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Men to Avoid in Art and Life (Hardcover)

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By Nicole Tersigni, Jen Kirkman (Foreword by)
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"Women aren't as funny as men. They've done actual studies on it" says the swain in the  caption placed on candy box painter William Bouguereau's painting at the Met. In my head I can hear Mike Brady explaining this to Carol. Every woman has heard variants of the "mansplaining" captions in this book ("I don't think you understand my joke. It's funny because the pigeon is dead")  but never so hilariously combined with photos of old master oil paintings. Many are from the first great masters of domestic scenes, the Dutch, and their state museum, The Rijksmuseum.  I suggest the sequel  could feature captions from women: see Karel Dujardin's "Return of the Holy Family from Egypt" at the Detroit Institute of Art,  in which Mary's gesture seems unexpectedly modern.

— From Carla's Picks

An instant staff favorite, "Men to Avoid in Art and Life" pairs classical fine art by old (male) masters with modern captions that epitomize the spirit of mansplaining.

— From Gifting Books - Holiday 2020

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Men to Avoid in Art and Life pairs classical fine art with modern captions that epitomize the spirit of mansplaining.

This hilarious book perfectly captures those relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than she does.

Situations include men sharing keen insight on the female anatomy, an eloquent defense of catcalling, or offering sage advice about horseback riding to the woman who owns the horse.

• These less qualified men of antiquity dish out mediocrity as if it's pure genius
• For the women who have endured overbearing men over the centuries
• Written with hilariously painful accuracy

"Now, when you're riding a horse, you need to make sure to keep a good grip on the reins." "These are my horses."

Through cringe-induced empathy, this timeless gift book of shared experiences unites women across history in one of the most powerful forms of resistance: laughter.

• Started as a Twitter thread and quickly gained widespread popularity.
• A great pick for a birthday or Galentine gift for a friend who needs a funny pick-me-up
• Makes a perfect gift for women and feminists with a wry sense of humor, millennials, anyone who loves memes and Internet humor, as well as history and art buffs.
• Add it to the shelf with books like Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes from Classic Vines by Emily Beck, and Awards For Good Boys: Tales Of Dating, Double Standards, And Doom by Shelby Lorman.

About the Author


Nicole Tersigni is a comedic writer experienced in improv comedy and women's advocacy. She lives in Metro Detroit with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Praise For…


"'I'd tell you how great this book is, but I don't know if you'd get it. Like, maybe you'd *understand* it, but on a fundamental level? No. Maybe show this to your girlfriend or your mom. She might be able to help with the pictures. It's just - you look way too handsome to comprehend the layers in here. What? That's a compliment! Where are you going?'...Bitingly funny, heartbreakingly relatable, Nicole's take on the painted weary gives new meaning to 'art criticism.' I never wanted it to end."
- Pamela Ribon, screenwriter and best-selling author of Moana, My Boyfriend is a Bear, and Note to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public-

"Here, in our author's hands, what's irksome in a woman's everyday life is effectively alleviated with cutting drollery. And what might be dense feminist reasoning is, in the medium of the meme, transformed into relatable and accessible content." -A Magazine (Singapore)—-

"Tersigni combines art history with social media to create something almost every woman (and maybe some men!) can get a great kick out of." --Ms. Magazine-

"The original Twitter thread was one part performance art, one part satire, and one part exasperated disgust at having your own joke or experience explained back by a 'concerned guy' on social media for the umpty-bajillionth time. For those of us who wanted more, that more has arrived...It's brilliant. I laughed until I cried - again." - Glasstire
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"Women from all across the world will be able to relate to many of these statements - insideous, niggling, unsolicited moments which can be left to simmer inside us for years to come. In an attempt to look on the bright side, Tersigni's book takes the approach that if we don't laugh, we'll cry, and Men to Avoid in Art and Life seeks to bring women throughout history together through humour" -Dazed-

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"This hysterically funny and beautiful little coffee-table book would make a great gift for someone who likes Internet memes, history, or art. Men to Avoid in Art and Life uses works of classic art-from Rembrandt to Vermeer-to illustrate classic and all-too-relatable examples of mansplaining and patronizing." -Goop

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"Razor-sharp" -The New York Times-

"I have finally found my Study Guide for The Art of the Deadpan! Insightful and incisively witty; often painfully spot on. And if you don't get it, you can look at the pretty pictures! Brava, Nicole!"
-Lou Diamond Phillips—-

"Men to Avoid in Art and Life is a gem, hilariously providing all-too-familiar context for paintings of yore: Look at Vermeer's reply guys! Rembrandt's chronic mansplaining! It's laugh-out-loud funny, if you find women funny, of course, and will almost certainly upset men in both art and life, which is a beautiful gift in and of itself."
-Shelby Lorman, writer and cartoonist, Awards for Good Boys-

"Men to Avoid in Art and Life is laugh-out-loud funny and painfully accurate. I was equal parts enraged and entertained, which to me is truly the ideal reading experience."
-Sara Benincasa, author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs-

"When men are told that women actually don't want to hear from them on every little thing, they tend to respond with horror, as if this is some new thing. But Tersigni's book offers a funny, but honest truth: we have never wanted to hear from you. We've been getting trolled for ages, and now we have more power to speak against it-and we have the likes of Tersigni to archive this frustration. I want to pass this book out like postcards whenever a man thinks he's the first to 'Well, actually' me."
-Rachel Charlene Lewis, writer and Senior Editor at Bitch Media —-

"[Nicole Tersigni's] hilarious juxtapositions of (mostly sombre) men portrayed in classic paintings with captions pontificating to the women around them have resonated around the world."- Daily Dispatch (South Africa)—-
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797202839
ISBN-10: 1797202839
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 96