Brandsplaining

Brandsplaining

Why Marketing is (Still) Sexist and How to Fix It

Summary

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Girlboss. Wonder woman. Perfect mother. Feminist go-getter. If you thought misogynist marketing ended with #MeToo, think again.

'It's high time we expose and remedy the pseudo-feminist marketing malarkey holding women back under the guise of empowerment' Amanda Montell, author of Wordslut
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Brands profit by telling women who they are and how to be.

Now they've discovered feminism and are hell bent on selling 'fempowerment' back to us. But behind the go-girl slogans and the viral hash-tags has anything really changed?

In Brandsplaining, Jane Cunningham and Philippa Roberts expose the monumental gap that exists between the women that appear in the media around us and the women we really are. Their research reveals how our experiences, wants and needs - in all forms - are ignored and misrepresented by an industry that fails to understand us.

They propose a radical solution to resolve this once and for all: an innovative framework for marketing that is fresh, exciting, and - at last - sexism-free.
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'If you think we've moved on from 'Good Girl' to 'Go Girl', think again!' Professor Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain

'An outrageously important book. Erudite, funny, and deeply engaging -- with no condescension or bullshit'
Dr Aarathi Prasad, author of Like A Virgin

'This book has the power to change the way we see the world' Sophie Devonshire, CEO, The Marketing Society and author of Superfast


© Jane Cunningham, Philippa Roberts 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Reviews

  • A brilliant book -- witty and wise. A fast-track primer to gender bilingual marketing: the skill of being able to connect with 100% of your potential market and avoid the lazy, systemic default of outdated and ineffective brandsplaining
    Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of 20-first

About the authors

Jane Cunningham

Jane Cunningham is the co-founder of PrettyLittleHead, a research-based consultancy with a particular specialism in understanding women. Prior to this, Jane was a board planner at DDP, Head of Planning at Ogilvy London and managing Director of Tribal DDB. Jane is an expert in gender-bias within advertising and has been interviewed by Martha Kearney on Radio 4, Jane Garvey on Women's Hour and Rosie Boycott and Dawn Porter on the subject of marketing to women.
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Philippa Roberts

Philippa Roberts is the co-founder of PrettyLittleHead, a research-based consultancy with a particular specialism in understanding women. Prior to this, Philippa was Client Services Director at both DDB London and at Ogilvy London. Philippa is an expert in gender-bias within advertising and has been interviewed by David Frost on the differences between men and women and has appeared on Radio 5 live and Radio 4 discussing the subject of marketing to women.
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