Book Review: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too loud
Author: Anne Helen Petersen
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Quote: ” Of course there have been unruly women, for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable “feminine” behavior. women who is someway step outside the boundaries of good womanhood.”
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.
A look at the societal demands placed on women, and those who are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered “normal femininity”. Using a collection of essay’s showcasing various celebrities, who are “too” much of something, give a face to the very real societal repulsion of a woman being too fat, too old, too sexual or too outspoken, too in your face and strong. In each essay the rise, fame and sometimes decline of these woman is highlighted as well as how the public responds to them.
Written by Buzzfeed reporter Anne Helen Petersen, who presented the material in an interesting, essay format. Easy to follow, I did however find some of it dull and perhaps gossipy, I think it more to do with the nature of the topic, as opposed to the writing style or presentation. This is not something, I would normally chose, a bit too political/feminist for me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for some reason I thought it might be funny, so I was a bit disappointed with that, and I’m not sure if it is suppose to be political, but that’s how it came across to me. Like I said, I just found the subject matter dull, it just wasn’t for me, it’s perfect if those topics interest you, I chose it looking to get out of my comfort zone, and because the summary sounded intriguing.
There is a very fine line between commentary and rant. Especially, when the topics of sexism, racism and women’s rights are concerned. The author manages to walk it and bring these topics out in an honest and thought provoking manner.
** disclaimer: I was given a digital copy via the First To Read program at Penguin Random House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.