Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Book - 2017
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A popular BuzzFeed columnist examines the phenomenon of popular provocative womanhood to discuss the rise of such counterculture stars as Amy Schumer, Nicki Minaj, and Caitlyn Jenner, exploring why they are popular in spite of negative behaviors.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Plume,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399576850
0399576851
Branch Call Number: 305.4097 Petersen 06/2017
Characteristics: xxii, 266 pages ;,22 cm

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Jan 17, 2018

Not all of the chapters/essays are created equal. Some were a lot more insightful (Vanessa Williams & Kim Kardashians chapters, respectively) than others (Madonna & Melissa McCarthy chapters, respectively). Each chapter basically stands on its on so it's okay to skip around and skip over.

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DASTardlyGal
Nov 11, 2017

Wanted to like this book, but, it was too back and forth and too apologetic. I suppose it makes one think, which is perhaps the reason for writing the book, and it did get me thinking-back and forth, which is how the book seemed to me. I'd give it two stars or two thumbs up. I sometimes wonder, and it is just a wonder, if some writers just over think things.

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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DBRL_ReginaF Apr 03, 2018

She should be assertive but not bossy, feminine but not prissy, experienced but not condescending, fashionable but not superficial, forceful but not shrill. Put simply: she should be masculine, but not too masculine; feminine, but not too feminine. She should be everything, which means she should be nothing.

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