Just one year ago, writer Nicole Tersigni was an unknown comedy writer based in Detroit, and a mother to an 8-year-old daughter.
After a long day of taking care of her sick child at home, she decided to mindlessly scroll through Twitter and came across a tweet featuring “a dude explaining to a woman her own joke back to her”—something she’s experienced many times, she told The New York Times.
The tweet inspired her to create a Twitter thread in which she captioned old paintings in order to reflect all-too-common interactions women have with men.
The thread quickly went viral—it was retweeted over 27 thousand times, including by celebrities like Busy Philipps and Alyssa Milano. Soon after, a literary agent reached out to Tersigni and suggested she turn her viral Twitter moment into a hardcover book.
The rest, just like the paintings, is history.
If you found this article helpful, please consider supporting our independent reporting and truth-telling for as little as $5 per month.
As the title suggests, each chapter is organized around a different “type” of man to avoid, like “The Mansplainer” or “The Sexpert.”
Tersigni’s humorous writing is immediately relatable to the many women who have dealt with these types of men. The strength of her book comes from its witty reflection of both real life and social media, allowing the reader to connect with Tersigni’s experience or—if they are one of these “types”—take a good, long look at their actions.
By taking a good (and humorous) look at the kinds of everyday nuisances women face online, Tersigni helps her reader identify different types of “men” through the lens paintings found at prestigious art museums.
Using this angle, Tersigni combines art history with social media to create someone almost every woman (and maybe some men!) can get a great kick out of.