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You Play the Girl
You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages | Carina Chocano
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In this smart, funny, impassioned call to arms, a pop culture critic merges memoir and commentary to explore how our culture shapes ideas about who women are, what they are meant to be, and where they belong. Who is "the girl"? Look to movies, TV shows, magazines, and ads and the message is both clear and not: she is a sexed up sidekick, a princess waiting to be saved, a morally infallible angel with no opinions of her own. She's whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. She's an abstraction, an ideal, a standard, a mercurial phantom. From the moment were born, we're told stories about what girls are and they arent, what girls want and what they dont, what girls can be and what they cant. "The girl" looms over us like a toxic cloud, permeating everything and confusing our sense of reality. In You Play the Girl, Carina Chocano shows how we metabolize the subtle, fragmented messages embedded in our everyday experience and how our identity is shaped by them. From Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen, from the progressive 70s through the backlash 80s, the glib 90s, and the pornified aughtsand at stops in betweenChocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. She explains how growing up in the shadow of the girl taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen.
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Eyelit
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I just noticed a certain colorful trend in my current reads, kinda loving it
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Eyelit
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Reading about portrayals of women in various forms of media while waiting to chop all my hair off (ok, most, I‘ve never been able to pull off the pixie cut). 💇🏻📚😄

DivineDiana Post a post cut pic! 😉 4mo
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Eyelit
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I‘ve not been the greatest at sticking to my planned #tbr lists each month, and that‘s ok. Here‘s my stack of #mttbr reads for May. I‘ll more than likely change it up as the month goes on, but 2 of these will def be read for book clubs. 😄

janeycanuck Parnassus on Wheels is a delight - and a very quick read. 5mo
Nebklvr Parnassus on wheels! 👍 5mo
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The most thorough look at how women are presented in film I‘ve read. Chocano combines searing insights and personal anecdotes to explore women‘s roles in film and what it means for society. #nonfiction #essays #feminism

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AlisonC
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I just started this, but I can already tell it‘s something I‘ll be thinking about for a while.

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Leftcoastzen
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Carina Chocano is whip smart & though these essays cover serious feminist issues,at times she is super funny.She has freelanced a lot, struggled , and “gets” the gig economy.She zeros in on our Pop culture world & how some say it‘s better for women but often she shows how they have just tilted the lens.As a mother, she doesn‘t shy from taking on the Disney Princess empire .The last essay that brings up Virginia Woolf scores extra points for me.

DebinHawaii Great review! Stacked it! 📚👍 1y
KateFulfordAuthor Excellent review- thanks DiH 1y
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Beachesnbooks
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Mini book haul! The tagged book is by one of the writers I found in the Nasty Women essay anthology, Carina Chocano, and I'm excited to read more from her.

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aboutgilly
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Carina has a way with words, reinforcing opinions I have about the feminine ideal through a media lens. I enjoyed her outlook on what it means to be a woman in the public eye, examining in depth the fictional characters we know & love such as Alice, Maleficent, and Elsa. And y‘all know me, I like my Disney princesses.

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The girl writer and her relationship to the marketplace are complex. Which identity is hot now, which hallway should you choose? The fixation on crazy-girl artists makes me uncomfortable, too. It is such a cliche, after all, so gooey and indulgent, so irritatingly girly. When have feminine genius and madness NOT been linked?

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Mehso-so

After hearing about this essay collection on All the Books! I knew I had to check it out. The intersection of pop culture and feminism is one of my sweet spots. But I found this collection to be too self-serious for my taste. I prefer my feminist essays more in the earnest, down-to-earth, hilarious Lindy West/Caitlin Moran vein. But it was a worthwhile if not entirely enjoyable read, with lots of good food for thought. #GIVEAWAYREALTALK @Liberty

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anrobe
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I am hearing great things about this one so I‘m adding it to my bookshelf!

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stephani06
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First day of October outside with this read and the Sunday Times.

Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 2y
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Eyelit
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My overdrive #tbr - I'm hoping I can actually read all of them before they are due... but the likelihood of that is pretty small. 😫
I'm basically terrible with ebooks - more often than not I forget about them. Physical library books have more urgency - even though I can usually renew those. Ugh. I need a cognitive recalibration for library ebooks, methinks. 😄

Hestapleton You and me both! 2y
DrexEdit ? I love the phrase "cognitive recalibration." 2y
dariazeoli I try to pace myself with my holds because when more than 3 come in at once, I get agita! 2y
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kerry
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waiting room reads

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brownekr
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Well.

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SaraBeagle
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The author explores the representation of women in pop culture and the media- from Playboy to Disney, and Bewitched to The Bachelor. She drives her points home with historical contexts and personal experiences. She is funny and, even though she eviscerates some of my favorite movies, I enjoyed her essays.

AThousandLives87 Sounds super interesting!!! 3y
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SaraBeagle
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Huh. Another fun fact.

SaraBeagle The rest of this chapter is infuriating- how the centers were closed and the attempts to recreate the law were labeled anti-family. 3y
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SaraBeagle
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Fun fact.