Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

eBook - 2016
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"From celebrity gossip expert and Buzzfeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an 'acceptable' woman. You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who's too brazen, too opinionated--too much. It's not that she's an outcast (she might even be your friend, or your wife, or your mother) so much as she's a social variable. Sometimes, she's the life of the party; others, she's the center of gossip. She's the unruly woman, and she's one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today. There have been unruly women for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable 'feminine' behavior, but there's evidence that she's on the rise--more visible and less easily dismissed--than ever before. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of 'unruliness' to explore the ascension of eleven contemporary pop culture powerhouses: Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, Jennifer Weiner, and Lena Dunham. Petersen explores why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures, each of whom has been conceived as 'too' something: too queer, too strong, too honest, too old, too pregnant, too shrill, too much. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today."--Publisher information.
Publisher: New York, NY : Plume, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399576867
039957686X
9780399576850
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 266 pages)

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liljables Aug 28, 2017

I am an unruly woman, and this book spoke to me on many levels. In each of her ten essays, Anne Helen Petersen manages to impart a brief history of a celebrity's rise to fame/infamy while also providing the context for the "charges" leveled against her. For example, in the chapter entitled "Too Pregnant," we learn about Kim Kardashian's ever-so-public, not-so-cute first pregnancy, but also the history of how popular media has treated pregnant women (which has lead to us thinking that Kim's pregnancy was "not-so-cute"). Petersen is also quick to acknowledge that women of colour unquestionably receive more vitriol for their unruliness, as evidenced by the utterly vicious treatment experienced by Serena Williams (Too Strong) and Nicki Minaj (Too Slutty). Even if you've never heard of the women profiled in this book, or if you're not their biggest fan, there's something to learn from these pages.

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