Bestselling Author and Leading Expert on Gender & Humor
Dr. Gina Barreca has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, It’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Of the other six books she’s written or co-written, several have been translated into to other languages–including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and German. Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her speeches have been called “a breath of fresh air,” “a ray of sunshine in a long-term forecast of rain,” and “very funny and uplifting.” Read More >
TEDx: Women in Comedy
Women Carry Everything They Need
If it’s worth crying over, it’s probably worth laughing at. Cultivating a sense of perspective allows us to see the wider and longer view of the situation, which helps us recognize that although certain situations are unnerving—or even heartbreaking—these might, one day, become the most important stories of our lives.
In a world where eye cream is made from placenta, Gina Barreca is the lone voice calling out “But wait, whose placenta is it?”. Gina asks the big questions: Why is there no King Charming? Why does no bra ever fit? Why do people say “cougar” like it’s a bad thing? Why do we call it a glass ceiling when it’s just a thick layer of men? Barreca packs a hilarious punch while gleefully rejecting emotional torture, embracing limitless laughter, and showing women how they can conquer the world with good friends (“It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a girl’s best friends are diamonds”), sharp wit, great shoes, and not a single worry about VPLs.
Is your bikini bridge the Verrazano? Do you think it’s better to stand up than to lean in? Syndicated columnist and best-selling expert on women’s humor, Gina Barreca, talks about getting loud, getting love, getting ahead and getting the first draw (or the last shot). She offers tips, lessons and bold confessions about bad boyfriends at any age, about friends we love and ones we can’t stand anymore, about waist size and wasted time, about panic, placebos and certain kinds of not-so adorable paternalism. The world is kept lively by loud women talking and “‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?'” cheers and challenges those voices to come together and speak up. You think she’s kidding? Oh, boy, do you have another thing coming.
Gina Barreca explains why revenge is one of our most universal experiences–and why, no matter how slight or petty or naughty, it always tastes so sweet. You’ll meet the woman who drove her ex and his new wife into odor-madness by sewing scores of tiny shrimp into their curtains. You’ll cheer the airline employee who made sure an abusive passenger made his flight to Kansas City–and then directed his luggage to Tokyo. From killing them with kindness to going for the gut, Sweet Revenge is sure to teach some new tricks to even the truest revenge connoisseur.