkers and gender dynamics in the workplace to hit the market in a comedic gifty way. The book was inspired by Ginny's New Yorker article “Examples of Toxic Femininity in the Workplace.”
Talented humorist Ginny Hogan explores themes of sexism, workplace gender dynamics, and the challenges facing women at work (particularly in STEM fields) with disarming wit. Toxic Femininity includes fun short pieces (such as, “I'm Not A Sexist; I Also Ask My Male Colleagues If They’re Menstruating” and “How Silicon Valley Created The Perfect Meritocracy If You Specifically Happen To Be A Young, Straight, Well-Educated White Man”), true-false and multiple choice quizzes (including: “Are You Too Aggressive, or “Are You Politely Stating Your Opinion?” and Are You a True Feminist, a Male Feminist, a Feminist Just to Get Laid, or a Loaf of Bread?”), and even some surrealist essays (such as “A Woman From The Year 3018 Visits a Tech Startup” and “The Noise-Canceling Headphone’s Lament”). Toxic Femininity is a book that can be enjoyed in little sips or in one long drink.
The variety of the pieces and the illustrations make a lovely and gifty package—this product is perfect for a mentor encouraging her mentees, a big sister preparing her little sister for the work place, or shoring up your best friend after a rough day.
A conversation piece as much as a gift, the humorous nature of the work makes it possible to face topics that can be difficult to tackle head on; and we hope that this book will be able to serve not just as a gift but as a jumping off point for those hard-to have conversations that are a part of every work place environment.
About the Author
Ginny Hogan on Points in Case – LA-based stand up comic and writer. She is a contributor to The New Yorker and McSweeney's, and editor of the comedy blog Little Old Lady Comedy. She got her start as a data scientist in the mayonnaise industry, and since then she has tried to turn some of the uglier parts of the tech industry into comedy.
“Ginny Hogan understands that just because women want to be taken seriously in the workplace doesn’t mean we have to be serious. While reading Toxic Feminity, you will laugh, you will nod, and you will learn.”
–Nell Scovell, author of Just the Funny Parts: And a Few hard Truths about Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club
“Ginny Hogan takes the daily sexist indignities of being a woman with a job and makes them funny slash bearable.”
–Blythe Roberson, author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men
“This book is for anyone who’s ever cringed when a coworker said, ‘Women get maternity rooms, why don’t men get masturbation rooms?' It’s so funny and so smart.”
–Sarah Cooper, author of How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings
More Book Details
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Morrow Gift (September 10, 2019)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062881221
- ISBN-13: 978-0062881229
From the Back Cover
Do Your Coworkers Ever:
- Insinuate you would be better at taking notes because your “handwriting is easier to read”?
- Repeat your ideas in a louder voice because you “speak so quietly”?
- Lament that there aren’t more women in your office to you, the only woman in the office?
- Imply that the gender gap in pay is being solved by free tampons in the lavatory?
- Touch you to get your attention because you’re “wearing noise-canceling headphones”?
Congrats! You very well might be a woman at work, and this book is for you.
Or your friend. At least, we assume you’re friends, because you both work at the same office and are both women! Clearly, we should all read this book.