Today’s Giveaway talks about the lives of unruly women. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen has written her own catalog of unruly women: celebrities and other cultural figures who have been called too strong, too fat, too gross, too slutty, too old, too pregnant, too shrill, too queer, too loud and too naked for uncomplicated cultural acceptance. She ranges from Serena Williams (too strong) to Lena Dunham (too naked) and shows how each woman defies norms while still staying close enough to the edges of respectability to achieve mainstream success.
Petersen, who has a doctorate in media studies and now writes for BuzzFeed, has made a career of studying gossip, celebrity, and scandal with intelligence and empathy: “Celebrities,” she writes, “are our most visible and binding embodiments of ideology at work.”
L. Murphy on Amazon is a fan, “AHP’s thought-provoking deep dives into culture and fame never fail to entertain and educate me–I am such a fan of her style of journalism and scholarship. Society’s treatment of unruly women is a perfect subject for this writer to tackle. In the wake of the most recent election, I had no idea how much I truly needed this book to help me process and articulate so much of my own heartbroken feelings about the ingrained misogyny in our culture. I found it to be beautifully and thoroughly researched (wow), illuminating and fortifying–like a long, juicy, animated chat with your smartest and most fun friend.”
You can buy Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud on Amazon here.