Sun. Nov 29th, 2020

Book review: ‘Men to Avoid in Art and Life’ is a light and funny read

Have a laugh with Nicole Tersigni’s book ‘Men to Avoid in Art and Life’ which makes witty feminist comments on classic paintings.

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In Nicole Tersigni’s new book, Men to Avoid in Art and Life, she merges art with relatable captions to give you modern-day life advice in the form of hilarious comics.

This powerful little book will teach you which men you should avoid in life and in art, while making you laugh hysterically at the same time.

Tersigni captures the essence of being a woman who is navigating life in the 21st century.

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Art with a dollop of comedy

Comedienne Jen Kirkman wrote the foreword and describes it as “a really funny book that – bonus – has gorgeous works of classic art”. Now that sounds like a winning combination.

Kirkman quotes the playwright George Bernard Shaw who famously said: “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you”.

And this book will make many women – and quite a few men also – laugh.

The idea of this book originally came from Twitter in a series of hysterical tweets which ended up starting the viral trend of matching paintings with modern, relatable captions.

Tersigni put her own spin on this trend and added a feminist angle.

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‘Mansplaining’ men to avoid

For example, she explores the casual sexism many women endure. She outlines what it is like to listen to  “mansplaining”, or to hear men telling women that they would be so much prettier if they smiled.

And, maybe the worst of all, she even has a painting that matches being told what to do by a male colleague who is less qualified that you are in the subject.

She warns her fellow females which men they should avoid at all costs, such as the “Patroniser” or the “Expert on Anything”.

By merging classic paintings with ingenious captions, Tersigni has created a winning combination in this book.

It is a by a woman, for women, and this must-have little feminist manual is a great choice for National Women’s Month.

  • Men to Avoid in Art and Life by Nicole Tersigni is on sale on Amazon.

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