This parody of a science textbook for women, recast in Cosmo style, has a funny concept and cover, but the text itself is so padded that more will skim it than read it.
Parks and Recreation writer Amram satirizes the idea that women are incapable of understanding science by dumbing it down, drenching it in sex and lightening the textual load with a lot of graphics. The author describes herself (often) as “a fun, flirty young woman” who remains obsessed with her ex-boyfriend and details how she has wreaked her revenge on him, sexual and otherwise. “Science is hard for most people, let alone women,” writes the author. “It has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history: female brains aren’t biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts, and tiny female hands aren’t constructed to turn most textbooks’ large, heavy covers.” In addition to the features blurbed on the cover—“Tips for Hosting Your Own Big Bang,” “Hot Reproductive Sex Tips,” “Orgasms vs. Organisms”—it offers the “fun, flirty” quiz to discover “Do You Have Cancer?” and “The Period! Ick! Table.” The author strays far from anything even tangentially related to science—e.g., “America: A Review,” as if the country were a long-running TV series (“My rating: 50 stars out of a hundred”), and the objectivist advice column, “Dear Ayn Randers.” Amram may have plenty of ideas for funny bits, but the follow-through often falls short of the inspiration—and the opening 10-page “Dedication” practically dares readers to make it word for word through the end. Later, she explains, “I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m just trying to use as many words as I, Megan Amram, possibly know so that I, Megan Amram, the author of this book, can kill (i.e., murder, assassinate) as many trees as possible.”
Despite some laughs, this book will try the patience of even its targeted readership.