screen-shot-2013-09-17-at-1-40-21-pmReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Glamour Puss – a Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Being a Powerful Woman: Manipulative, Chic and Sexy by Anna Madsen would first appear to be a slap in the face to the traditional feminist view that all women need to “beat the boys” figuratively, literally and physically in every aspect of their lives. The author believes that women should stand strong and stay empowered while also retaining their womanly charms (for what is a woman without charm?).

Glamour Puss is a book making a statement. When you were born, if the doctor yelled, “It’s a girl!”–you are supposed to be proud and celebrate your womanhood! Allow the men, according to the author, to think they run the world (or the insane asylum, take your pick), but silently rule the planet from a quieter and more powerful perch (really right under their noses).

The book uses subtle sarcasm to guide women on how to get it over on the men. The author suggests catering to your man’s needs, using your cleavage (if you must), and cooking him a steak–all while using other feminine strategies for taking back the world reigns underhandedly.

Madsen covers it all: Alpha and Beta males, manipulation (how to use it), world societies, what to look for in a mate, how to get him to propose marriage, effectively communicating your needs to a man, reconsidering the benefits of an older man in your life, why gold diggers are not so bad after all, how to teach men to treat a woman well (or at least better), using sexuality to get your self-determined prize, pushing body language as a valid communication method, using erotic karma to your advantage and more.

I particularly enjoyed the section on fashion that stated that 80% of people (which comes out to 5.8% of the population) with Compulsive Buying Disorder are women, which is no surprise. Women instead should tone it down and find more productive hobbies–not chasing men, but real hobbies, such as parasailing. The book is meant to be funny and poke fun at women, but there are some true gems amidst the humor. I would recommend it to women of all ages who needs a good laugh!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Anna Madsen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.