“Barreca is a sharp analyst of women’s humor…observant, witty, acerbic, and knowledgeable.”
Los Angeles Times

“An impassioned, wily, and often hilarious argument for women to unleash their sense of humor on the world.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Barreca’s humor shines through.”
Library Journal

“Wise, liberating and merry!”
Booklist

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About Gina

Gina Barreca

Photo credit for this image and the one above to Elena Seibert

Dr. Gina Barreca, author of the brand-new If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, Dr. Phil, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor.

Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League in addition to the six other books she's written and the sixteen she's edited.

Her books have been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish and other languages and her weekly column for The Hartford Courant and the Tribune Co. is distributed worldwide. She’s written for most major publications including The New York Times, The Guardian of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Harvard Business Review. Read more about Gina...

If you Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?

If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?

Barreca is back and this time she’s telling women to make trouble, be loud, be funny and step-up. Gina brings her trademark wry humor and provocative insight to issues great and small, including:

  • why, as women age, we trade being visible for being audible (and why that’s a good thing)
  • why having slurpy noises made towards us on the street by strangers is not a genuinely fulfilling feminine experience
  • why packing a shoe-horn can save your marriage
  • why we don’t talk about the crushes we have when we’re over 40 (even though we still have them)
  • why you should thank your ex-boyfriend
  • why you should forgive your mother
  • why you should stop talking about the benefits of blueberries already
  • why, if you run with a bad crowd, you can call it exercise
  • what words rich people use that poor people don’t

Filled with insight, lessons, comfort and confessions, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? cheers and challenges women to come together and speak up. Learn more about the book...

“Gina Barreca’s essays are like dispatches from a dear friend: Wonderful, witty, heartfelt and wise—with many memorable zingers and tear inducing stingers. Her gift is one of connection and her work is relatable and true. Share this book with your sisters and your BFF (Brainy Friends and Feminists) book group.”

-Ask Amy advice columnist Amy Dickinson

“If you ever find that your best gal pal isn't available, you need look no further than Barreca's book - it contains everything a good friend would provide: honesty, insight, female camaraderie, and a lot of laughs.”

-Rachel Dratch, Saturday Night Live and author of Girl Walks into a Bar

Gina's Recent Articles

Gina's Other Books

They Used to Call Me Snow White... But I Drifted
Babes in Boyland
It's Not That I'm Bitter
I'm with Stupid
Make Mine A Double
Penguin Book of Women's Humor
Sweet Revenge
The Signet Book of American Humor
Don't Tell Mama
Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales)
Untamed and Unabashed
An ABC of Vice
Women and Comedy
Sex and Death in Victorian Literature
The Erotics of Instruction
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