Women Don’t Owe You Pretty
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Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

Florence GivenOctopus • 2020

Find Your Strength

by David Meyer

Activist Florence Given issues a bold call for feminism, self-empowerment and gender tolerance.

Activist Florence Given warns readers – especially her target audience of young women – that her distaste for patriarchal culture may anger some people, women as well as men. She regards this anger as a necessary step toward healing. Given dedicates herself to being the change she wishes to see and to overturning oppression. Sassy and whimsical, basic but insightful, she peppers her work with f-bombs, controversial pronouncements and provocative drawings.

Sometimes the person stopping you from reaching your potential all along was your own subconscious addicted to the comfort that comes from blaming others. It’s time to get out of your own wayFlorence Given

She aims for a Gen Z audience and thoughtfully weaves gender identity throughout her treatment of feminism. If you wonder why someone prefers to be referred to as “they” or what privilege really means, Given explains with care, though her straightforwardness might make readers uncomfortable.


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