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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Penguin Putnam
**One of NPR’s Best Books of 2017** 

“Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to nonconforming women suits the needs of this dark moment. Her careful examination of how we eviscerate the women who confound or threaten is crucial reading if we are ever to be better.”—Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies

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. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.

“Must-read list.”Entertainment Weekly
Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Summer” 
Selected as one of Amazon's “Best Books of the Month”
A Refinery29 Editors' Pick

Baker & Taylor
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 and what makes and breaks today's divas.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Plume,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399576867
039957686X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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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.

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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