Title: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Author: Anne Helen Petersen
Publisher: Plume Books
Publish Date: June 20, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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 powerhouses: Serena Williams, Melissa
McCarthy, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian,
Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, Jennifer Weiner, and Lena Dunham."
My Two Cents:
Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud" is a book about famous women that have been
criticized as being too "something." And what woman hasn't been told
that they are too "something" and that they should be more this way or
that way? Unfortunately, it seems to be our lots in life as women and
even if you fit some sort of publicly condoned model of woman, people
are still going to find something to criticize about you.
book, the author dedicates each chapter to a woman in the public eye
and what they have been often criticized of being too much of. This book
explores how the public (and this is so not limited to men, women are
just as guilty of these unfair criticisms too as this book points out)
tears people in the public eye down with constant criticisms. These
criticisms almost take on a life of their own (Hillary Clinton being too
shrill, Nicki Minaj being too slutty, Kim Kardashian being too
I loved that this book brought together two things
that I love that often seem out of sync with each other. I love
celebrity gossip. It's so silly but I still love whiling away time in
the bath with the latest People Magazine or US. I am also super
interested in the more academic side of things like messaging,
marketing, and feminism. This book is such a perfect combination of both
interests. By being a woman, it seems that you invite criticism. By
being a woman in the spotlight, you invite that about 100 fold. As the
author points out, there is so much hidden messaging in these criticisms
and hidden messaging.
This is a book that I'm going to be
thinking about for a long time and want to take further. Now that we
know these things are here, what do we do with them (oh, and you know
that we knew these things existed before this book but it does put a
nice bow on it)? How do we make things better?